Childcare Courses

If you are currently working in an Education and Early Years setting with children between ages 0-8 years 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 work based 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
    • Effective Communication skills
    • Special project.

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

    Course Fee : Home (UK students) £6,000* International Year 1 (2022/23): £15,400 Year 2 (2023/24): £15,800

    Eligible UK 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.

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

  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

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

  • Entry Requirements

    A Level 3 qualification that is full and relevant to Early Years Education, e.g. Diploma in Childcare and Education, NNEB, CACHE Level 3 Diploma, NVQ Level 3, Supporting teaching and learning in Schools or equivalent. *If you have a Level 3 qualification in other areas such as an A-levels, Health and Social Care diplomas, relevant Access to Education courses, Care, Early Years or Psychology courses, T-levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas and other full Level 3 courses in relevant and related fields of study, you can be enrolled on the Foundation degree with Early years Educator, subject to pre-experience in the field of Early Years . We offer the Early Years (with Early Years Educator) pathway which will give you Licence to Practice and is classified as a "full and relevant" qualification by the Department for Education (UCAS code: X120). In addition to the core modules, you will complete a Reflective Professional Practice Record (RPPR). 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:

    • Written assignments, presentations and professional discussions
    • Demonstration of professional competence in work based situations
    • Portfolio of evidence, complied by using the Reflective Professional Practice Record (RPPR)s
    • Workplace assessment at least twice per year, if you are completing the Early Years (with Early Years Educator) pathway
    • 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 26/09/2023

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

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