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Children and Young People (Early Years) Foundation Degree

The demand for highly-qualified practitioners to work with children, young people and their families is rapidly increasing. The need to utilize and develop the skills of current practitioners is vital to the growth and improvement of this rewarding and demanding sector.

This Foundation Degree is designed for early years practitioners who want to develop their professional knowledge and understanding through a combination of theoretical and practical study. The course is delivered over 30 weeks commencing in September each academic year. An important part of the course is the ability to become a reflective practitioner, a skill which will be developed throughout the duration of your studies. Lectures are three hours in duration and delivered by highly qualified staff who have excellent academic and practical backgrounds and experience in children’s and young people’s services. You will be expected to undertake independent study for at least an additional 100% of contact time alongside lectures and seminars. An important part of the course is the ability to become a reflective practitioner, a skill which will be developed throughout the duration of your studies.

The Foundation Degree consists of 12 modules over the three years. These include;
Starting to Study
Work-Based Reflective Practice 1 and 2
Equality and Diversity
Integrated Services
Children Playing
Early Years Provision and Practice
Research Methods and Practice
Understanding Behaviour
Children, Young People’s and Families Rights
Secondary Research

Tuition Fee for 2019/20 £4550 (per year)

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Childcare and Early Years
Course Type
Higher Education Part-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Course Length
90 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - You are required to hold a complete Level 3 qualification in a related subject. It is also desirable to hold a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above including: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 / GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - You must be working directly with children aged 0-5 years in a voluntary or paid capacity for at least two days per week. We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview. At the interview applicants may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made. This written task does not inform the decision regarding a place on the course but is in place to identify how students can be supported during their time at BMet. All applicants will be invited to an interview at BMet to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. The University of Derby are required to approve all applicants prior to an offer being made.

Delivery and Assessment

You will learn through reflective tasks, work-based activities, presentations, tutorials and the use of online resources. There are no exams so you will be assessed using your work-based activities, creative presentations and essays. Everything you study will be relevant to your everyday work. You will also have the support of a critical friend as well as the tutors at College.


On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, possible routes to further study include the following: BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies (Level 6) – Kidderminster Academy

Career Opportunities

  • Demand is growing for qualified practitioners working in the Early Years sector. You’ll have the knowledge
  • understanding
  • and professional skills to progress in your practice and make an impact on service provision. Previous graduates were promoted to senior roles and others now lead practices. Students can further their careers into teaching upon completion of a PGCE within the Early Years and Primary sector or complete a PGCE in the Further Education sector to help develop and qualify future early years practitioners.