Higher Education

Early Years Foundation Degree

Full-Time + Part-Time

This programme is validated and quality assured by the University of Worcester and delivered at Halesowen College as a partner of the University

About this course

This degree aims to develop you as a reflective early years practitioner who can make a positive difference to the lives of the children, families and communities with whom you work. We take a holistic, child centered approach within a framework of integrated working with other professionals.

Personal/professional development, theory and practice and work-based enquiry, are interwoven to support your academic and professional development. Modules are carefully designed to embed transferable and study skills to boost your employability prospects. This interconnected approach is reflected in a range of assignments designed to encourage you to consider a variety of perspectives and the development of critical skills in relation to theory applied to practice.

This course enables you to have the opportunity to work at the same time as studying either full time or part time and put what you learn into practice. Achieving this degree allows you to progress to a BA (Hons) Top Up programme.

What are the attendance arrangements?

The full time course lasts for two years. Attendance is two days per week at College and two days per week in a paid or voluntary work placement in an appropriate setting.

There is also a part time route; attendance is one evening per week for two and a half years. Students following the part time route also need to be in a volunteer or work position.

Students will be required to attend a Saturday Induction programme at the University of Worcester in Year 1 and are also required to attend a mandatory Saturday conferences at the University of Worcester each academic year.

What are the entry requirements?

32 UCAS Tariff points

  • Acceptable qualifications include a minimum of 1 A Level and maximum of 3 1/2 A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, for example the CACHE Diploma or EdExcel BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.
  • Evidence of level 2 Literacy is required, for example key skills or functional skills at level 2 or GCSE English language at Grade C/4 or above. If you do not have evidence of Literacy at level 2, it will be necessary to complete a non-standard entry essay to demonstrate competence in written English.
  • Current police clearance to work with young children (DBS check). Relevant forms will be sent by admissions on receipt of a firm acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.
  • A testimony / reference that supports the your suitability for the course.

Practitioners who do not hold the qualifications outlined above will be considered on the basis of prior professional experience and related learning.

Programme aims

  1. Provide the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for the care and education of children within wider Early Years settings.
  2. Develop students as independent reflective practitioners, with a sound understanding of the wider issues relating to young children and their development.
  3. Develop students as effective advocates for the rights of young children.
  4. Develop an understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework of Early Years, and the effect that it has on children and their families.
  5. Enable students to develop appropriate pedagogical approaches to working inclusively with children and families, exploring theory in practice within their settings.
  6. Develop students’ personal and transferable skills, including communication, IT, team working and leadership, study skills, safeguarding and problem solving.
  7. Provide a suitable basis for progression to further academic study or professional qualifications.


A variety of assessment methods both practical and theoretical.

There are no formal examinations: assessment is made by submission of assignments that link directly to practice and lead to improving quality for children and families.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) can be given for those students who have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications or work based experience

Employability and Progression

Those graduating from the FdA programme may apply to study for a BA (Hons) in Integrated Working with Children & Families Top-up degree or other related subject.

On completion of a top-up programme and providing you also have English, Mathematics and Science at GCSE Grade C or above it is possible to apply for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status or Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status.

The FdA is also a suitable basis for a range of careers in social work, children’s charities, nurseries, day-care, schools and the Health Service.

Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3NA
Note: delivery sites may change dependent upon viable recruitment

Although enrolled students will be defined as Full Time and Part Time students of the University of Worcester, the course will be held at Halesowen College. Students will have access to resources and facilities at both sites.


Tuition Fee

(Full-time Students) - £9,250 per year Tuition Fee

(Part-time Students)* - £2,313 per 30 credit module

Course code

Early Years X312 E, J, Q, V FdA/EY (Full-time and Part-time)

How to apply

Applications for the full time course should be made online through UCAS. Applications for the part time course should be made through the University of Worcester. The application form is available at: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/Part-time-study-application.pdf

Other Information

The University of Worcester is committed to offering education to a diverse range of applicants. If you have prior learning (APL) which includes accreditation of certificated learning (APCL) and experiential learning (APEL) you may be able to use these to gain credits towards the Foundation Degree.

The following are required for both standard and non-standard entry:

  • A statement of support from your current employer to provide the time, opportunity and support for work-based requirements and release to attend university-based study
  • A testimony from an appropriately qualified referee
  • Evidence of current police check (DBS) clearance to work with young children

Practice learning can be supported within a range of early years settings, including children-™s centres and childminders and schools.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Derham: Course Leader Foundation Degree Early Years 0121 602 7572

Clare Vincent: Student Adviser (Progression and Employment) 0121 602 7650 email cvincent@halesowen.ac.uk

Delivery — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Independent Study 20% 20%
Placement 40% 40%
Timetabled Classes 40% 40%
Delivery — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Independent Study 20% 20% 20%
Placement 40% 40% 40%
Timetabled Classes 40% 40% 40%
Assessment — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Coursework 50% 50%
Practical 50% 50%
Written 0% 0%
Assessment — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Coursework 50% 50% 50%
Practical 50% 50% 50%
Written 0% 0% 0%