Birmingham City University

Early Years Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Available full-time or part-time at our partner South and City College Birmingham, this foundation degree is an excellent source of professional development if you are already working in a childcare setting, and is a highly respected starting point for your studies. Equivalent to two years of degree-level study, it offers direct entry to the final year of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Course at Birmingham City University, providing a Commendation/Merit profile is attained. The course offers professional recognition and academic knowledge for trainee Early Years practitioners, leading to enhanced career prospects. This course supports the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), ensuring you can deliver provision that complies with EYFS learning and development requirements.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X311
Institution code B25
Campus name South and City College Birmingham
Campus code X

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level DD Subjects excluded Business and ICT
Two A levels can be combined with one AS level. One A level can be combined with a maximum of two AS levels or with one BTEC Sub Diploma or one OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass including a minimum of 18 level 3 credits should be merits or distinctions
Preferably in a relevant subject such as Health & Social Care, Education related, Science, Psychology. Any other qualfications should be referred to tutor.
GCSE English language and Mathematics at 4 or above also required or other equivalancies.
Scottish Higher CCD
AS AA - EE Business and ICT
Only in combination with other qualifications
Two AS level subjects can be combined with one A level, one BTEC Sub Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma. One AS level can be considered with two A levels, a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Can be combined with either A levels, BTEC Level 3 or OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications to achieve a total of 48 UCAS points.
Extended Project Only in combination with other qualifications. Combined with at least one A level, BTEC Sub Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 2 GCSE grade 4 or above in English language and mathematics.

Accepted Only in combination with three GCSEs at C/4 or above
BTEC Level 2 Diploma
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate
Intermediate GNVQ
HNC (BTEC) Not accepted
HND (BTEC) Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points IB Diploma with 24 points from the IB overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates on a case by case basis
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR English Language Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 48 tariff points, achieved in three level subjects.  This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Irish Leaving Certificate under Level 3 entry
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Only in combination with other qualifications. Combined with at least one A level, BTEC Sub Diploma or OCR National to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
Subjects NOT considered: Business and IT.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MP Subjects NOT considered: Business and IT.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP Subjects NOT considered: Business and IT.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D Can be combined with an A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or another OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
Subjects NOT considered: Business and IT.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma MM Subjects NOT considered: Business and IT.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications. Can be combined with two A levels, a BTEC Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a total of 48 UCAS points.
subjects excluded Business and IT
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP subjects excluded Business and IT
Can be combined with one AS level to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
subjects excluded Business and IT
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Can be combined with one A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 48 UCAS tariff points.
subjects excluded Business and IT.
Scottish Advanced Higher DD Can be combined with Highers.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Only in combination with other qualifications. Combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma totalling a minimum of 48 UTP.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/fda-early-years-2018-19

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no subtest below 5.5

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6, with no subtest below 5.5 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5,500 Year 1
England £5,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,500 Year 1
Scotland £5,500 Year 1
Wales £5,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

These home fees are for reference purposes only based on 2017 fees structure. 2018/9 Fees to be confirmed.

Provider information

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Birmingham City University
University House
15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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