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Foundation Degree in Early Years (Part Time)

Course Title

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

Year 1 – 90 credits
Year 2 – 90 credits
Year 3 – 60 credits

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 within a framework of integrated working with other professionals.

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 be full and relevant, having  met the requirements for EYE (including 350 hours of placement). 

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

Part Time: Three Years

Compulsory modules


Year 1 – Level 4

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

Year 2 – Level 4/5

  • Playful Pedagogy (30 credits)
  • Childhood, a Global Perspective (30 credits)
  • Policy into Practice (30 credits)

Year 3 – Level 5

  • 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)

The Foundation Degree offers students a choice of pathways:

  1. Pathway one: Foundation Degree Early Years (0-8) will also include:
    Reflection on practice development related to the Learning Outcomes for FDEY1004 (Level 4 and FDEY2004 (Level 5), and an Action Plan as part of the assessment for FDEY2004 (Level 5), identifying further practice development
  2. Pathway two: Foundation Degree Early Years (0-8) (Professional Practice) will also include:
    Skills Audit mapped to the Early Years Educator standards at Level 4, with a review and Action Plan at the end to lead into Level 5.
    Evidence of skills will be signed off in placement by an experienced practitioner.  At Level 5 the skills audit will be mapped to the QAA subject benchmark statements Early Childhood Studies

For more information about the distinction between the Foundation Degree in Early Years (0-8) and the Foundation Degree Early Years (0-8) (Professional Practice) pathways, please contact the course leader, Sandra Derham on 0121 602 7777, or email


Full Time and Part Time available for 2020 entry

Part time course

  • Students attend College one evening 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 environment (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 third 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

Please make part-time applications via University of Worcester’s online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

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 (at least 1 day 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 2020


2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Currently, for 2019 entry, the full time course is delivered over one evening per week.  


2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Course fee (per annum)

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

Course code

Students should apply via UCAS Apply using the following code: X315, or X313 for Professional Practice)

Study mode

Full Time and Part Time available for 2020 entry

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