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Early Years

This programme is designed to enable Early Years practitioners and educators to build on the knowledge and experience they have built in their existing employment and raise their level of professional qualification to Foundation Degree Level through both practical application and academic study. Since this higher level of study enhances the quality of children's experiences in Early Years care and education, the programme offers practitioners a route into Higher Education without the need to leave paid employment and be removed from current issues and responsibilities.

Cash bursary Students on this course are eligible for a means-tested cash bursary of up to £1,000 for each year of study, which is designed to help you with your living expenses, travel and materials.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education, or Access to Teaching, or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent GCSE English and maths at grade A*-C/9-4 You must be working in an Early Years setting with children under 8 (for a minimum of 3 days per week on a paid or voluntary placement), have a letter from your employer agreeing day release, and have in place a work place mentor Clean DBS You also must be aged 19 or over, have 2 years' experience in working with children, and be passionate about providing high quality care and education for children in their Early Years.

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    Assessment Method

    The range of assessment methods will include: verbal presentations, essays, reports, group projects, research projects, posters, group presentations, role play, electronic and reflective portfolios of practice.

    Aims of the course

    To meet the needs of staff employed in children's services towards integrated multi-agency workforce led by graduate leaders To combine university study and work based learning to enable applicants to develop professionalism and advance their career prospects whilst maintaining their practice in their current settings To develop innovative and effective teaching and learning in the Early Years sector To build a community of learning to strengthen and develop the awe and wonder of education

    Progression Opportunities

    On successful completion of the programme, you can progress on to a full BA (Hons) degree (eg BA Hons Early Year Top Up, final year of BA Hons Childhood Status or BA Hons Education Studies) or an Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS). You may also choose to go on to a PGCE in Education to enable you to teach in schools or colleges, or to MA level study. Career progression may lead to positions in management or senior practice.


    The course is classroom based. You will have access to learning resource centres, Early Years conferences and exhibitions.

    Career Options

    The course can lead to a wide range of career roles including play therapy, management of settings (family centres, full day care etc), Ofsted Inspection team work, development of practice through Action Research, Early Years educational consultancy and research work in other European countries and further afield

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 23/09/2019
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 6,000 p/year
24+ £6,000 p/year
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