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This programme has been designed alongside the University of Hertfordshire and Consortium colleges to enable students to progress onto the University's BA (hons) Degree in Early Childhood Education Studies. Written in consultation with industry employers, the course covers the valuable skills required for future success in a variety of settings, focussing on progression within early years and primary education.

Many students progress onto and achieve their BA Honours Degree, allowing them to apply for a PGCE or Graduate Teacher Status. Please familiarise yourself with the full entry criteria for your intended area of progression prior to starting this course.

Our Foundation degree programmes are run in partnership with, and validated by, the University of Hertfordshire. The official university code for this course is HEN.

To apply for this course through the University of Hertfordshire website, click here

  • Entry Criteria

    48 UCAS points from a relevant Level 3 qualification (e.g. Early Years Educator, Health and Social Care, Supporting Teaching and Learning, Public Services) and the ability to demonstrate appropriate workplace experience.

    Applicants must have a GCSE in English Language 4/C and maths 3/D or Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent, a guidance interview and a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

    Any applicants that apply without GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C will need to upskill in order to secure relevant employment in the future.

    We welcome applications from international or mature students with the equivalent qualifications and relevant workplace experience.

  • What will I study?

    You will study a range of subjects including:


    • Early Years Policy and Practice
    • The Developing Child
    • Perspectives on Early Years
    • Play and Learning
    • Wellbeing
    • Special Education Needs and Disabilities in Early Years
    • Leadership and Management in Early Years Practice
    • Collaborative Practice

  • Future Prospects

    Many of our students progress to BA Honours degrees in the early years or healthcare sectors. With further training and experience you will also be able to enter management roles in nurseries, crèches and other early years services. Employment in the early years sector may be subject to a license to practice.

    Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification that will enable you to work as a senior practitioner. However many of our students progress to BA Honours degrees in the early years or healthcare sectors. Once you successfully complete your studies, you can move on to the BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Education Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Progression to a BA(Hons) programme is dependent on you achieving a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths and science.

    Most students choose to progress onto the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and top up in one year.

    Students wishing to progress onto the BA (Hons) in Education Studies have the option of the part-time pathway which would be completed over two years.

    This course opens up a host of career opportunities. To find out more visit the National Careers Service.

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