Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Stockport College


Further Details


University Level

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years


Childcare & Education

Course Overview

Who would benefit from this course and who is it aimed at?

The aim of the foundation degree is to provide a professional 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. It combines study with workplace learning. Students will make links between theory and practice, gain a deeper knowledge of how children learn and develop and explore aspects of social policy which affects children and their families.

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
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading) in English or maths
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area
Related work experience will be considered in place of a formal qualifications.

You must have experience of working with children post level 3 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.

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.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students have moved to a managerial positionin their workplace. They can also apply for a one year level 6 ‘Top-up’ to 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 further. For example, some students have pursued PGCE Primary qualification routes or EYTS.

A range of assessment methods are used from reports, academic posters, essays, presentations 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 and you will gain confidence to offer a point of view.

Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice

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.
Any trips will be any additional cost.

Year 1 is £8,200 and Year 2 is £6,995 (full-Time) *Subject to Office for Students registration.

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; influences in the Early Years Curriculum
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
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