Female early years worker reading with two young school children

Foundation Degree

Early Years

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


2 year


Level 4/5

Career Sector

Early Years, Childcare & Education

Available At


Start Date


Days & Times

1 day per week


£5,800 per year

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.


Level 4

The Reflective Practitioner - 30 credits

Child Development - 30 credits

Health and Wellbeing - 30 credits

Professional Responsibilities - 30 credits

Level 5

Working With Others - 30 credits

Current Issues in Early Years - 30 credits

Curriculum Perspectives - 30 credits

An Introduction to Research - 30 credits

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.

Financial Support

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