Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice - University of Chester

University of Chester

Validated and awarded by University of Chester

Your Unique Experience

The FD in Early Years is a flexible employment-related degree which combines traditional university study, with learning that takes place at work. It is equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree and has been designed specifically to equip you with relevant practical and transferable key skills.

Course Content

The course covers the following units:

Year 1

Practice - based Enquiry

Promoting Positive Relationships

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Fostering Positive Relationships

Year 2

Understanding the Development of the Child

The Importance of Play in the Early Years

Communication and Early Years Practice

Enabling Environments

Year 3

Practice - based Enquiry (2)

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Inclusive Practice and Diversity

The Health and Well - being of Children and Young People

More than just a Course

If you work as an Early Years Practitioner or would like to become a practitioner at Level 4/5 and develop your professional knowledge and understanding while still working, then the Foundation Degree in Early Years may be for you.

Course Format

Part-time Programme

Entry Qualifications

Applicants must have;

An NQF/QCF Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject

English and (ideally) Mathematics a GCSE (or Equivalent), grade C or above

Approximately 2 years’ experience of working in a relevant setting either voluntarily or employed

Support of their employer to undertake the programme with a satisfactory reference

A recent DBS check that must be paid for by the applicant.


This programme is central to the Government’s desire to create both a professional career structure (including graduate practitioner status) for those working in Education and Children’s Services and to improve routes into the teaching profession. Progression from a Foundation Degree can lead to a final year of an honours degree followed progression to Early Years Qualified Teacher Status (EYQTS).


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web:

Course Details

Course fees are per year.
Financial support could be available through Student Finance England.
Course Code:
Care, Childcare And Health & Social Care
Beaufort Road
3 Years
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

19/09/2017 13:05:07

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.