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Year of Entry 2019/20

Early Years

Course in clearing
Full-time Teaching and Education

Develop your knowledge and skills on this work-based foundation degree.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? U8H7
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of theory and research which underpins effective practice within the early years.
  • Learn about current effective practice with babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Study alongside your work, allowing you to apply what you learn directly to your career.

This sector-endorsed course combines theoretical lectures with hands-on work, allowing you to gain a foundation degree while working in practice.

Student View

Watch student Samantha King talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Sarah Rawding talk about this course.

The foundation degree is a full-time course but you only attend university one afternoon or evening a week, and engage in online and self-directed learning activities, allowing you to fit your studies around your other commitments.

You must be working or in a long-term voluntary position within an early years setting during the course, as the emphasis is on work-based learning.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • group activities
  • reflecting on experiences
  • self-directed study

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Rawding
Sarah Rawding
Senior Lecturer In Early Years

My main teaching interests are focused on the holistic development of children within the early years and supporting practitioners to become confident and reflective … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

You will apply what you learn in the classroom to your current work, enabling you to build on your skills in practice. You also examine your own academic and professional development. This ensures that you can reflect on new learning and that it is embedded into your everyday practice.

Future careers

This course leads onto

  • further study in early years, such as BA top up leading to postgraduate study and QTS
  • career progression in schools, nurseries and childminding

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

Paid or voluntary employment in an early years setting.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Children's Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enabling Environments In The Early Years Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Health And Well Being Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Outdoor Play In The Early Years Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Play And The Practitioner Role Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Reflective Practice In The Early Years Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Children's Development 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economic Well Being Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Inclusive Practice In The Early Years Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Partnership, Collaboration And Team Working Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Safeguarding Children And Young People Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Working With Families In The Early Years Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.


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