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Foundation Degree Early Years Childhood Studies - Part Time

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Course Description

This course is aimed at practitioners and students who are interested in working with children and can provide an appropriate pathway for gaining Early Years Teaching Status (EYTS).

You will develop your independent thinking, analytical and communication skills and this will help you become a clear and confident writer. The course is run in partnership with the University of Bolton and is available on a 2-year full time or 3-year part time route.

This programme is aimed at individuals who have an interest in developing the knowledge and skills for working with children aged 0-8 years.


Foundation Degree in Early Years

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 & 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 Registration.


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.

  • Learning in the Digital Age
  • Study Skills and Personal Development Planning
  • Facilitating Children’s Learning
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Social Policy
  • The Developing Child
  • Safeguarding children
  • Developing Reflective Practice
  • Creating Positive Learning Experiences for Children
  • Research Perspectives
  • Independent Research Project


2 years full-time

3 years part-time



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 top up degree course is possible followed by a PGCE or employment in a range of careers in Education, Health, Social care or Early years.

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