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Early Years (FdA)


Key facts

UCAS code

X314 (Abingdon and Witney College) L520 (Solihull College) X318 (Swindon College) 315X (Wiltshire College and University Centre)

Start dates

September 2020

Course length

Full time: 2 years at Abingdon & Witney College, Swindon College, Solihull College and Wiltshire College and University Centre

Part time: 3 years at Swindon College and Wiltshire College and University Centre


School of Education


The Early Years foundation degree is designed for practitioners who work with young children in a range of pre-school and nursery settings, and have experience of this sector. The course is delivered at the following Oxford Brookes partner colleges:

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2020 / 21
Home/EU full time off-campus

Home/EU part time off-campus

International full time off-campus

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time off-campus

Home/EU part time off-campus

International full time off-campus

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

On this course you’ll be going on placements in schools. This means you’ll need a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This costs about £50. You may also need to pay an extra fee of about £15 to keep your DBS up-to-date. 

How to apply

Further offer details

Foundation degrees are not typical degrees, so there is no typical offer. Each application will be considered on its merits and in the light of your employer's commitment to support your learning.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

This is a work-based course, and a number of assignments require you to be working in a post where your managers will allow you to undertake and evaluate small-scale projects with children and with your colleagues.

You should have relevant work experience, paid, in a voluntary capacity or as part of your studies. Entrants should normally have as a minimum one of the following:

  • An A-level or vocational A-level
  • NVQ level 3 (such as BTEC or other qualification)
  • An Advanced Modern Apprenticeship.

For the period of the course you need access to a relevant work setting for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International applications

International students requiring a Tier 4 visa cannot study this course at Solihull College or Swindon College, but can apply to study it at our other partners. Applications can be made through the Oxford Brookes Application Portal. For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.