South Thames College

Early Years Foundation Degree - Level 4


If you're already working with early years, this will give you a qualification to aid your professional progression. It will let you earn while you learn by combining workplace learning (minimum 16 hours per week) with part-time study.

A key feature of the foundation degree is that you gain academic credit for the learning you gain within the workplace. You'll need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB). The programme covers all areas of the care and development of young children. Throughout the course you'll learn about:

  • Theories of child development
  • Collaborative working with agencies and families
  • Management and personal development topics
  • Personal and professional development through reflective practice
  • Child development, observation and assessment
  • Child protection and ethical practices of working with children
  • Inclusive education and inter-professional perspectives
  • Historical and international perspectives of early years education
  • Early years pedagogy and practice
  • Effective communication skills
  • Special project.


You'll be assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations, tests, exams and project reports.

Entry Requirements

An appropriate Level 3 qualification and at least two years' experience since achieving that qualification. You must be working at least 16 hours per week with babies and children up to five years old within an early years setting.

For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.

Next Steps

Your new skills and knowledge should help you move forward in your career. You can also progress on to a third year of study as a top-up leading to an honours degree with Kingston University. You could also progress toward qualified teacher status or the new early years teacher (subject to Teaching Agency requirements).

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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1 Year
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