Early Years


Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 23/09/2019
End Date 02/07/2021

Fees and Finance

16-18 N/A
19-24 £6,000 p/ year
24+ £6,000 p/ year
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This programme is designed to enable Early Years practitioners and educators to build on the knowledge and experience they have built in their existing employment and raise their level of professional qualification to Foundation Degree Level through both practical application and academic study. Since this higher level of study enhances the quality of children's experiences in Early Years care and education, the programme offers practitioners a route into Higher Education without the need to leave paid employment and be removed from current issues and responsibilities.

Cash bursary Students on this course are eligible for a means-tested cash bursary of up to £1,000 for each year of study, which is designed to help you with your living expenses, travel and materials.

Aims of the course

To meet the needs of staff employed in children's services towards integrated multi-agency workforce led by graduate leaders To combine university study and work based learning to enable applicants to develop professionalism and advance their career prospects whilst maintaining their practice in their current settings To develop innovative and effective teaching and learning in the Early Years sector To build a community of learning to strengthen and develop the awe and wonder of education

Unit Breakdown

Year 1 - Level 4 (Certificate in Higher Education) Professional Practice 1 (30 credits) Working in Multi Agency Teams (30 credits) Children and Families (30 credits) Learning and Development through Play (30 credits)

Second Year Level 5 (Diploma in Higher Education) Professional Practice 2 (30 credits) Safeguarding Children's Welfare (30 credits) Birth to Eight (30 credits) Impact Action Research Project (30 credits).

Assessment Method

The range of assessment methods will include: verbal presentations, essays, reports, group projects, research projects, posters, group presentations, role play, electronic and reflective portfolios of practice.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the programme, you could progress to a full BA (Hons) degree (eg BA Hons Early Year Top Up, final year of BA Hons Childhood Status or BA Hons Education Studies) or an Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS). Career progression may lead to positions in management or senior practice.

Career Options

Wide range of career opportunities including play therapy, management of settings (family centres, full day care etc), Ofsted Inspection team work, development of practice through Action Research, Early Years educational consultancy and research work in other European countries and further afield, or progression on to a PGCE in Education to enable you to teach in schools or colleges, or to MA level study.

What can I earn as an Early Years worker? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you study for a vocational Early Years qualification you'll be starting on a varied career path with plenty of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights. For example: Child or Early Years officers start on around £17,000 a year and can earn £24,000 with 3-5 years' experience Nursery nurses start on around £13,000 a year and can earn £16,000 with 3-5 years' experience Primary or nursery teachers start on around £27,000 a year and can earn £45,000 with a few years' experience

If you're interested in a career in the Early Years sector, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our tiered qualifications include work experience in a relevant setting, and give you the confidence and skills to take your first steps in hugely rewarding sector. To find out more go to https://www.lscollege.ac.uk/courses/early-years or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over, have 2 years' experience in working with children, and be passionate about providing high quality care and education for children in their Early Years. To enrol you must: have a Level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education or Access to Teaching or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent, and GCSE English and maths grade C or equivalent; be working in an Early Years setting with children under 8 (for a minimum of 3 days per week on a paid or voluntary placement); have a letter from your employer agreeing day release, a work place mentor, and a clean DBS.


Class room based.

Services Provided

Access to learning resource centres , Early years conferences and exhibitions

Do I need to register?

Yes through UCAS

Process for Application

Candidates can either initially apply through UCAS or directly to Lewisham and Southwark College. However, once a place have been offered all applicants must go through UCAS

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Email: For general enquiries please contact us at info@lscollege.ac.uk.  For application enquiries please contact us at apply@lscollege.ac.uk  

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