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Foundation Degree in Early Years (Full Time)

Course Title

Foundation Degree in Early Years
240 credits (120 at Level 4, and 120 at Level 5)

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

Campus Location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

The FdA in Early Years (0-8) aims to provide a child-centred approach and framework for academic and professional skills development. This course takes a holistic, child centred approach and sits within a culture of inter-agency working which requires you to maintain high standards of care and education. You are expected to develop your personal and professional dispositions within a framework that promotes inclusion and diversity.

Students who gain the award of FdA Early Years (0-8) will have demonstrated intellectual abilities and key transferable attributes, descriptors of which are informed by the QAA Characteristics Statement for Foundation Degrees (2015)  and QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Early Childhood Studies (2014).

Students who gain the award of FdA Early Years (0-8) will have met the requirements for EYE (including 350 hours of placement which grants a license to practice in early years, Ofsted registered settings.

FdA Early Years (0-8) remains a sought after qualification for those wishing to progress in the area of Early Years education and care. The identified progression route to an honours award is the BA (Hons) Top Up in Integrated Working with Children and families. Other possibilities include BA Early Childhood and Society, BA (Hons) Social Welfare, BA (Hons) Education Studies, BSc (Hons) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Top UP, Early Years Teacher and direct entry to year two of BA Hons Primary Education (QTS).

Length of course

Two Years

Compulsory modules


Year 1 – Level 4

  • The Developing Child (30 credits)
  • Health and Wellbeing (30 credits)
  • Playful Pedagogy (30 credits)      
  • Introduction to Work-Based Learning (30 credits)

Year 2 – Level 5

  • Childhood, a Global Perspective (30 credits)     
  • Policy into Practice (30 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children’s Welfare in the Early Years and Integrating Our Work with Other Agencies (30 credits)
  • Small Scale Practice-Based Enquiry and Future progression (30 credits)


Full time course

  • Students attend College two days per week and participate in a range of activities, including tutor led information via lecture format, self-directed independent study, on-line learning activities, group discussions, workshops, small groups, paired work and discussion, content analysis of relevant materials – audio visual and text based sources, peer learning group activities, use of visual, auditory and physical technologies and support mechanisms
  • Students allocated Personal Academic Tutor to support transition to studying higher education, and offer information, advice and guidance.
  • Students are encouraged to use a range of resources, including books and journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials.
  • Course resources are provided using Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Centre (VLE)


You will engage in a range of learning and assessment styles and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting work. Work based assignments will enable you to engage with your own practice and to share knowledge and expertise with others through activities such as group work and presentations.

In the second year of the course you will undertake a work-based study, which will allow you, with individual tutorial support, to focus on a particular area of interest within your professional practice.

Example modes of assessments include: written assignments, presentations, workshops, case studies, reflective portfolio entries, problem based learning, reflective journals, seminars, independent studies, workplace investigations, self-evaluation/needs analysis, evaluations, literature critiques.

How to apply

Via UCAS using the following code: X312

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or 

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the University of Worcester Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice

Entry requirements

  • 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 applicants 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 suitability for the course.

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

Work-based learning is an embedded element of the course. It is a requirement that students are employed or volunteer, for a minimum of 600 hours, in an early years setting for the duration of the course (2 days a week).  This is assessed within the Portfolio of Practice.

For students following the FdA Early Years (0-8) (Professional Practice) pathway, this enables students to meet the 350 hours of practice which is required to gain a licence to practice in early years.

Additional costs to consider may include purchasing resources relating to reading research.

Progressional agreements

For students on the Foundation Degree in Early Years (0-8), apply to University of Worcester for the BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families top-up, and you will be guaranteed an offer of place or interview.


Start date

September 2019


Tuesdays and Thursdays


9.00am – 4.00pm

Course fee (per annum)

Please refer to the University of Worcester programme page for course fee information

Course code

Full-time students should apply via UCAS, using the UCAS code: X312


Study mode

Full Time

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