Early Years Level 5 Foundation Degree

Higher Education

Date (from)



Awarding body


Full Time - September 2018

£3,500 per academic year

University of Chichester


Course introduction

The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood is delivered here at Brockenhurst.

This course is designed for people who are currently working with young children in an early years setting. You could be working in either a maintained or non-maintained setting, in a range of roles such as: Senior Nursery Nurse, Nursery Supervisor/Manager, Pre-School, Childminder, Play Group Leader, Room leader, Social services Children’s Department.

This Level 5 programme aims to encourage early years practitioners to adopt a critical view of their own workplace practice and that of others.

It covers a wide range of aspects of early years; from curriculum issues to observations, child development to social policy.

Why choose Brock for Early Years Level 5 Foundation Degree?

We are working in partnership with the University of Chichester to be able to offer this programme of study in response to the early years sector and workforce requirements.

We see our role as educators, supporting the development of knowledgeable, questioning and independent thinkers into the various disciplines that make up the early years sector.

Course structure

Teaching and learning provides a wide variety of teaching methods which include lectures, group work, seminars and presentations.

Most of the assessed work is linked directly to workplace practice.

The FD is designed to provide theoretical underpinning knowledge to early year’s  practice in order to meet the demands of government initiatives to raise standards and increase the professionalism of the early years sector.

Duration: 2 years part-time one day per week, Tuesday 9am - 5pm.

Minimum entry requirements

  • A level three qualification for example DCE/NNEB or NVQ3/ CCLD in Early Years Care and education or equivalent.
  • GCSE Maths and English at C or equivalent.
  • Be employed or undertaking voluntary work in an Early Years setting for a minimum of 12 hours a week.
  • 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.

Information & support

Bursaries toward the cost of the course may available from the local Early Years Care and Education partnerships (subject to change)

Students accepted onto the course are eligible to apply for student loans through Student Finance England and must have loans in place or in process before the start of the programme.

What can I do with this qualification?

You can potentially apply for entry to:

Practitioners wishing to undertake EYT/QTS/SCITT following the achievement of the BA(Hons) Top up Degree, will require GCSE Maths, Science and English at C.

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