ARU Foundation Degree in Early Years, Playwork and Education

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:CH5FDEYPE1
Start Date:20/09/2018
Fees:£3995 (Subject to confirmation)

Course Overview

The course runs for 6 semesters. The fees quoted are payable for each year.

This is a part-time course suitable for mature early years practitioners, working in childcare, who already hold a relevant Level 3 qualification and who can demonstrate, at interview, the potential to succeed in higher education.

The Foundation Degree is comprised of a range of modules which focus on working with children and it has a special emphasis on holistic learning.  It includes taught elements, individual research elements and vocational elements related to childcare, with specialist modules enabling you to deepen your knowledge of the development and learning of children. These modules cover: child development, theories of learning, children and families, child protection, play theory, outdoor play, children's literacy and numeracy, and legislative frameworks.

Additional modules assist you in acquiring transferable graduate skills: action planning, report writing and reflective practice.  Many of the modules require you to relate theoretical perspectives to practice in your workplace enabling you to implement new ideas and develop expertise.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a FdA

Progression & Career Opportunities

The Foundation Degree can also be used as a stepping stone to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or the BA in Early Childhood Studies (to top up your degree you will need a  GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English and possibly Science if you wish to teach). Anglia Ruskin University welcomes CRC students to top up qualifications.

Students who have their Foundation Degree in Early years, Playwork and Education have opened their own nurseries gained teaching qualifications, worked as Family Liaison Officers or worked in a range of other sector related careers.

Entry Requirements

•  Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Childcare or CACHE Level 3 or Level 3 BTEC Diploma in any suitable subject with supporting work experience/previous employment in the early years or child care  environment
•  Minimum of 64 UCAS Points (MPP at BTEC Level 3, or C in CACHE) or Minimum 48 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalents)
•  Work experience: Applicants will be expected to evidence at least three hundred hours (300) work experience in an appropriate setting. Applicants with less work experience are encouraged to enquire to discuss individual entry.  
•  Applicants are required to complete a short pre entry assessment, this will be provided after application and prior to interview.
•  Working commitment: Applicants must be in paid employed within an early years or child care setting for at least 14 hours per week for the duration of the course
•  All applicants are required to attend an individual or group interview
•  All applicants must have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) document.
•  If English is not the first language, applicants will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification.

Candidates also must demonstrate the potential to achieve a Level 5 academic qualification.

An initial discussion with the course tutor is essential. In many cases the County Early Years Partnerships may support the costs of this course. Please contact admissions by email at or by telephone 01223 418448.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a professional interview.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learnng and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Each of the modules is formally assessed and a number of written formats are used: learning records, reflective practice reports, essays, focussed portfolios and action plans.  Occasionally work is assessed through presentations, displays or demonstrations.  Level 5 results contribute to the overall Degree classification.  Students who are referred on assignments are normally given additional tutorial support and the opportunity to resubmit later.

How to Apply

There are two ways you can apply for a Higher Education course at CRC – you can now apply through UCAS or directly to the college using our HE Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website You can also obtain a copy by contacting our Enquiry Team on tel. 01223 226315 or email The completed form and references should be returned to The Admissions Office, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.