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Early Years Foundation Degree Level 5

Early Years Foundation Degree Level 5 RuTC Graduates

This sector-endorsed Early Years foundation degree is a two-year higher education degree course, run in collaboration with partner colleges. It enables you to combine academic study with work-based learning. You will develop theoretical and practice-based knowledge for working with young children (birth to five years of age) in a variety of settings. On successful completion, you can progress to a work-based learning BA(Hons) top-up programme within the same sector.


Click here to download the course information flyer from Kingston University.


This degree is validated by Kingston University.


UCAS applications for this course are open until September. This is a two year course and the price shown below is per annum. 


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 21-PL5FD-EAY-1A / 10001

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 2 years (34 weeks per annum)

    What time does the course start? 4PM

    What time does the course end? 9PM

    When does the course run? Wed

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £5,170 per annum

    Is this course eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan? Yes

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body Kingston University

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What you will study

    The course covers a wide range of theoretical perspectives and current issues in the field of education and other related sectors, which are relevant for those working in early years settings.

    The course also explores international perspectives and latest developments within the field of early years. It provides a route into higher education for experienced and committed early years practitioners, enabling them to progress from Level 3 to a foundation degree. It combines work-based practice with theoretical knowledge.

    This course enables you to ‘learn as you earn’ by combining a minimum of 16 hours workplace learning with part-time study at a local college.

    You will gain 240 academic credits on completion of this course.

  • Example of modules

    – Child Development, Observation and Assessment

    – Inclusive Education and Interprofessional Perspectives

    – Effective Communication Skills

    For a full list of modules, please see the course webpage: kingston.ac.uk/2019eyfd 

  • Teaching, learning and assesment

    Your course will be delivered at your local college. Teaching includes lectures, work-based learning activities, presentations, tutorials, online learning, workshops and seminars. In addition you will be supported by a work-based professional advocate and tutors.

    Progress is measured by assignments, demonstration of professional competence in work-based situations, and practical demonstrations that apply the knowledge you have gained. There are no written exams.

  • Careers and progression

    This qualification is valued by employers. It is seen as a mark of professional excellence and expertise.

    Once you have successfully completed this foundation degree at Level 5, you can take a further year’s study and top-up your qualification to a BA(Hons) degree at Level 6 at Kingston University.

    After you have completed the BA(Hons) top-up, you will be well placed to pursue postgraduate opportunities and enhance your professional development in education and related fields.

    Many graduates return to Kingston University for postgraduate and continuing professional development studies. These include Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    Please note: to progress to EYTS or QTS, you will need GCSE (A*–C or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings) in English Language, Maths and Science.

  • Entry requirments

    – Level 3 early year’s qualification (or equivalent). – Normally two years’ experience in an appropriate setting.

    – Employment in an appropriate setting (either paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the course.

    The selection process involves interview at your chosen college, selection exercises and a current DBS check.

    Please see course webpage for further details: kingston.ac.uk/2019eyfd

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