Newman University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Years - Foundation Degree

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Course summary

The Early Years Foundation Degree is a programme designed for those practitioners, or those who intend to work with, young children in public, private, voluntary and independent childcare and education settings. It provides access to a higher level qualification and career development for people working as childminders or in group settings such as reception class, nursery, kindergarten, preschool, community crèche environment or children’s centres. This course is for any practitioner, working with young children in a public, private, third or independent sector setting who has a commitment to the aims of the course. It has been designed for those with relevant experience or working in the sector, as well as for those seeking progression routes into management positions in early years settings. The Early Years Foundation Degree will develop your professional skills, knowledge and understanding within the field of early childhood, preparing you for developing your skills in a management position in an early years setting. You will develop a critical understanding of the key policies and practices relating to the care and education of children. You can expect to mix with students from a variety of professional backgrounds, engage in stimulating discussions and debates, and experience a research informed approach to early childhood education and care in both theoretical and applied contexts. This will enable you to gain an understanding of integrated multi-agency working and improve the efficiency of the organisation you work in or provide you with valuable transferable skills. Providing access to a higher level qualification, this course was developed in consultation with a range of practitioners and experts so you can be confident that the curriculum will provide you with the expertise, understanding and skills necessary to work at senior practitioner level.

Course details

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Practitioners who do not hold the qualifications outlined above will be considered on the basis of prior professional experience and related learning. For further details please contact Admissions.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Disclosure by Association ( DBA)


A statement of support from your current employer or the Head teacher/ Manager of a setting where you can undertake a volunteer placement for a minimum of 10 hours per week (this can be obtained after you have been offered a place on the programme. The DBS is not a requirement for application or enrolment; though if your work placement involves working with children or vulnerable adults, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required before starting any work placement. Please contact [email protected] for further information regarding DBS requirements.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4850 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4850 Year 1
Scotland £4850 Year 1
Wales £4850 Year 1
Channel Islands £4850 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
Early Years - Foundation Degree at Newman University, Birmingham - UCAS