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Course summary

Are you a passionate Early Years Professional looking to extend your knowledge and expertise to degree level whilst also working in the Early Years sector too? Our employment related degree combines theory and practice that directly links to your professional working role. Your degree experience combines teaching and learning that consist of lectures, work based learning, workshops, seminars, discussion groups, action planning, self assessment and independent study. In addition, as the Degree is run in collaboration with the University of Chichester, you will be invited to attend a collaborative lecturer at the University. Assessment on the Foundation Degree is based on a number of different formats including portfolio, case study, coursework presentations and written essays. You will be studying 6 modules at level 4 and 6 modules at level 5: Currently the Foundation Degree is being re-validated to ensure the course content is relevant to the the Early Years' Sector and therefore the modules below may change in content. Level 4 Modules in Year One may include: Introduction to Early years Child Development in Early Years Children’s Rights Play, Creativity and Expressive Arts Reflective practitioner: Babies, Toddlers and Pre-school Safeguarding and integrated working in the Early Years Level 5 Modules in Year Two may include: Understanding Children’s Behaviour Curricula around the World in the Early Years Working with families in the Early years Importance of Research in the Early Years Childhood in crisis: Global Perspectives SEND in Early Years As a student of Crawley College, you will have access to all of our services, which includes study support, the Students' Union and our library's online resources. In addition, you will be able to access the library services and online support from the University too. Special features of this programme include: Students can progress onto a final top-up year and achieve a full degree by studying locally Small group sizes ensure you get the support you need to succeed At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to celebrate your achievement with a full graduation ceremony with other collaborative Foundation Degree students at Chichester Cathedral


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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All students complete an Interview. 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.

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English language requirements

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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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5500* Year 1
England £5500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £5500* Year 1
Scotland £5500* Year 1
Wales £5500* Year 1
Channel Islands £5500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

This Foundation Degree Course is taught in colaboration with University of Chichester
Early years at Chichester College Group - UCAS