Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Want a career that is rewarding and fun? Working with children can offer that! Learn about all aspects of working with children on our Foundation degree programme.

There are three key themes in the programme: knowledge of the education, development and care of young children 0-8; the professional development of practitioners; and the continuing development of excellence in practice in local settings.

Appropriate knowledge and understanding of early childhood is embedded, together with skills relating to the use of ideas and information in the workplace context, and the ability to relate theory to practice in a reflective and critical manner.

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 2 Diploma

  • Research Skills
  • Working in Partnerships
  • Leadership and Management in a Childhood Setting
  • Inclusion and SEND
  • Effective Pedagogy (Optional)
  • Education and Curriculum (Optional)
  • Advanced Professional Practice 2

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 to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

  • Modules will have both taught elements and independent study in a blended learning approach, taught over one afternoon and one evening online session per week. Taught sessions will include lectures, discussions, group work, and presentation of research.
  • Regular individual tutorials
  • Module tutorials
  • The college offers study support, library and electronic resources and ICT facilities.
  • Students will be required to have a placement of 150 hours, this will help them through work based practical learning that provides them with opportunities reflect on ‘real life situations’
  • Students will be encouraged to utilise learning methods such as Moodle, e-learning, Padlet, flipped learning and the use of Office 365 applications such as TEAMS and One Drive

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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