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International: £13,250 per year
- 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.
Watch student Samantha King talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
Your lecturer's view
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
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.
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
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
This must include least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National or CACHE qualifications. For example:
- BCC at A Level.
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.
- English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
- Mathematics at grade C or 4
We may accept GCSE equivalents
All applicants must have at least one years full time equivalent experience working in the sector and level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy
Where applicants can demonstrate substantial experience in the sector we may accept a lower level of achievement at level 3. Whilst on the course you must be able to fulfil the academic demands including information/communications technology requirements. A requirement of the course is that you are working in either a paid or voluntary role within an early years setting for at least two days per week for the duration of the course.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.
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
|Module: Children's Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Enabling Environments In The Early Years||Credits: 20||
|Module: Health And Well Being||Credits: 20||
|Module: Outdoor Play In The Early Years||Credits: 20||
|Module: Play And The Practitioner Role||Credits: 20||
|Module: Reflective Practice In The Early Years||Credits: 20||
|Module: Children's Development 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Economic Well Being||Credits: 20||
|Module: Inclusive Practice In The Early Years||Credits: 20||
|Module: Partnership, Collaboration And Team Working||Credits: 20||
|Module: Safeguarding Children And Young People||Credits: 20||
|Module: Working With Families In The Early Years||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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.Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF)
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This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.