About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

Please note that this course is suspended for 2019 entry 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


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.


Level 4

Core Modules


Level 5

Core Modules


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


Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
09/09/201930/09/20201Oaklands CollegeApply online (Part Time)
09/09/201930/09/20201West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
09/09/201930/09/20201North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
09/09/201930/09/20201Hertford Regional CollegeApply online (Part Time)


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