Early Years

Level 4/5, Foundation Degree

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Days & Times: 1 day a week

Start Date: September

Fee: £5,800 per year (Eligible for Student Finance)

Course Description

With students from a diverse range of backgrounds, our two-year programme will encourage you to engage with fundamental questions surrounding Early Years care, learning and development and their relationship to children and adults working in the sector.

There are currently greater expectations of childcare and education than ever before, as understanding grows of how early interventions in children’s lives can make a tremendous difference to their future learning, development and well-being.

This Foundation Degree can form part of the journey towards graduate status while giving you the theoretical knowledge linked to practical experience to meet the high expectations of today’s Early Years practitioners.

You will attend lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops one day a week so that you can study successfully alongside your employment.

This course is offered in partnership with, and validated by, University of Hertfordshire.


Compulsory modules throughout the two years include:

  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Professional Responsibilities
  • Working with Others
  • Current Issues in Early Years
  • Curriculum Perspectives
  • An Introduction to Research

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

Assessment is through a combination of essays, reports, reflective logs and presentations. There are no formal examinations.

What Could I Do Next?

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There are clear progression routes that facilitate opportunities for students to progress towards another qualification. On graduation, graduates could follow a career in Early Years practice or could use their Foundation degree as entry into the BA (Honours) Education Studies and Early Years at Seevic college.

General Entry Requirements

Alongside access to suitable work-related experience in an Early Years setting for around
150 hours per year, you will also require:

  • 112 UCAS points in a relevant Level 3 BTEC qualification or A-Levels
  • GCSE Grade C or above in English 
  • A successful interview with a Tutor.


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