Higher Education Courses

Foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Ardleigh Green
  • Qualification

    Higher Education Courses
  • Subject

    Early Years and Childcare
  • Schedule

    Monday 9-5pm in College and a minimum of 2 days in placement for the duration of the qualification (Day)
  • Duration

    This course is a full time programme over two years.
  • Age


Course Fees

Important note about fees: Many adults pay no or low fees, depending on their circumstances.

Entry requirements

• A minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or a related Access to Higher Education Diploma, or equivalent • All students will be expected to have GCSE maths and English Language qualifications at grade C or above (grade 4 on new framework). Please note, the college reserves the right to accept evidence of working towards a maths qualification upon completion of a successful interview. • A minimum age of 19+ years. • Be working or volunteering within a placement for a minimum of 2 days per week • Have a letter of support from your placement • You must have a current enhanced DBS check. • Successful completion of interview.


This degree offers a blend of academic and vocational study within a work-placement that will provide you with the skills to become an effective practitioner working with young children. On completion of the Foundation degree graduates are able to either embark upon their career immediately or continue their studies in a related Honours Top-up Degree. This course is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of all those working within the early years sector. There is a balance of theoretical perspectives and practical application. For instance, the status of children in society is considered, alongside discussions of how practitioners use the voice of the child. Principles underpinning safeguarding and the historical origins of these principles are considered alongside current safeguarding practice. In the final year of the course the research module, Research in Early Childhood, will be a work-based module where you will have the opportunity to carry out a piece of research on a topic of your own choosing. Your topic will be connected to your professional interests. As current practitioners, students can bring examples and strategies to discussions and compare practice. Students study reflective practice which is a powerful tool for professional and personal development. The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies is validated by Bathspa University.
  • Assessment Criteria

    This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, workplace practice, presentations, case studies and group workshops. NCC’ s Higher Education teaching team also deliver a series of study skills sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students. When not in scheduled lecturers and seminars, students are expected to continue learning through independent self-study. This involves reading relevant literature, working on individual and group projects, and undertaking research in preparation for coursework and exams. Assessment is via a combination of practical exams and coursework, with an assessment breakdown of 10% practical exams and 90% coursework. There are no written exams on this Foundation Degree.

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