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Early Years Foundation Degree

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Newman University
September 2021
Attendance currently invloves one twilight taught session per week during term-time
Foundation Degree / Diploma
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Practitioners working with young children in public, private, voluntary and independent childcare and education settings
Newman University, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3NT, West Midlands, United Kingdom

If you are a practitioner seeking progression routes into a management position within an early years setting or have experience working with young children, then the Early Years Foundation Degree will develop your professional skills, knowledge and understanding within the field of early childhood.

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Newman offers you the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the key policies and practices relating to the care and education of children. You can expect to mix with students from a variety of professional backgrounds, engage in stimulating discussions and debates, and experience a research informed approach to early childhood education and care in both theoretical and applied contexts. This will enable you to gain an understanding of integrated multiagency working and improve the efficiency of the organisation you work in or provide you with valuable transferable skills if you are considering early years as a career.

Providing access to a higher level qualification, this course is sector endorsed, developed in consultation with a range of practitioners and experts so you can be confident that the curriculum will provide you with the expertise, understanding and skills necessary to work at senior practitioner level.

Indicative selection of modules available in previous years

• The Independent Learner

• Child Development

• Enabling Early Learning

• Supporting Transitions

• Constructs of Childhood

• Agencies Working with Young Children

• Assessing Development

• Working with Children and Families

• Leading and Managing an Early Years Team

• Play and the Early Years Curriculum

• Research Methods

For a current list of available modules, please visit

Special features

• Staff are involved in major research projects which inform students’ learning experiences

• There are opportunities for you to interact with other students, share your experiences and enhance your communication skills

• You will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays. There will also be directed study tasks regularly undertaken in your own time

• If you want to continue your studies you may progress on to the final year of a relevant degree programme, including the part-time Early Childhood Education and Care top-up award.

Career opportunities

Even though you may have the skills and experience to progress in your career, you may find that the lack of a formal academic qualification holds you back at some stage. Studying for a foundation degree situates you in higher education and will prepare you for increased responsibilities within your current setting, therefore expanding your employment opportunities in early years. There is also the opportunity to progress onto the top-up award, converting your foundation degree to a full BA (Hons) degree. Completion of an honours degree will enable you to pursue a career in teaching, although further study and qualifications are needed.

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3 years Part-time

Contact: Jacqueline Taylor
T: +44 (0) 121 476 1181 ext 2407

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible but normally you will possess a Level 3 qualification or equivalent qualification*, such as A levels, a BTEC or NVQ level 3, but each student is assessed on their own merits and we value your work-place experience.For full entry requirements visit the course web page

A typical offer being, 48 UCAS points (and GCSE English at Grade C or above, or equivalent qualification i.e. Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2)


Course fees 2020/21*
£4,560 per year (part-time)

* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
Additional costs:
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