Part Time:

Level 4 / 5 Early Childhood – Foundation Degree

Course Details

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be employed or volunteering in an early years setting for a minimum of 12 hours a week and hold a level 3 qualification in early years, plus either 2 GCSE’s at C and above or equivalent. Students with a Level 4 Childcare qualification can enter at level 5, subject to confirmation by the University of Chichester.


Level 4 units include:

  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Child Development
  • Reflective Practice in Early Years Provision
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Working in Partnership with Families
  • Learning through Play

Level 5 units include:

  • Researching Early Years
  • Independent Project or International Perspectives and Inspiring Curriculum
  • Pregnancy, birth and Baby Care
  • Understanding children’s Behaviour
  • Health and Wellbeing of Young Children


This course is assessed through a variety of assessments forms such as; reflective accounts, presentations, portfolio and essays.


You can progress to study the one year Top-Up BA (Hons) Early Childhood at Fareham College, the University of Chichester or another training provider.


You must be prepared to carry out self study activities and occasionally travel to the University of Chichester.

Additional Costs

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures, tutorials, seminars, and teaching facilities. You will also have access to some support and services:

  • A range of student services – advisors and careers service;
  • The LRC services are free for students and there are some e-resources available. You may become liable for fines if you don’t return items on time.
  • Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses
  • Access to support from our Careers Service



  • Some core textbooks may be required although many are able to be borrowed from the LRC
  • General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials
  • Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required)
  • The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service – we pass this cost on directly to our customers
  • Travel to, from and between Fareham and Chichester University
  • Gym membership
  • Educational Visits,  Students may be required to pay towards the cost
  • If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the college may be able to assist you in arranging this. You will be required to pay for this assessment.
  • Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Courses that work with vulnerable people may require a DBS enhanced disclosure check. Often your employer will organise this for you but if you are completing a placement this will cost about £44.



Two Years

2019 Start Dates

Level 4 (Foundation Degree Year 1)
02.09.2019 – 18.05.2020  | Mon | 09:30 – 14:30

Level 5 (Foundation Degree Year 2)
13.09.2019 – 26.05.2020 | Fri | 09:30 – 14:30

Course Cost

£3,500 per Year
Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Funding Information

You may be eligible to receive fee remission or a loan for this course. Please contact our Enrolments Team on 01329 815 171 for more information or email them below.


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