Applications are now open for September 2021.

This course is for anyone who already holds 240 credits in a relevant field, such as a Foundation Degree in Education, where they were engaged in work with children and young people. It is designed for people employed in the field of education in either a paid or voluntary capacity. Students can enrol on the course from other institutions with a relevant Foundation Degree.

The entry requirements for the award are normally:

  • You must be employed (either paid or voluntary) within an education setting for at least four hours per week.
  • You must have an enhanced police clearance via the completion of a DBS form
  • You must have a pass in an appropriate foundation degree or equivalent (must have a significant equivalence of content to the ECS degree such as FD Teaching Assistants or FD Playwork, or equivalent qualification e.g. HND Education)
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to have achieved an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with no single skill being below 5.5.

This course will take one year of study to complete. The mode of attendance for lectures is only three hours per week on one morning per week. In addition, you are expected to be in your setting for four hours a week.

Please download our "course information" above, for more information about the course.

How to apply:

Please complete an online application via Staffordshire University, click here.

Additional Information for this course:

Employer Endorsement Form

Guidance and Information Booklet

Application Flow Chart

Student Finance Flow Chart

Applications are now open for 2021.

To request a hard copy of the application pack, please call the Admissions Team on 0161 6668215 or email


Download Course Information

Start Date: 16 September 2021
Cost: £5950