Trafford College Group

Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice Trafford College Group Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University


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Course summary

This course caters for people who are already working in the field of early years and childcare to provide a professional development opportunity. Our course links current research and child development theory to professional practice and has well established relationships with local and regional employers.

The aim of the foundation degree is to provide a professional development opportunity and a progression route to becoming a graduate. It is designed for people already working in the field of early years who already hold a level 3 qualification and have some post qualifying experience. The course links research and child development theory to professional practice and has well established relationships with local and regional employers.

Course details


On this programme you will study the following modules:
Year One
o The Enabling Practitioner in the 21st Century
o The Reflective Student
o Learning and Development
o Working Together
o Pioneers and Pedagogies
o Effective Teamwork
Year Two
o The Critically Reflective Student
o Safeguarding in Practice
o Leadership and Management
o Research Theory and Practice
o Positive Relationships
o Practitioners as Play Partners

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used from reports and essays to presentations, academic posters and portfolios. Typically each module has one form of assessment attached to it. The assessments have been carefully designed to support and develop your skills in independent thinking and learning.

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

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

Course code XL3M
Institution code S76
Campus name Main Site (Stockpot College Campus)
Campus code -

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 64 points Those with 48 Ucas points will be considered for an interview.

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading) in English, a Maths GCSE is preferable (If a student wishes to pursue onto post graduate study in teaching, maths and science will be required)
You should have at least one year post level 3 experience of working with children and currently be working for a minimum of 2 days per week in an appropriate setting. This can be paid or voluntary.

You will also need a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate that has been issued within 12 months of the start of the course. You can apply for one at enrolment, for a fee, if necessary.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

• Evidence from employer or voluntary organisation of a recent enhanced DBS check (i.e. completed within 12 months prior to the start of the course)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6,995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,995 Year 1
Scotland £6,995 Year 1
Wales £6,995 Year 1

Additional fee information

£6995 per year, Full Time

Provider information

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Trafford College Group
Town Centre Campus
Wellington Road South

Course contact details

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Course Enquiries

The Applications Team (Stockport College Campus)

0161 296 5649

Main Contact

0161 296 5649