Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice - University of Chester

University of Chester

Validated and awarded by University of Chester

The Foundation Degree in Early Years comprises of 240 credits: 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5. Each module is worth 20 credits and you will study six modules at Level 4 across Year 1 and Year 2, Semester 1. You then study six modules at Level 5 across Year 2, Semester 2 and Year 3.

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

The Foundation Degree 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.

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.

Part-time Programme

You will also need to complete an online application from University of Chester

Learning and teaching strategies include lectures, presentations, group-work activities, case study, guided reflection, tutorial support and independent study. A vital aspect of the Foundation Degree is the invaluable learning which takes place in the workplace setting. Through exploring theoretical perspectives students will be able to reflect upon and share their experience in practice settings and relate this to current thinking.

Assessment is through a variety of forms and includes: a reflective portfolio, presentation, analysis of work-place scenario, reflective essay and case study. The assessment strategies adopted are designed to enable students to demonstrate their achievement of module learning outcomes and the relationship between work based learning and academic study.

The course is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS).

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

You must provide evidence of your qualifications, photocopies are not acceptable. Your centre of study will make arrangements to see your original certificates before you can be formally enrolled.

Applications via UCAS, use code: XX12

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).

£4,065 (Fee is per year)
Financial support could be available through Student Finance England.
Course Code:
Care, Childcare And Health & Social Care
Beaufort Road
3 Years
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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.

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