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Early Years Studies Foundation Degree - Part-time

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Course outline

The course is ideal if you’re currently working in the early years sector and wish to progress to work as a senior practitioner.

It is a flexible, work-based programme designed to allow you to continue to work while studying.

This sector-endorsed course is ideal to progress your career if you’re currently a childminder, teaching assistant, nursery nurse, nursery manager, or learning support assistant.

During the course you’ll need to work for at least ten hours per week in a childcare post, in either a voluntary or paid capacity. 

A statement of support and commitment from your employer/mentor stating that they will be able to meet the full range of roles and responsibilities in the workplace will be needed.

You’ll study the following subjects: 

  • study skills and current initiatives
  • personal development and professional practice
  • play, children’s early learning and the curriculum
  • anti-discriminatory practice
  • observation and assessment
  • child development and wellbeing
  • safeguarding children
  • meeting individual needs
  • managing behaviour
  • working with parents and carers to support children
  • the curriculum in action
  • managing your professional role

The course will build on your existing knowledge of children’s development and learning, as well as developing your understanding of current policies and practice in early years settings.

You’ll also learn professional and practical skills such as planning, assessment and team work.

The course has been developed in association with employers and professional associations.

Next steps

Contact the College on (0115) 9100 100 for an application form or download an application form here.

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Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL


20 September 2018 - 25 June 2021

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Early Years Studies Foundation Degree


3 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points. 

Normally you would be expected to have:

  • a current and valid Level 3 Childcare/Early Years qualifications such as NNEB, DCE, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, NVQ Level 3
  • preferably GCSEs in Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above, or have equivalent qualifications at Level 2 (if you wish to progress to teacher training you’ll also need GCSEs in English Language, Maths and a science at grade 4 (C))

You’ll be invited to an interview and asked for suitable references.

A statement of support and commitment from your employer/mentor stating that they will be able to meet the full range of roles and responsibilities in the workplace will also be needed.

During the course you must be in paid employment in the sector for at least 15 hours per week.

Teaching & assessment

Your work will be assessed on a continuous basis.


In order to achieve career progression, posts within the sector increasingly require the post holder to be working towards, or hold, a qualification at Level 5 and above.

You could continue your studies to obtain a full degree, and then, if you wish, progress to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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