West Thames College London

Early Years Care and Education - Foundation Degree

If you are currently working in an early years setting and want to gain a qualification that will help your professional progression, the Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education enables you to 'learn as you earn' by combining workplace learning with part-time study.

Please note: The Foundation Degree programme is subject to change following the Kingston University Revised Academic Framework.

Key course features


  • Foundation Degree (Kingston University)
  • JACS Code: X110
  • Institution Code: K84-campus W

Level: Level 5

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for professionals who are working with children in maintained or non-maintained settings and is held one day per week from 4pm to 9.20pm.

About the course

You will attend taught sessions and complete directed tasks as specified in the programme. Teaching and learning will consist of workshops, lectures, seminars, discussion groups, self-assessment and independent study. This will be both college and work-based. You will also have tutorials with a personal tutor, who will meet with you in your group and also for individual sessions.

You will study:

Year 1 modules (four 8-week modules at Level 4):

  • Personal and professional development through reflective practice
  • Child protection and ethical practices of working with children
  • Child development, observation and assessment
  • Inclusive education and interprofessional perspectives.

Year 2 modules (four 8-week modules at Level 5):

  • Historical and international perspectives of early years education
  • Early years pedagogy and practice
  • Special project.

Please note: The Foundation Degree programme is subject to change following the Kingston University Revised Academic Framework.

For more information about the course, please visit the Kingston University website.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress will be assessed by means of:

  • Assignments, presentations and timed case studies
  • Demonstration of professional competence in work based situations
  • Practical demonstrations that apply knowledge you have gained.
Where next?

When you complete this course you can go on to a ‘top-up’ year of study to gain an honours degree and progress towards Qualified Teacher Status (subject to TTA entry requirements) or Early Years Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a Level 3 qualfication in early years, e.g. Diploma in Childcare and Education, NNEB, CACHE Level 3 Diploma, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. You will need to be employed in an appropriate setting for a minimum of 16 hours and should normally have at least 2 years of experience post Level 3 qualification. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning is offered for those who are unsure of the current value of their qualifications. 

For more information about the entry requirements, please visit the Kingston University website.

You will need to apply through UCAS. You will then be invited to the college for an interview and a written test, and will also be given the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the course. If you want more information before you apply, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

The fee for 2015-16 is £4,950 (fees set up by Kingston University). This fee is for one year of study and may be subject to change in subsequent years. Visit www.kingston.ac.uk for more details.
How to apply?
Please apply via the Kingston page on UCAS - www.UCAS.com. If you have any questions, please call 020 8326 2000 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk


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