Level 4/5 Foundation Degree in Early Years


Hastings (Station Plaza)


Level 5

Course Type

HE (Degree Level)


Higher Education (HE)

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Options Course Code Starts Ends Days From To Annual Fee Overseas Fee
enquire apply 16677y1 19/09/22 14/06/24 Tuesday + Thursday 18:00 21:00 £7995 £9000

What will I study?

During the course you will study modules that will relate directly to your workplace, and allow you to put your learning into practise. You will understand the process of learning for children and young people, study language and literacy development, and fully understand safeguarding, welfare, and wellbeing of young people.

Modules include:

  • The Practitioner as Learner
  • Children and Young People’s Learning and Development
  • Pedagogical approaches and the adult role
  • Play as a Developmental Learning Process
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development
  • Professional Reflective Practice in Learning and Development
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Assessing Children’s Achievements and Families in Communities

How will I be assessed?

You will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence as well as submitting essays. You will also be assessed in the workplace for elements of some of the units.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have completed this course you will be a well-equipped practitioner to take on either a formal leadership role within the setting or a role which focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace.

You may choose to complete your academic studies with us by continuing onto the Level 6 BA (Hons) in Early Years Care and Education validated by the University of Brighton.

Are there any extra costs?

There will be a charge for a DBS ( formally CRB Criminal Records Bureau) check if students are not currently employed in their setting.

Additional Info

Applicants must be involved in at least 12 hours / week of activity focused time with groups of children. They must have agreement from the workplace/employer to support the them through workplace learning facilitations, including provision of learning and assessment opportunities required by the course. Applicants must have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

Studying Our Early Year Degrees

Meet our course leader, Anji Golledge. She’ll explain how our degree course is structured to fit perfectly around your job role, tell you more about the course, and reveal what opportunities are available to you once you’ve finished. You’ll also meet second-year student, Lisa, who will tell you how this course is helping her in her current early years role.