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Course summary

The Early Years foundation degree is designed for practitioners who work with young children in a range of pre-school and nursery settings, and have experience of this sector. The course is delivered at the following Oxford Brookes partner colleges:

  • Abingdon and Witney College
  • Solihull College
  • New College Swindon.


We offer a route into higher education for practising early years workers. Over a two-year period a substantial amount of your learning will take place in your workplace through the planned and supported tasks and projects we will set you. You will undertake study in areas such as child development, communication, language and literacy, inclusion, health, and management issues in early years. You will take a series of modules during regular classes at college. In this way, you gain access to the theory and debate while remaining rooted in your everyday work with young children.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

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New College Swindon
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not available to applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. At Oxford Brookes we are delighted to welcome international students from across the world. We have information on how to apply to Oxford Brookes as an international applicant on our website.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

An Advanced Modern Apprenticeship may also be considered in lieu of a UCAS Tariff qualification. You should have relevant work experience, paid, in a voluntary capacity or as part of your studies. Entrants should normally have as a minimum one of the following: An A-level or vocational A-level NVQ level 3 (such as BTEC or other qualification) An Advanced Modern Apprenticeship.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Relevant work experience, either paid or voluntary, is required. Fitness for practice screening will be required. For the duration of the course you need access to a relevant work setting for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

English language requirements

Further information on our English language requirements can be found on our website.

English language requirement

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £7570* Year 1
England £7570* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7570* Year 1
Scotland £7570* Year 1
Wales £7570* Year 1
Channel Islands £7570* Year 1
EU £9900 Year 1
International £9900 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Early years (New College Swindon) at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS