This foundation degree is designed to offer you appropriate education and training as a professional currently working within early years workforce but who lack a qualification at degree level.
Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the development of practical, personal and professional attributes. This includes qualities such as knowledge of early years policy and practice, challenging assumptions, responding to different views in an enterprising way and adopting collaborative ways of working with children, parents and other professionals.
The blended teaching and learning approach adopted by this Foundation degree enables you to become digitally literate, share knowledge, reflect on practice and develop professionals who are enterprising with their ideas.
In Year 1, your study will explore how children and young people develop. This focused programme will also examine child health and safety, play and leisure, diversity issues and what it means to be growing up in the twenty-first century.
During your second year you will look at families and communities in context. You will also examine curricula frameworks and explore theoretical approaches to learning. As a research skill you will learn how to study children and young people.
There is also opportunity to engage in practical work based investigations that lead to quality improvement strategies and engage purposefully with reflective thinking.
This Foundation degree is taught on a flexible basis and allows you to undertake your studies around your working commitments.
You will also benefit from excellent learning resources and a blended learning approach which has been exemplified as good practice by our external examiner.
All the members of the teaching team are active researchers of Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies.
“The course has helped me recognise the importance of reflecting on my own practice…it helped me become a better informed practitioner.”
“Friendly and approachable staff, tutor support was great.”
“Flexible course helped me be successful in my studies.”
Successful completion of this course could lead to Early Years Teacher Status, primary teaching, social work, health education, early year’s management, children’s information services, play services and community family support work. You have progression to the final stages of an Honours degree at the University, such as the BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies. You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills.
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance and challenges of inter-agency working when leading practice to meet the needs of children and families, including health and wellbeing.
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the expected pattern of children’s development from birth, including pedagogical approaches, creative planning of learning opportunities, the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment and methods of researching these.
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to working with children and families in a global context.
To be aware of, analyse and make critical judgements in terms of impact and ethicality about key concepts, theories, new principles and issues of policy in a systematic way and evaluate the inter-relationship between work-based learning and quality improvement.
To be able to reflect on your own value system and evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses for future learning and apply this to your academic study and professional practice.
To undertake enterprising work-based investigation and problem-solving and be able to communicate clearly a wide range of theoretical positions to a range of audiences using appropriate media and digital literacy skills.
You must be employed or have experience for one/two years of working with children and families, or in a long term voluntary placement
Hold a level three qualification (NVQ level three, NNEB diploma, BTEC National Diploma, Diploma in Child Care and Education)
Usually be over 21 years of age
We also offer the opportunity to accredit prior certificated learning at level 4 through our APL system
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.