Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Foundation Degree in Early Years and Education

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:CH5FDEYPE1
Start Date:17/09/2019
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 for people passionate about early years who are either working in childcare or wiling to undertake a weekly voluntary placement.  They should hold a Level 3 qualification and be able to 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 children's development and learning. These modules cover: child development, theories of learning, children and families, safeguarding, embracing diversity, 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. Anglia Ruskin University welcomes CRC students to top up qualifications.

Students who have their Foundation Degree in Early years 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

•  A passion for the wellbeing and rights of children is paramount.
•  Level 3 qualification – this could be in a related subject such as Childcare, Health and Social Care or A Level but other Level 3 qualifications will be considered.
•  GCSE English grade C (or grade 4) or good literacy skills.
•  Applicants should either be working in an Early Years setting or willing to start employment or voluntary placement for at least two days a week.
All applicants must have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) document.
We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience; please contact Toni Cushman to discuss individual requirements and for further information.

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 learning 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.