Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

This course is intended to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to meet the increasing demand on childcare practitioners in early childhood settings. It comprises the first two levels of a degree with opportunities to complete the honours degree through our top-up course. 

The course is designed to support those childcare practitioners who wish to progress their development and pursue some of the many opportunities currently available for career development in the childcare and early childhood sector.

What will I study?

Level 4 Year 1 Certificate

  • Academic Skills
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Safeguarding the Rights of the Child
  • Playful Teaching and Learning
  • Child Development and Learning
  • Professional Practice

Level 5 Year 1 Diploma

  • Research Skills
  • Working in Partnerships
  • Leadership and Management in a Childhood Setting
  • Inclusion and SEND
  • Effective Pedagogy
  • Education and Curriculum
  • Advanced Professional Practice

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment techniques will be used such as essays, reports, presentations, padlet, academic posters and professional development portfolios.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars with the opportunity for individual and group work. All students will undertake private study to complement and extend the learning in the classroom.  In addition, all students will have regular tutorials and implement learning in the workplace . Students will be expected to participate in weekly forums on the College virtual learning environment’.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile:  Sara Rackham

Sara has an MA in Childhood and Youth and started out teaching in primary schools. Her research interests are social construction of childhood and child development.

Entry requirements

  • A level three early years qualification in a related topic area such as early years, health and social care or Access to HE (equivalent to 72 UCAS points) or substantial experience in early years
  • GCSE maths and English Grade 4/C or above
  • Candidates should also be currently working in paid or voluntary early childhood sector
  • Satisfactory reference and successful interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

There may be an opportunity for students to enrol through APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning), APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) if these are deemed relevant by the programme leader and the college admissions department.

What next?

You could progress onto our one-year top-up course to gain the full honours degree.

Employment opportunities include working in nurseries, schools, community centres, teaching and any other areas working with children and families.

Additional information

This course is delivered full-time over two years, and part-time over three years.  Private study and workplace learning are also important elements of the foundation degree.

Students will spend a minimum of 150 hours a year in placement.

Validated by the University of Hull

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