Early Years Care Foundation Degree

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What To Expect

This is an exciting and dynamic course that provides the opportunity to gain a Foundation Degree whilst working. The Foundation Degree focuses on the development of competent, skilled senior practitioners in the early years care and education. Following successful completion of your studies, you will be able to work as a senior practitioner in a variety of settings, supporting and caring for children 0-8 years. Students can progress to a BA Hons top-up degree in education and training and then follow a route to qualify as an Early years teacher or apply for a recognised teacher training programme such as SCITT.

Early Years, Care & Education

Workplace experience and evidence of your performance as a senior practitioner is a key component of your development and you will be expected to be working in an early years environment for at least 12 hours a week whilst you are on the course.

A wide range of specialists has been involved in the design and development of the course including practitioners in the field. This ensures the programme is up-to-date and, above all, relevant to your day-to-day work. The programme has been closely linked to the Department of Education’s Statement of Requirement for the Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation degree – the national benchmark and standard for those working in the sector.

How much it will cost?

Currently, the course fees are £2,375 per year (subject to change). However, you may be eligible for partial fee remission subject to funding from Hampshire Education Department.

Course content and structure

Over the three years of the course you will consider your practice and develop your knowledge in:

  • Child development and learning
  • Planning and organising the curriculum
  • Working with others

There will also be opportunities to improve personal skills related to your work-based setting and academic requirements.

Throughout the three years of the degree, the units studied to provide you with the opportunity to link your study to the workplace. Computing skills are developed throughout the course and part of the assessment for the course includes working as part of an online professional forum.

Course Information

For further information about the course please visit the University of Portsmouth course information page or download our booklet below.

Course Booklet


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