Foundation Degree Early Years Sector Endorsed

Entry Requirements

You will be at least 18 years of age with experience working with children from 0-8 years in an early years setting. You will have an appropriate Level 3 early years or childcare qualification, ideally with GCSE 'C' grade or above in English and maths, or be working towards this.

You will be working paid or voluntary, at least 1 full day per week, with children within this age group. A mentor willing to support your professional development is also essential.

An enhanced DBS check will also be needed.

What's Involved

This course is an excellent progression for those early years practitioners wanting to enhance their knowledge and employability in the early years sector. It is suitable for practitioners working in all early years settings including nurseries, schools and playgroups.

The foundation degree comprises of two years part time study and enable you to progress onto various one year ‘Top Up’ degrees including the BA (Hons) Young Children and Childhood Studies at Teesside University or the BA (Hons) Education and Training with Teesside University at Darlington College.

This course will run each Wednesday 4pm-9pm.

Course subject to viable numbers.

Anyone wishing to apply for this course must complete an application form through the University system EVision. You will then be invited in for an informal interview with the programme leader.

You will be taught through seminars, lectures, interactive workshop sessions and our virtual learning environment with allocated tutorial support which focuses on study skills. Research-based findings on study skills will be used within the learning strategy. You will access self-study resource materials - media and internet usage. You will receive written and oral feedback to help you improve your future work.

Modules of study Level 4:

> Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives of Childhood Development

> Early Years Policy

> Play and Active Learning

> Professional Development Projects

Modules of study Level 5:

> Research in the Early Years

> Influences on Early Learning

> Protecting Children and Promoting Well-being in the Early Years

> Professional Development Projects

Please note modules are subject to change

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed through coursework which may include essays, reports, case studies, research reports and portfolio work.

What's Next

From the Early Years Foundation Degree you are able to progress onto the BA (Hons) Young Children and Childhood Studies or a BA (Hons) Education and Training, and other honours degrees. Progression into various teacher training programmes is possible once an honours degree is achieved.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

We have a dedicated Higher Education Academic Support Tutor to support you to develop your skills at University level.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University. The finance department can be reached on 01642 342172.

All fees are per year.

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your course. Study now, pay when you are earning. See

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Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 5
Awarding Body: Teesside University
Academic Year: 22/23
Start Date: September 2022

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