Foundation Degree.

In Montessori Early Childhood Practice.
Level 5 qualification

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2 years full-time (other flexible study pathways available)


September start date


Connected Learning

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Dependent on pathway

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Delivered in partnership with London Metropolitan University

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What you will study.

In your first year your studies will cover Montessori Philosophy, all the curriculum areas studied in the Early Years classroom, and a range of Child Development theory. You will develop the knowledge and skills to become a confident practitioner. The course combines 9 modules of study with 380 hours of practical experience with children on Professional Placement in the first year.  In your second year you will apply your knowledge in a wider range of contexts and engage in a small piece of Action Research to make a difference to practice in the classroom.

If you have already have an MCI Diploma you can join the second year using Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) and study with us from anywhere in the world.

Depending on your chosen pathway you will either complete your practical experience with the Montessori materials during your weekly attendance or during a separate workshop. This workshop is held over two separate weeks during the spring semester in Year One (usually during school half-terms).

In your first year, you will be required to complete 380 hours for your Professional Placement in an approved setting.

In your second year, you will continue to develop and reflect on your professional practice. Many students choose a different setting to gain a contrasting experience. You will carry out observations and engage in practitioner enquiry.

You will continue to be supported and mentored in your professional practice, giving you practical understanding as part of your training.

Your understanding of each module is assessed through a variety of tasks including written assignments, presentations, a practical assessment and a portfolio.

You will also be assessed through a series of setting-based practical assessments, and self-assessment against agreed criteria.

Why choose the FdA?

Flexible study options

Choose to study via a Pathway that suits you. Study full-time over 2 years with 3 days in our college.MCI Diploma Graduates can gain direct.

Connected Learning

Blended learning combines face-to-face and online study, allowing you the greatest combination of flexibility and collaboration.

Awarded by LMU

Upon completion of this course you will be awarded a Foundation Degree from London Metropolitan University.

Where you’ll study.

Our innovative Connected Learning approach combines online and classroom study. You will interact with your student community through live webinars, collaborative group work and discussion forum. Your face-to-face learning will take place at Montessori Centre International, Marlborough House, 38 Marlborough Place, St. John's Wood, London NW8 0PE. We will support you in finding an approved Professional Placement setting.

We have a range of Placement setting locations to suit your requirements, matching you with the right setting will be discussed at interview.

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Flexible finance options.

Student Finance is available for this course for eligible students. Students can apply for funding through the Student Loans Company.To find out more about Student Finance visit the SFE Student Finance ZoneYou may also be eligible to apply for a Birts Bursary that could cover a proportion of the course fee.

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What are my options after I graduate?

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to develop your career and access a degree level qualification, allowing you to move up to more senior roles within nurseries and schools.

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Become a Key Person, Room Leader or Manager in a Montessori setting

With the practical experience you gain on this course, you'll be ready for employment in any Early Years setting.

Become an owner of a Montessori setting in the UK or abroad

Your qualification will open doors for you to not only work in a setting, but to open your own.

Continue your Professional Development

You can continue studying, using this qualification as a stepping stone to a Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.

Work in the wider field of Education or Childcare

Use the knowledge you have gained and your passion for child development to explore roles such as Childminder, Nanny, Play Therapist or Educational Psychologist.

Your questions answered.

In Year One of the course you need to be resident in the UK, and/or hold a relevant residency visa for the duration of your studies. Year Two can be completed internationally.

Montessori education is international in its nature and many of our MCI graduates are successfully working around the world.

Please check specific national requirements for working with children to establish if you need additional qualifications to work in your current or intended country of location.

Yes you can. You will need to pay your first instalment at the start of the course, the second instalment 3 months later, and the final/third instalment is required 3 months after that.

Connected Learning describes how you study with us. We connect you with great tutors, both online and face-to-face. We provide a wealth of resources to help your studies, and we connect you to each other – building a community of inspired Montessori educators.

Dependant on the pathway you take, you will either study Full-time for 2 years or Part-time over 2 years, 3 years or 4 years.

You need to be resident in the UK in order to complete this course, and/or hold a relevant residency visa for the duration of your studies.

Yes. You may be eligible for direct entry – this means your entry to the course will be at the beginning of Year Two.

How the application process works.

Enquiry received

Our Admissions Team will contact you via email to arrange a call to discuss your options and answer any questions you might have.

Call with our team

The Admissions Team will speak with you, and go through the finer details of your study options, walking you through the application process.

Application pack

The Admissions Team will send you an application pack for you to complete and return to us.

Your interview

Once we receive your application, we'll set up an interview for you with a member of our academic team.

Receive your offer

After your interview, we will extend an offer to you to study with us!

Course starts

You will be enrolled onto our Virtual Learning Environment, and are on your way to becoming a Montessori Practitioner.