Early Years Practice, Foundation Degree at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice is a full-time qualification which provides students with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the Early Years sector. It is awarded by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). This level 4/5 qualification has been developed in collaboration with Early Years’ employers, LJMU and other partner colleges. Work-based learning is a key part of students’ learning. Students will use their workplace, including a chosen mentor and everyday duties, as a key learning resource throughout the programme. Successful completion of the foundation degree may lead to increased promotion opportunities within the Early Years workforce and may also lead to the ability to work at a level recognised by employers as Senior Practitioner. Achievement of the Foundation Degree also allows progression to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up) Level 6 programme at The City of Liverpool College University Centre.


Course content at Level 4 includes: • Personal Progression and Development • The Developing Child • Technology in the Early Years • The History of Childhood • Working in Partnership • Early Years Education Course content at Level 5 includes: • Reflection in the Early Years • Inclusion • Leading and Project Managing in the Early Years • Research Enquiry • Safeguarding Practice within the Early Years • Health and Well Being within the Early Years

Assessment method

The course comprises of 6 mandatory modules across each level of the two-year programme, there are no optional modules to choose from. The 6 modules equate to 120 credits per year, after both years you will have gained 240 credits to achieve the Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice. Each module requires completion of assessed coursework. The frequency of assessments tends to be towards the end of the semester; the modules are taught in for example in December/January and March/April. Students will receive timely, relevant, and constructive feedback on all summative assessed components to enable skills to continue and develop throughout the course, there are also opportunities set to discuss feedback on a one-to-one basis and to receive formative feedback on set tasks across the two years. The programme aims to provide key knowledge and develop transferable skills, and assessment tasks are developed to put this knowledge into practice and research issues further. The variety of assessments include: • Portfolio • Case studies • Essay • Conference Style Presentation • Report • Reflective Accounts • Podcast • Seminar Presentation

How to apply

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

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The Learning Exchange, Roscoe Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

To apply for this programme, applicants will be required to hold a Level 3 full and relevant qualification (as listed by the DfE) in childcare. A full list of relevant qualifications is found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-qualifications-finder It is expected that all applicants will hold relevant Level 2 maths and English qualifications equivalent to GCSE grade C/4 or above. Mature students: The University Centre welcomes applications from mature students who have relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Mature students (over 21) without formal qualifications may be accepted subject to satisfactory literacy and numeracy tests, work experience (if applicable) and a strong personal statement. Recognition of Prior Learning: Applicants may meet entry requirements through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which awards academic credits through recognition of prior learning via work and other life experiences. Recognition of Prior Learning is either certificated (RPCL) through formal assessment, or Experiential (RPEL) via skills and knowledge developed through work and voluntary activities. Students should refer to the RPL Policy on the University Centre website: www.liv-coll.ac.uk/study-at-the-college/higher-education/he-policies-and-procedures/

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8300 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8300 Year 1
Scotland £8300 Year 1
Wales £8300 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Years Practice, Foundation Degree at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS