Foundation Degree Early Years Practice (SHU) - Full Time Year 1

Course Overview

The aim of the foundation degree is to provide a professional development opportunity and a progression route to becoming a graduate. It is designed for people already working in the field of early years who already hold a level 3 qualification and have some post qualifying experience. The course links research and child development theory to professional practice and has well established relationships with local and regional employers.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading) in English, a Maths GCSE is preferable (If a student wishes to pursue onto post graduate study in teaching, maths and science will be required)
You should have at least one year post level 3 experience of working with children and currently be working for a minimum of 2 days per week in an appropriate setting. This can be paid or voluntary.

You will also need a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate that has been issued within 12 months of the start of the course. You can apply for one at enrolment, for a fee, if necessary.

Course Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used from reports and essays to presentations, academic posters and portfolios. Typically each module has one form of assessment attached to it. The assessments have been carefully designed to support and develop your skills in independent thinking and learning.

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.All candidates who are accepted for the programme will be expected to produce a current, valid, enhanced DBS certificate. If they do not hold one, then they will complete an application form which will be forwarded to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a check under the Disclosure of Criminal Background – Protection of Children Act by the college staff. There will be a charge for this.

Course Includes

On this programme you will study the following modules:
Year One
o The Enabling Practitioner in the 21st Century
o The Reflective Student
o Learning and Development
o Working Together
o Pioneers and Pedagogies
o Effective Teamwork

Year Two
o The Critically Reflective Student
o Safeguarding in Practice
o Leadership and Management
o Research Theory and Practice
o Positive Relationships
o Practitioners as Play Partners


Foundation Degree Early Years Practice

Course Potential Careers

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, graduates could progress to a senior position within their workplace. Students have pursued managerial positions within nurseries/workplaces.
On successful completion of level 5, students may apply for a one-year top-up on the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies at Stockport College, which is also awarded by Sheffield Hallam University. The majority of students choose this option to enhance their career progression opportunities. Some students have pursued PGCE Primary qualification routes or EYTS training.

Course Dates

September 2019 – June 2021

Course Times

To be confirmed

Email Contact

Examining Body

Sheffield Hallam University

Hours Per Week

Full Time (one day attendance). You will attend one day per week, spend two days in an appropriate setting, and use the remaining time for independent study.

Phone Contact

0300 300 0090

Programme Structure

This course caters for people who are already working in the field of early years and childcare to provide a professional development opportunity. Our course links current research and child development theory to professional practice and has well established relationships with local and regional employers.


30-34 weeks