Early Years Level 5 Foundation Degree

Higher Education

Date (from)

Course fees


Awarding body


Full Time - September 2020

£3,700 per academic year

University of Chichester


Course introduction

The Early Years sector is forever changing and at a fast pace and it is essential that we listen and respond to Government and employers, to ensure that the students have the very best experience that will prepare them well for their future career aims and ambitions. The L4/5 Foundation Degree in  Early Years is a two year full-time programme of study here at Brockenhurst. This course is delivered one day a week.

It provides a progression route for those students who wish to top up their L3 Early Years qualification and who working in the sector. The range of modules enable students to explore key aspects of early years from psychological and sociological, to global and cultural, to the economic and educational. Students will develop problem solving, critical analysis and independent thinking skills as well as gaining knowledge of areas which are of particular interest.

Why choose Brock for Early Years Level 5 Foundation Degree?

Brock have a strong academic partnership with the University of Chichester and are supported by the Early Childhood and Social Work team to enhance the student experience of studying HE in FE.

All members of the teaching team are early years practitioners with a wide range of experience in the sector and academically.

Student overall Degree classifications and Module grades are consistently good and inline with those students studying in a University environment.

Teaching & learning

Your teachers will bring the latest research along with established academic theory into the classroom through a variety of blended methods, including: direct teaching, seminars, problem-solving sessions, activity-based learning and adventure education.

The teaching team has also published articles and advised on various Early Years issues and has won an Innovation Award for teaching and learning.

Course structure

You will learn through a wide variety of teaching methods including lectures, group work, seminars and presentations.

The following modules are indicative of the course structure and content:

 Year 1

  • Introduction to Early Years
  • Child Development in the Early Years 
  • Childrens Rights 
  • Play, Creativity, Expressive Arts
  • Reflective Practitioner: Babies, Toddlers and Pre-School Safeguarding and Integrated Working in the Early Years

Year 2

  • Understanding Childrens Behaviour
  • Curriculums around the World
  • Working with Families in the Early Years
  • Importance of Research in the Early Years
  • Health and Well being of Young Children
  • SEND in Early Years

Minimum entry requirements

  • Level 3 Early Years Practitioner
  • GCSE Maths and English at C or equivalent is desirable.
  • Be employed or undertaking voluntary work in an Early Years setting for a minimum of 12 hours a week with a 0 to 8 age range.
  • Have the support of their employer (unless they are self-employed such as child-minders).
  • Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English.
  • Hold or obtain a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
  • If wishing to progress to EYTS / PGCE / SCITT training following the completion of the BA HONS Degree GCSE Science, Maths and English at Grade C/4 are required.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams on this programme. Assessments are designed, written and validated by the University of Chichester to meet the different learning needs of students, making certain that you can achieve your potential.

Assessment methods include the production of presentations, assignments and portfolios.  This is welcomed and encouraged by the student voice both at Brockenhurst and Chichester.

Information & support

As a Higher Education student, you will be provided with many things to support you, but there may be additional costs for specific modules.

The programme runs one day per week and is full-time. You are expected to be in early years practice for a minimum of 12 hours a week, attending 6 hours in College at lectures, which will also include individual tutorials for modules.

The expectation is that you will spend a further 4-6 hours engaging in independent study.

Student Transfer Arrangements

Transfer in

Application to the Higher Education programmes at Brockenhurst College is by Direct Entry using the online form and communication with the relevant Early Childhood and Health Department. In some circumstances, a student may have accumulated credits elsewhere that could be accredited as prior learning. In this case the process of transferring will be considered in line with College and University of Chichester’s admissions policy which can be accessed here.

Transfer to Alternative Programmes

As an academic partner of the University of Chichester, the arrangements that the College adheres to for a student, in certain circumstances being allowed to transfer from the programme for which they first registered, will prompt a meeting with the Head of Curriculum, Lisa Bell, to discuss in the first instance. Please also refer to the University of Chichester’s ‘Transferring Out’ process which can be accessed here and scrolling down to Student Transfer Arrangements, as well as the University of Chichester’s Academic Regulations  - Section 1: 4B Transfer to Alternative Programmes: https://www.chi.ac.uk/about-us/policies-and-statements/academic-quality-and-standards.

What can I do with this qualification?

This Foundation Degree will equip you to explore a range of careers in the Early Years sector.

It will also enable you to progress onto our BA(HONS) course, enabling you to work in the field of health, education and social work. 

This may lead to roles such as Learning Mentor, Early Years Teacher (EYTS), Primary School Teacher (SCITT,) Special Educational Needs (SEND) Teacher, Early Years Lecturer and Early Years Outreach worker.

In addition, we have a progression agreement with South Coast SCITT (School Centred Initiated Teacher Training) at Bransgore Primary School that is run through the University of Winchester.

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