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Foundation Degree Early Years Childhood Studies - Full Time

Course Description

This course prepares students for a range of careers in childcare at supervisory management level and can provide an appropriate pathway for gaining Early Years Teaching Status (EYTS). The course is run in partnership with the University of Bolton.

Applicants must have a Level 3 or higher qualification, full time applications need to be made through UCAS (see below). UCAS support is available for students already studying at Hopwood Hall College.


Foundation Degree in Early Years


Level 5

2 Years - Full Time

Based at: Middleton Campus

Fees: £6000 per year full-time (total course cost £12000 2 years full-time). £4000 per year part-time (total course costs £12000 3 years part-time).

There is no charge for a DBS for all students undertaking volunteer work placement.

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Course Code X310

Institution code H54

Applications for this course are made via the UCAS website - click here.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

80 UCAS tariff points which could include:

  • 2 or more A Levels
  • BTEC/Edexcel National Level 3
  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) or Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
  • GCSE English and maths at Grade C/4 or above

Mature students can apply with no formal qualifications but with a minimum of three years relevant industry experience. A formal literacy diagnostic and comprehension assessment will be required to assess academic capability.

Acceptance subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Fit Person



The course is made up of both compulsory modules, which all students undertake, and a specialist unit that enable you to study particular areas in depth.

Level 4 modules

• ICT to support children’s learning

• Study skills

• Facilitating children’s learning

• Inclusive practice

• Social policy

• Developing Child

Level 5 modules

  • Safeguarding children
  • Reflective practice
  • Creating positive learning experiences for children
  • Research perspectives

Level 5 Specialist unit

  • Independent research project


2 years full-time

3 years part-time

Start date;


Wednesday 9am - 9pm (Lunch 12pm - 1pm, break 3pm - 5pm, dinner break 6:30pm - 7pm)


£6000 per year full-time

£4000 per year part-time

Additional charge for DBS


Work Experience

Students not currently in employment, but with relevant work experience, will undertake placements during the course.


Accelerated progression onto a relevant degree course is possible. Certain universities may give you exemption from units within related degree courses.