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Early years (Foundation Degree)

Chichester College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chichester

Course summary

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Crawley College's Foundation Degree in Early Years is accredited by The University of Chichester. The course aims to give you an understanding of the diverse contexts in which children develop and learn. It is designed for those working in a variety of early childhood settings, for example, reception classes, pre-schools, nurseries, children's health services and in social services family centres. Over the two years of the Foundation Degree the focus of your learning will be on developing your skills, knowledge and experience as an early years practitioner. The learning and teaching strategies employed by the programme are designed primarily to help you to gain knowledge and understanding of a broad base of concepts, skills, and practice which will enable you to become an effective Early Years worker. They include individual tutorials, lectures, group exercises, directed reading, role play, observations, discussion and presentations. A large amount of the learning and teaching on this course takes place away from the University, at your place of work. Your learning will be monitored for taught elements and work-based learning through your Personal Development Plan. There are no options on this work-based programme. *subject to approval

Course details


Year 1: • Developing Academic Skills • Child Development • Reflective Practice and Decision Making • Safeguarding Children • Working in Partnership with Families • Learning through Play Year 2: • Working with Babies • Understanding Children’s Behaviour • Researching Early Years • Health and Wellbeing of Young Children • Independent Project (Option) • International Perspectives of Childhood (Option) • Inspiring Curriculum (Option)

Assessment method

The close link between teaching, learning and assessments will be emphasized throughout the course. The development of a variety of assessment tasks integrated with the learning and teaching programme will ensure that you are given relevant and meaningful activities with specific outcomes. Many of your assessment will expect you to draw on your experience and work-based activity. Examples of assessment include: • Observations and interpretation of children’s activity • Evaluation of given case studies • Critical review of literature on a specific topic • Group and individual presentations • An interrogation of theoretical and research-based evidence • Pod-casting, emails and discussion boards. In addition, you will be given an opportunity to attend a tutorial after each teaching day if you require any additional guidance on your assessment. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss any uncertain matters, which may rise during the teaching session with your subject tutors.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeL520
Institution code C57
Campus nameCrawley College
Campus codeC

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points A typical offer would be 3 D grades at GCE A Level 3 with at least a D grade (24 Tarriff points) in a relevant subject.
A level DDD Students are required to have a relevant GCE Advanced Level 3 qualification at grade D or above.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Students are required to have at least 90 credits in a relevant subject/module.
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits P: 15 credits Students are required to have at least 30 credits at Merit.
Scottish Higher DDDDDD Students are required to have at least 3 subjects relating to the subject of the course.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points Students must have their primary subject related to this course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE at grade C (4) or above are required in English Language and Mathematics.

Mature candidates over 21 years of age with relevant industry experience will be considered. Applications need to demonstrate a sound academic background in English and Maths ideally having achieved GCSE grade C/4.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6No factor below 5.5. For those resident in the UK who have suitable work experience, a college English test is available to show competency in English.

Fees and funding

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Early years (Foundation Degree) at Chichester College - UCAS