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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 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.

  • 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.

    Course Fee UK & EU Students: £5300

    Course Fee International students:
    Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
    Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600

    You should be aware that if you progress to the BA(Hons) top-up, the fee for the top-up year for home (UK and EU) students is the standard undergraduate fee, currently £9,250 for the 2019/20 academic year.

    Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    You will be given a reading list of books that you ned to buy for each module.

    The renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, containing rare books, toys and photographs.
    Freud Museum London

  • 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Progression

    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.

  • Assessment Method

    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.

How to Apply

Please apply via the Kingston page on UCAS - If you have any questions, please call 020 8326 2000 or email

Course Info

Courses for Adults 19+,Higher Education

Part Time

Level 5

Location Isleworth

Start Date 13/09/2021

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

West Thames College

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* Based on overall performance for students aged 16-18 across all levels in 2018-19

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