About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

Please note that this course is suspended at North Herts College.

This course is available in Clearing. To apply, please use the links below.

If you've got experience in childcare and would like to build on this by gaining a qualification, our Foundation degree in Early Years is designed for you. It's been developed in full consultation with employers.

Take a look at the course booklet to find out more.

*Please note this course is part-time only for 2018/19 entry. 

Progression routes

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Early Years, students are able to progress onto the third year of BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and BA  (Hons) Education Studies.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Foundation Degree in Early Years 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Foundation Degree in Early Years
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Foundation Degree in Early Years 2019 Programme specification 1 Foundation Degree in Early Years

Why choose this course?

This Foundation Degree, is available part-time at Hertford Regional College (Ware), Oaklands College (Welwyn Garden City Campus) and West Herts College. This course is suspended for 2019 entry at North Herts College. It has been designed in full consultation with employers, and is for those who already have some relevant experience on which to build.

Further Information

Find out more about the Foundation degree in Early Years and related Foundation degrees accredited by the University of Hertfordshire.

Course details

Careers

When you successfully complete this Foundation Degree, you'll be able to progress to the Final Year of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education course at the University of Hertfordshire. Alternatively you may seek the opportunity to progress into employment - for example; management, advisory work, therapeutic service , community projects, social care and work with children and families. 

Teaching methods

Students will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment as part of the Foundation Degree in Early Years. Such active approaches aim to put students at the centre of their learning and they will be involved and engaged in all aspects of their assessment and learning. High expectations will be communicated to each student to promote a self-filling prophecy to perform to the highest standard.

Diversity of opportunity for students to demonstrate their talents and strengths will be provided across the programme. Hence, a variety of approaches to learning and teaching will be utilised to reflect the academic level, session content and outcomes.

Structure

  • Year 1
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Perspectives on Early Years - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Perspectives on Early Years - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Perspectives on Early Years - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    Perspectives on Early Years - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Early Years policy and practice - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Early Years policy and practice - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Early Years policy and practice - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    Early Years policy and practice - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Play and Learning - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Play and Learning - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Play and Learning - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    Play and Learning - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Developing Child - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Developing Child - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Developing Child - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Developing Child - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    SEND - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    SEND - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    SEND - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    SEND - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Wellbeing - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Wellbeing - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Wellbeing - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    Wellbeing - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Management - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Management - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Management - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Management - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Collaborative practice - NHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Collaborative practice - WHC 30 Credits Compulsory
    Collaborative practice - OAK 30 Credits Compulsory
    Collaborative practice - HRC 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £770 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    48 UCAS points 

    IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at Grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

    GCSE English Language at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above and GCSE Mathematics at Grade 4 (Grade C) and above, or an equivalent from the University of Hertfordshire’s equivalency list.

    48 UCAS points to come from a relevant qualification such as Level 3 CACHE certificate or significant relevant work experience, satisfactory reference, evidence of current DBS and interview.

    The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including BTEC, IB and Access courses.

    At least one satisfactory reference from an employer or workplace manager (part-time applicants) or an employer, workplace manager or tutor (full-time applicants).  You are also required to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS.

    You will be required to attend a guidance interview for this programme.

    How to apply

    2020

    Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
    15/09/202030/09/20211North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    15/09/202030/09/20211Oaklands CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    15/09/202030/09/20211Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    15/09/202030/09/20211West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
    15/09/202130/09/20221Oaklands CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    15/09/202130/09/20221North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    15/09/202130/09/20221Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Part Time)
    15/09/202130/09/20221West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)