Birmingham City University Early Years Foundation Degree

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Birmingham City University Early Years Foundation Degree

Available full-time or part-time at our partner, South and City College Birmingham, this foundation degree is an excellent source of professional development if you are already working in a childcare setting, and is a highly respected starting point for your studies. Equivalent to two years of degree-level study, it offers direct entry to the final year of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies providing a commendation/merit profile is achieved.

What’s covered in the course?

The course is carefully designed to offer appropriate skills and knowledge relating to professional practice, and the application of work-based experience. It also focuses on your self-development and independent learning, as well as team work and your ability to manage others.

Skills and knowledge acquired from your modules combine to give you a thorough appreciation of a child’s social and emotional development, covering issues of language, literacy and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, and physical and creative development.

Applying your knowledge in real Early Years settings is a vital part of your learning, and you need to complete 720 hours of work placement during the course. As a working, part-time student, you normally achieve this through your professional commitments; if you study full-time, you get all the support you need to find a suitable work placement.

“The library has outstanding facilities including private study rooms, computers and even a cafe. It also has extended opening hours during busy periods of the year and the staff are always friendly and willing to help you find what you are looking for.” Roberta Goddard

Why Choose Us?

  • Studying in small, intimate groups, trainee Early Years practitioners get the chance to enhance skills and professional standing, while aspiring entrants to the profession enjoy a practical, hands-on introduction to key issues.
  • The part-time route offers flexibility to fit studies around your weekly commitments.
  • Although based at South and City College Birmingham (Digbeth campus), you have full use of facilities at any of the University sites and will feel part of our supportive student community.
  • This course supports the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), ensuring you can deliver provision that complies with EYFS learning and development requirements.
  • Ofsted rates South and City College Birmingham as a ‘Beacon Status’ college, making it one of only a few UK training providers to achieve the government’s Training Quality Standard in three or more sectors.
  • The College also has Customer Service Excellence status, proof of the importance placed on student satisfaction.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

A minimum of 2 GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, at the point of enrolment.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level 48 UCAS Tariff points from A Levels, not including Business and IT.
Access to Higher Education Diploma A Pass. 60 credits including 45 at Level 3. We will not accept Access to Business or ICT. If you do not have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, then credits must also include English and Maths at Level 2.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) MP
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) PPP
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Grade: Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers) Combinations equalling 48 UCAS tariff points including 3 Higher Level passes.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum 48 UCAS tariff points (Advanced Higher DD; Higher CDD)
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 24 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty.

Places will be offered on the programme after applicants have attended an introductory workshop and successfully completed a full disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We welcome applications from mature students and from all members of the community under-represented in education.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you’re considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it’s important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.