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Foundation Degrees at Whitefield

Foundation degrees are higher education qualifications which combine academic study with work-based learning. They provide a training pathway for those who would like to remain in work whilst studying for a higher education award.

Whitefield works with Kingston University to provide an early years foundation degree. This professionally recognised two year degree is highly valued by employers. You will study four 30 credit modules in year one and four 30 credit modules in year two and continue to work at least 16 hours per week balancing other commitments. 

Early Years Foundation Degree

Entry Requirements

This degree is specifically designed for early years practitioners who have an appropriate Level 3 qualification and at least two years post qualifying experience. You must be working at least 16 hours per week with babies and children from birth to five years old within an early years role.

What will I study?

This course will equip you with higher level skills and a sound knowledge of areas relevant to your work including local and national statutory frameworks, theories of learning, collaborative working with agencies and families, educational systems and a deeper understanding of child development, observation and assessment. You will reflect upon your practice of working with babies and children from birth to five years with opportunities to explore and develop an in-depth understanding of safeguarding, child protection, ethics and diversity. Flexible study will enable you to engage with a wide range of reading and you will develop essential skills of academic writing, planning your studies, engagement with research and critical reflection and analysis of both your practice and reading.


Year 1 Year 2
  • Personal and Professional Development Through Reflective Practice
  • Child Development, Observation and Assessment
  • Child Protection and Ethical Practices Of Working
    With Children
  • Inclusive Education and Interprofessional Perspectives
  • Historical and International Perspectives Of Early Years Education
  • Early Years Pedagogy and Practice
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Special Project

Assessment takes place  through a variety of written assignments, practical presentations, written short-answer papers and practitioner research.

You can find more information about the course, here:


How to apply

For further details about applying for places or eligibility please contact:

Louise Langsworthy
Whitefield Teaching Schools Alliance
Macdonald Road, Walthamstow
London, E17 4AZ
020 8531 3426

Course Fees and Financial Support

Course Fees for September 2020 are £6000 per 1st and 2nd year, if you are a UK student. Student Finance England can offer you financial support when you are studying towards a degree. You may be able to receive a range of financial help and support including a grant (which you don’t have to pay back) and a loan (which you do need to repay). You can apply for a student loan or get more information at: Kingston University also allows for payments in instalments.