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Early Years and Childcare

Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning

Higher Education

Course Overview

This course is delivered in partnership with the University of Reading. You spend the first two years studying at BCoT one afternoon/evening per week. There is then the opportunity to spend the final year at the University of Reading to ‘top up’ to a full BA (Hons) degree. This course provides the ideal opportunity to work towards a degree alongside relevant employment and is half the cost of a traditional degree programme at university.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Work towards a degree level qualification alongside your job.
  • Learn locally in a comfortable and supportive setting.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Professionalism in the children's workforce
  • Theories of development and learning
  • The child in society
  • Creativity and critical thinking.

Entry Requirement

You should have completed a Level 3 qualification in Childcare or a related subject and be working at least 0.5FT or 20 hours a week in a childcare setting.


This course is assessed through a variety of methods for each module. These may include: Essays, Reports, Presentations, Research Project, Guided Professional Discussions and Reflective Accounts.

Where does this course lead to

The opportunity to spend the final year at the University of Reading to 'top up' to a full BA (Hons) degree.

How to Enrol

You can enrol directly onto this course if you have the entry requirements noted above. You will be contacted for a short interview with the course tutor before you start the course, and possibly invited into the College for a Taster Day.

If you would like to enrol but do not have the entry requirements or would like any further information, please email sharon.falconer@bcot.ac.uk with your contact details or telephone 01256 306593.

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Course Outline

Course Code: PRBH000
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 22/09/2021
Day & Time: Thurs 1.00pm to 7.30pm
Duration: 2 Years
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £4625.00)
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