Foundation Degree

Early Years Foundation Degree

Study for a Foundation Degree at our Seevic Campus in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

Course overview

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. 

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

What will I study? 

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 wellbeing.

How will I be taught and assessed? 

The programme of study runs on one full day a week and is taught through lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, and whole or small group discussions.

There are no exams throughout the programme. Instead, it consists of 100% coursework with set deadline dates. The end of module assessments includes a range of methods such as essays, reports, presentations, posters, and leaflets.

What could I do next? 

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 (Hons) Education Studies & Early Years at USP College.

Typical entry requirements

To complete the course you must be able to complete 184 hours of work-based learning per year in a suitable setting, you will also require:

  • 112 UCAS points in relevant A-Levels
  • An appropriate Level 3 BTEC Qualification with a grade equivalent to or above Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM)
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English Language and GCSE Grade D/3 in Maths
  • A successful interview with a subject tutor.

All applicants will be interviewed.

The programme is subject to the University of Hertfordshire's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).


Additional information

You will need a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check. Click here for more information.

Financial Support

We understand that the costs of college may be daunting but we are here to support you.