Foundation Degree Early Years


This course is designed for candidates who are working with young children and wish to continue their professional development. It leads to a Foundation Degree in Early Years and status as a Senior Practitioner. Classes are one day per week over 2 years.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the early years sector, policy and practice as well as develop the professional and practical skills required to work as a senior practitioner working with children from 0-7 years. The modules studied include legislation and legal responsibilities for the children’s workforce, continuing personal and professional development, the developing child, developing professional practice in the workplace, approaches to research in early years, leading and managing in children’s workforce settings, integrated working in the children’s workforce and Early Years Frameworks for Children aged 0-7: Principles into Practice.

Students are actively encouraged to seek the support of an appropriate mentor within their workplace or placement to further enhance their understanding of the links between theory and practice. Mentors are supported in this role by College Programme Managers and Tutors with guidance being offered in meetings at the Colleges and contacts being maintained through a visit to the workplace.

Part-time students would normally be expected to have an appropriate workplace mentor identified at the start of their programme.

Am I right for the course?

Students should have a minimum of 2 years work experience in childcare and be currently working in a childcare environment for a minimum of 12 hours per week and have GCSE english and maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).

The UCAS requirements for this programme are 120 Points.
All applicants must have a relevant Level 3 qualification in child care and a minimum of 2 years work experience with children. Students will need to be working in an early years environment for a minimum of 12 hours per week in either a paid or voluntary capacity and have 4 GCSEs (or Equivalent L2) at grade C or above (including english and maths). Students will also need to arrange their own mentor for the 2 years of the programme.

Students will be required to pass an assignment for each module in order to gain the Foundation Degree. Part of the assessment will be work-based within an early years setting.

Foundation Degree students will be enrolled as students of the University of Hertfordshire as well as Oaklands College and will have access to the facilities at the University.

Tutors are qualified early years specialists with extensive experience in the early years field as well as being experienced Further Education lecturers

What Next?

Successful candidates may apply to continue for a further year at the University of Hertfordshire to gain a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education Studies.

Potential careers:

  • Education & Childcare Inspector
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Higher Education Lecturer
  • Learning Mentor
  • Nanny
  • Nursery School Teacher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Play Worker
  • School Administrator
  • School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant/ Learning Support Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Social Care Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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