Entry Requirements

Candidates will be required to:

BTEC Extended Diplomas (suite of qualifications known as Nationals on the QCF Framework) in the following areas:

BTEC Nationals (NQF Framework) in the following related areas:

CACHE (formally NNEB)

Candidates will need a minimum of Grade E in theory units

Level 3 Certificate

NVQ and other L3 Qualifications (in Childcare, Teaching Support, Child minding or a related subject area)

Candidates must PASS the qualification and undertake the University's AP(E)L process which will require the submission of a written academic piece of work.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Students who have competed units on a sector endorsed Foundation Degree awarded by a different Higher Education Institution may be eligible to gain credit for those units studied or gain direct entry into year 2 of the Foundation Degree. For further information please contact the college directly.

Access to Higher Education Course

Education Pathway or equivalent (Pass of 60 credits with minimum of 45 at L3)
Must have Level 2 English and Maths (either included or extra)

Advanced Level Apprenticeships

As part of the WVLLN progression agreement, candidates with NVQ3 Early Years, NVQ3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Advanced Apprenticeship Early Years (gained with the last 5 years) are guaranteed an interview for this programme subject to having the appropriate professional experience.

Level 2 English and Maths

All applicants will normally also require passes (at grade C or above) in English and Maths or approved level 2 equivalents.

Non UK based qualifications

Students applying with non-UK based qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants without formal academic qualifications

Students without formal qualifications but who have a minimum of two years relevant work experience and are able to demonstrate that they have developed the necessary skills to succeed on the course can apply through the University's AP(E)L procedures. Details of the AP(E)L process can be found here.

English Language Requirements

Where English is not the applicant’s first language an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies

On successful completion of the FdA students may progress to the BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies.