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Early Years Foundation Degree

What is the Early Years Foundation Degree?

The Foundation Degree in Early Years is validated by Middlesex University and it represents the first two years of an Honours degree programme. Students can choose to ‘top up’ their qualification to a full BA in a degree of their choice and have a period of five years to do this after successful completion.

Who is it for?

This work-based Foundation Degree is for people who are working or are interested in working with children from 0-5 years within the Early Years Foundation Stage. We encourage students to gain experiences across the breadth of the curriculum throughout the duration of the course.

The degree has been specially designed to support the development of students’ academic skills, which will be particularly useful if you are returning to education after a break. It will also serve as a fantastic introduction to the academic expectations of Higher Education for those who have more recently studied.

Students on this programme will be expected to be working or volunteering in a role relevant to this Foundation Degree, with children from 0-5 years within the Early Years Foundation Stage, for a minimum of 100 hours over the duration of the course. Assistance will be given to help find work placements if required.

How much time will I spend in the classroom?

The degree is delivered over 33 weeks, term-time only thus making it a full-time course. The degree is delivered on Wednesdays from 1.30pm until 7.30pm.

How will I be assessed?

On this course, there are no examinations. You will be assessed through a combination of strategies including essays, reports, individual and group presentations, case studies, research reports and work-based assignments – there are no examinations. By using a variety of different assessment methods we aim to enable the development of key transferrable skills into the workplace.

What will I study?

First Year Modules:

Term 1: September – January

– Study Skills for Effective Work-Based Learning
– The Developing Child
– Applying the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Term 2: January – June

– Work-Based Research Proposal
– Effective Leadership
– Applying the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Year 2 Modules:

Term 1: September – January

– Inclusive Education
– Safeguarding, working with families and professionals
– Work-based learning project

Term 2: January – June

– Social Pedagogy
– Understanding and managing human behaviour
– Work-based learning project

What are the requirements?

If you are under 21 you will be required to have at least two A Levels (160 UCAS Points) or equivalent. If you are over 21 you will be required to have a Level 3 qualification or two A Levels (160 UCAS Points) or equivalent; or significant experience of working in the education sector.

Mature students without traditional qualifications may also be accepted following APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) providing you can show appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.

You will also need both English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above, or equivalent.

Course Fees

Course fees are £5,995 per annum and tuition fee loans are available for this course, plus other maintenance loans depending on individual eligibility.

Further information and guidance is available from the Student Loan website or from Faye Mawdesley Head of Careers by e-mailing

For more information about the Foundation Degree in Early Years, please contact HE Development Manager, Kathy Salisbury:

T: 01772 460181 (ext: 2240)

Download the Application Form Here


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This programme was developed and is delivered
and assessed by Cardinal Newman College, awarded by and
quality assured by Middlesex University.

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