Higher Education

Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Ardleigh Green
  • Qualification

    Higher Education
  • Subject

    Early Years
  • Schedule

    Monday 9-5 pm, 2 Days Placement (Day)
  • Duration

    2 Years
  • Course Target

    Higher Education

Course Fees

*Fee subject to OfS Approval. Fees displayed are on a per year basis

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 an early year’s 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.

Course Structure

On the Foundation Degree programme your study will be closely linked to your experience in the workplace. This is a classroom-based course incorporating a work placement.

You will study a selection of modules over the two years:

Level 4

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy: Linking Theory and Practice (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Early Child Development (20 Credits)
  • Reflective Practice in Action (20 Credits)
  • Supporting Young Children’s Holistic Health and Wellbeing (40 credits)

Level 5

  • Contesting Childhood (20 Credits)
  • Research in Early Childhood (40 Credits)
  • Supporting Children with Additional Needs (20 credits)
  • The Child, Family and Society (40 credits)

For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is one day per week in College, plus 2 days per week in placement. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Awarding Body

This course is validated by Bath Spa University

  • Assessment Criteria

    ll of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

    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 delivers 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.

  • Further Information

    If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via UCAS.com

    For further information about application please email Customer Services customerservices.hfe@ncclondon.ac.uk

    You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

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