Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 8200.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    Whether experienced in the early years sector or not, if you are committed to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, this Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect underpinning for your career. Extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this programme through the engagement of early years’ employers, head teachers, parents, children, early years and primary school practitioners and recent and past graduates.


    There are two pathways for this course: a Practitioner Pathway and a Non-Practitioner Pathway. Your choice will be dictated by whether you are already working within an early years setting and whether you already possess a vocationally related qualification. In Year 2 you have the option to be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, culminating in the achievement of an optional Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner or Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

    The modules studied may include:

    • The Reflective Practitioner
    • The Child in Society
    • Language & Literacy Development
    • Introduction to Leadership and Management
    • Child Health and Wellbeing
    • Working with Children & Families

    For more information about regulations and policies relevant to studying with the Open University please visit our Wider Information Set page.
    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.
  • Teaching and Assessment

    There are no exams on this programme, each module is assessed by means of assignments – reflective essay, learning and development resources, and presentations. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.

    This course is delivered on-site each week across the academic year.

  • Career Progression

    This Foundation Degree will open up a variety of career paths and can lead to employment in family support and projects working in a range of early years settings – children’s centre worker, home/school liaison officer, early years practitioner or a role within a primary school.

  • Entry Requirements

    Typically entrants will possess:

    • 64 UCAS points
    • or BTEC Qualifications (QCF) MPP (Extended), MM (Diploma), DM (90 Credit Diploma)
    • or Access to HE course in a relevant subject area


    You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing any work placement.

  • Costs

    £8200
  • Meet your lecturers

    Louise Hannan