The Open University Early Years Foundation Degree

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The Open University Early Years Foundation Degree

The Open University Early Years Foundation Degree, Below is the list of foundation degree at The Open University:

Foundation degrees

  • Combined Professional Studies
  • Computing and IT Practice
  • Counselling
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare Practice


  1. People, work and society Access module
  2. Exploring perspectives on young children’s lives and learning
    Level 1
  3. Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology
    Level 1
  4. Introduction to working with young people in practice
    Level 1
  5. Working with young people: an introduction
    Level 1
  6. Introducing the social sciences
    Level 1
  7. Investigating the social world
    Level 1

If you currently work with children from birth to seven years, or are interested in learning more about young children’s lives and experiences, this honours degree could be what you’re looking for. Combining academic study and practice experience, this BA (Honours) Early Childhood provides an excellent foundation for careers working with young children and their families across all sectors.

Key features of the course

  • Professionally and vocationally relevant, this practice-focused qualification takes a holistic approach to understanding early childhood in diverse social, cultural and multi-disciplinary contexts
  • Includes national and international perspectives on early childhood with a focus on the central importance of children’s voices and the participatory nature of young children’s experiences
  • Encourages critical understanding and reflection on contemporary issues and debates in early childhood
  • Aims to prepare students to become skilled, flexible and reflective graduates able to transfer skills to a range of professional contexts in the field of early childhood, some of which may require postgraduate study

Please note: in England this course does not provide Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and in Scotland this course does not lead to SSSC registration in daycare of children’s services.GCSE requirements may affect eligibility. See the Careers section for further details.

We also offer a Diploma of Higher Education in Early Childhood (W50) that is the same in structure as the first two-thirds of this degree; similarly, our Certificate of Higher Education in Early Childhood (T26) corresponds to the first third.