Higher Education

Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Hackney Campus
  • Qualification

    Higher Education
  • Subject

    Early Years
  • Schedule

    Monday and Thursday (Day and Evening)
  • Duration

    72 weeks
  • Course Target

    Higher Education

Course Fees

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

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 in Child Care and Education or equivalent GCSE grades 9-4 (A*- C) or Level 2 equivalent in English language and math or be working towards achieving them
  • Two years full-time experience working with children in an early years or school setting
  • Currently working in early years, as either a paid employee or volunteer (12 hours minimum)
  • Enhanced DBS (evidence required) to work with children
  • One satisfactory reference from an employer or workplace manager
  • Mature (over 21) students, who do not meet these academic qualifications but have relevant work or life experience will be considered.
  • Applicants are expected to attend an interview and may take College assessment for English and Math.


Working with children and young people is demanding but it is the most fulfilling work you can do. There is a high demand for early years qualified staff and this course aims to meet this demand by focusing on theory and practice of the study of the play, development, and learning of children from birth to six years of age.

The course is designed to meet the professional and personal learning needs of all those working with primary-aged children. It is aimed at classroom and learning support assistants in primary education settings, for example, people working as childminders or in a group setting, such as a nursery, kindergarten, preschool, community creche, or children's center environment.

Course Duration and Delivery Structure

What Will I Study

Year 1 Unit

  • Adult as Children Learners
  • Perspective in Children's Development
  • Understanding Play
  • Safeguarding Young Children's Health and Well-being

Year 2 Unit

  • Challenging Equalities in Early Childhood
  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Developmental Matters
  • Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
  • Communication in Multi-Lingual Contexts

This Foundation Degree is taught at New City College, Hackney, and is validated by London Metropolitan University

Alternatively contact Higher.Education@ncclondon.ac.uk

Student finance information on student loans is available at the www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

For loan application the institution is LONMT (short for London Metropolitan University) the institution code is L68 and the course code is X945-H

  • Further Information

    If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via UCAS.com Our institution code is L68 and the course code is X945-H.

    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

Further Information

You can progress onto the final or year 3 of a related subject degree, for example, direct entry onto the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University or progress into gaining the Early Years Practitioner Status

Job opportunities: includes Teaching Assistant, Nursery worker roles. Managerial or supervisory roles within early years as you will have developed the skills and knowledge for higher level posts.

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