Childcare and Teacher Training

Supporting Early Years Foundation Degree

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start September 2021 and runs for two years. You will study one full day per week in College and two days per week on placement. Year one you will attend on a Thursday 9.30am-4.00pm and Year two you will attend on a Tuesday 9.30am-4.00pm.

Entry requirements

  • A Level 2 Literacy qualification e.g. GCSE English Language Grade C/4, Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2.
  • A Level 3 qualification e.g. A level, BTEC National, NVQ 3 and at least one year’s volunteering/working experience.
  • You will also require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

You will achieve

Supporting Early Years Foundation Degree in Education (FdEd)

Awarding Body

Validated by the Leeds Trinity University

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

This course is suitable for all those who work supporting the development of children aged 0-5 and wish to develop their professional practice. You will develop your understanding of how best to create and maintain positive conditions that support young children’s learning and development, by critically investigating and evaluating the theories, knowledge, policies and legislation that underpin current good practice. In addition you will develop academic skills that will improve your work performance and your career opportunities.

Course content

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • Creating an Enabling Environment for Young Children
  • Communication and Language (Families)
  • Working with Families or Working with 21st Century Children
  • Inclusivity and Diversity or Introduction to SEN and Disability
  • Play and Early Learning
  • Assessments and Interventions
  • Research-Informed Practice in the Early Years
  • Developing Social and Emotional Resilience
  • Leading and Managing or Developing Literacy

Assessment is through a mixture of reports, essays, presentations etc.

Paper, pens, files and books

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

Graduates can progress to further study on the top-up BA (Hons) Professional Practice. Eligible candidates may apply for teacher training routes.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

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Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Supporting Early Years Foundation Degree

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