Location: Ashton Sixth Form College

Fee: £2,800 per year (3 years)

Start Date: 1 September 2017

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To request an application pack, please call the Admissions Team on 0161 6668215 or email HEadmissions@asfc.ac.uk.

Please note - in addition to completing your application form for Ashton Sixth Form College, you will also be required to complete an online application to Staffordshire University, click here.


'Meeting The Needs Of Employers'

The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Ashton Sixth Form College meets the criteria for Sector - Endorsement. Click here to see a copy of our certificate.

Sector endorsement is an acknowledgement  that developed foundation degrees meet the requirements of the workforce and are suitable for use within the sector.


Teaching and Learning

The Foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies offers comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills required for an advanced and reflective early years practitioner. This qualification is designed for practitioners who are currently employed (either paid or voluntary) in an early years environment. This could be as a nanny or childminder, or someone working in a playgroup, children’s centre, Sure Start unit, private day nursery or school. The programme is practical and vocationally focussed and aims to cater for a range of students from a variety of workplace situations in which they work with children 0-8 years. The programme focuses upon the care and development of young children aged 0-8 years and the primary involvement of their families. The vocational needs of those working in early years, the theoretical understanding of childhood and the intellectual development of the early years practitioner are fostered on the programme. The programme offers sound academic knowledge to enable you to enter or further progress in careers in education, health, social services and within the private, independent and voluntary sectors. For those wishing to progress to Early Years Professional Status this is ideal as the content has been developed to meet the needs of qualified early years specialists. Some of our students take this course with the intention to move into teaching. At the end of the Foundation Degree, you can top up to a full BA Honours by taking a further 120 credits and you can choose either an Education or an Early Years route for this. The programme supports those seeking roles in early years, promotion within the field and progression. Personal and work based experiences form a significant part of the learning so it is vital that students are working or volunteering in an early years setting.

We aim to extend students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of early years. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed on the programme. Students will attend regular weekly college based sessions (five hours per week). College based sessions will include varied activities such as lectures, workshops, group work and discussions. Outside of these sessions, students will also participate in interactive e-learning utilising VLE resources, engage in independent learning and attend tutorials. Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules through which students will develop subject specific and key skills. The modules have a broad and flexible content adaptable to students’ needs while providing an essential core of academic knowledge, work based skills and knowledge and study skills in a coherent package. The modules in the programme lead to a Foundation Degree of 240 credits. The first module is Study Skills which equips students for engaging with higher level academic study. Subject modules cover a breadth of topics such as Child Development, Child Health, Behaviour, Leadership Skills, The Early Years Curriculum, Safeguarding, The Child and the Family, Diversity and Inclusive Practice.