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Early Years Studies Foundation Degree

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    Ideal if:  you already have an Early Years qualification at Level 3 and want to increase your knowledge.

    You'll learn: a variety of mandatory units including emerging developmental theory and research and leading and managing in the Early Years sector.

    Expect to: develop your ability as a reflective practitioner, by exploring links between theoretical perspectives and current practice and learn how to think critically about current policy.

    You'll love: still having the opportunity to work while putting what you learn into practice.


    This 2 year full-time course is ideal if you already have an Early Years qualification at Level 3 and want to increase your knowledge. It is an ideal course for students who have a classroom assistant qualification who now want to learn more abut children and their families.  Students need to demonstrate they have previous experience with working with children before embarking on this Level 4 Foundation Degree.

    The course, which is validated by the University of Gloucestershire, takes place over two evenings a week and one of these evenings is delivered electronically through web based activities and webinars. In addition, there are also three innovative learning weekends.

    If you’re not quite sure whether you can afford the time or the money to go onto a full degree course at a University, but still want to work towards that goal, then a Foundation Degree is the option for you. By enrolling onto a Foundation Degree you will still have the opportunity to work and put what you learn into practice.

    All entrants must be employed (or undertaking substantial voluntary work) in the sector for the duration of the course.

    The course is made up of the following mandatory units:

    Year 1

    EYF401 Learning and skills development

    EYF402 Reflection on work based practice

    EYF403 Children & young people’s development & wellbeing

    EYF404 Perspectives of childhood

    EYF405 Contemporary challenges in safeguarding

    EYF406 Beyond inclusive practice

    EYF407 Moving to Outstanding.


    Year 2

    EYF501 Professionalism in the Early Years

    EYF502 Emerging developmental theory and research

    EYF503 Planning and Assessing children’s learning

    EYF504 Perspectives in play

    EYF505 Partnership with parents

    EYF506 Leading and managing in the Early Years sector

    EYF507 Developing a Forest school

    EYF508 Child initiated learning within the community.

    If you need information about a loan for your fees and other related information contact The Student Loan Company

    Please be aware we do require you to apply via UCAS

    The UCAS code for this course is X310; the Institution code for Gloucestershire College is G45.

    Please see Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice available at (subject to agreed amendments).  Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice has been written based on guidance from external bodies that regulate consumer law, customer protection and education standards.  If you have any queries about either Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy or Code of Practice, please contact Gloucestershire College’s Admissions department via telephone 01242 532008 or

    Please note that modules could be subject to change but any such changes, to module delivery, would be in consultation with the students.


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