Foundation Degree in Early Years

Peter Symonds College
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Professional Training
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5,950 GBP excl. VAT
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5,950 GBP

Course description

Foundation Degree in Early Years

Foundation degrees are the first two years of an honours degree programme, but they are also a qualification in their own right. Our Early Years course is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex Award on successful completion. Students studying a Foundation Degree can apply to do a "top-up" year to obtain a full BA (Hons) degree in Early Years. This course is also available at AHED.

Suitability - Who should attend?

All eligible applicants will be required to undertake an interview. It is expected that you would have at least a level 3 Certificate / Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development or Children & Young Person’s Workforce. Students under the age of 21 will be expected to have a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare or similar or 2 A Levels (64 UCAS points).

Mature students, over the age of 21, without traditional qualifications may also be accepted following Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) providing they can show appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience. They would need to make a claim for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as exemptions from parts of the degree programmes are possible. Claimants seeking RPL and RPEL must apply to the College and may be required to present a portfolio in support of their claims.

All students will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to the start of the course.

A requirement of the course is for students to be employed or working in a voluntary capacity in a relevant setting for a minimum of 100 hours throughout the course. Those currently not working will be given some support in finding a suitable position; however responsibility for this ultimately lies with the student.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The course will provide students with the opportunity to examine policy, research and practice in early childhood education, provision and care. It will also enable you to research specific topics and themes directly relevant to your work. The course offers a flexible route towards higher education for people with varying levels of experience and will enable you to develop your professional career working in the childcare industry at a recognised level of independence and responsibility.

Training Course Content

Year 1 (level 4)

Term 1 (Autumn)

  • Developing and Enhancing Academic skills
  • Introduction to education: history and context

Term 2 (Spring)

  • Early years curriculum

Term 3 (Summer)

  • Research Skills
  • Teaching and professionalism

Year 2 (level 5)

Term 1 (Autumn)

  • Worrk Focused Project
  • Safeguarding, working with families and Professionals

Term 2 (Spring)

  • Worrk Focused Project
  • Inclusive education

Term 3 (Summer)

  • Social Pedagogy
  • Understanding and managing human Behaviour


Course price: £5950 per year

Continuing Studies

Students will have the option of applying for the BA Hons in Early Years to top up at Peter Symonds or local universities or choose to complete the BA (Hons) in Educational Studies, BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies, EYITT or BA (Hons) in Professional Practice via Middlesex University. Successful completion of this two year course will lead to a Foundation Degree in Early Years from Middlesex University.

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Peter Symonds College AHED

AHED is the Adult and Higher Education division of Peter Symonds College. We offer a vast array of opportunities for you to develop yourself both personally and professionally in a supportive and encouraging environment. You can study towards a degree...

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Peter Symonds College Adult & Higher Education Division, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester
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