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Institute of Education

Early Years Services

FD (Arts) Part-time 3 years

This foundation degree is designed to offer you appropriate education and training as a professional currently working within early years workforce but who lack a qualification at degree level.

This foundation degree is designed to offer you appropriate education and training as a professional currently working within early years workforce but who lack a qualification at degree level.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award FD (Arts)
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location City of Wolverhampton College, Sandwell College, Telford College, The Bournemouth and Poole College
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

This foundation degree is designed to offer you appropriate education and training as a professional currently working within early years workforce but who lack a qualification at degree level.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the development of practical, personal and professional attributes. This includes qualities such as knowledge of early years policy and practice, challenging assumptions, responding to different views in an enterprising way and adopting collaborative ways of working with children, parents and other professionals.

The blended teaching and learning approach adopted by this Foundation degree enables you to become digitally literate, share knowledge, reflect on practice and develop professionals who are enterprising with their ideas.

What happens on the course?

In Year 1, your study will explore how children and young people develop. This focused programme will also examine child health and safety, play and leisure, diversity issues and what it means to be growing up in the twenty-first century.

During your second year you will look at families and communities in context. You will also examine curricula frameworks and explore theoretical approaches to learning. As a research skill you will learn how to study children and young people.

There is also opportunity to engage in practical work based investigations that lead to quality improvement strategies and engage purposefully with reflective thinking.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of this course could lead to careers in early year’s management, children’s information services, play services, health education and community family support work.

If you would like to top up your foundation degree into a full honours degree we offer two different options:

  • BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disability, Inclusion and Childhood and Family Studies part-time two-year top-up (level 6 entry). This is is offered in partnership with University Centre Telford (UCT) and guarantees evening sessions.
  • Submit an application for any of our Childhood and Family Studies undergraduate degrees, requesting entry into the third year (level 6). This can be studied full-time or part-time. The part-time routes will include day time sessions.

You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This Foundation degree is taught on a flexible basis and allows you to undertake your studies around your working commitments. As this course is accredited by the University, there is likely to be some differences in colleges' timetables. Please enquire with the college you would like to apply to for further information.
You will also benefit from excellent learning resources and a blended learning approach which has been exemplified as good practice by our external examiner.
All the members of the teaching team are active researchers of Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies.

On completion of the course, students will be enabled to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance and challenges of inter-agency working when leading practice to meet the needs of children and families, including health and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the expected pattern of children’s development from birth, including pedagogical approaches, creative planning of learning opportunities, the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment and methods of researching these.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to working with children and families in a global context.
  • Be aware of, analyse and make critical judgements in terms of impact and ethicality about key concepts, theories, new principles and issues of policy in a systematic way and evaluate the inter-relationship between work-based learning and quality improvement.
  • Reflect on your own value system and evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses for future learning and apply this to your academic study and professional practice.
  • Undertake enterprising work-based investigation and problem-solving and be able to communicate clearly a wide range of theoretical positions to a range of audiences using appropriate media and digital literacy skills.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3700 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £4110 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £4110 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

You must be employed or have experience for one/two years  of working with children and families, or in a long term voluntary placement

Hold a level three qualification (NVQ level three, NNEB diploma, BTEC National Diploma, Diploma in Child Care and Education)

Usually be over 21 years of age

We also offer the opportunity to accredit prior certificated learning at level 4 through our APL system

“The course has helped me recognise the importance of reflecting on my own practice…it helped me become a better informed practitioner.”

“Friendly and approachable staff, tutor support was great.”

“Flexible course helped me be successful in my studies.”

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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