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Early Years (FdA)

Foundation Degree Fd(A)

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:



Typical offers

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Abingdon and Witney College / Solihull College / Swindon College / Wiltshire College and University Centre

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years at Abingdon & Witney College, Swindon College, Solihull College and Wiltshire College: Trowbridge Campus
  • Part time: 3 years at Swindon College and Wiltshire College and University Centre

UCAS code

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

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200. 2019/20: £7,350.

Home/EU - part time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £4,500. 2019/20: £5,010.

International - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £8,200 2019/20: £9,000

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU & 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.

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

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.

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.


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

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Find out more

For full details about studying Early Years, please visit the College website.