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Early Childhood

Our Foundation Degree helps you to develop a range of academic, professional and key skills and builds your knowledge and understanding of early childhood and your confidence as a person, professional and scholar.

It provides a unique blend of professional practice and academic rigour and you can progress from the part-time foundation degree to honours level in the 3rd year of study and achieve a BA (Hons) Early Childhood within four years.


Our Early Childhood programme offers you the chance to combine your study with work and family commitments. You might be an early years educator, a parent, a grandparent or a health worker, or simply wish to build on your relevant experience in a professional, personal or voluntary context. The degree is designed to support people who are new to university study.

The Foundation Degree:
  • Combines academic rigour with professional practice
  • Promotes key and transferable skills, e.g. leadership, communication
  • Prepares for career progression and is a route to further study
  • Builds on prior experience and learning
  • Runs on one evening per week and two Saturdays per term

Following the Foundation Degree, students can progress to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Degree. This degree offers optional modules in the third year, which allows you to choose a named award in your study choices:

  • BA Early Childhood
  • BA Early Childhood (Teaching, Learning and Assessment)
  • BA Early Childhood (Leadership)
  • BA Early Childhood (Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability)

For more information on the programme structure of this course, please see our Programme Details page.

Kate Gibbins, Student Finance Officer provides details of the funding available for part-time students in 2019/20.

This video was filmed in March 2016

Applications will open in January for 2020 entry

Key Facts

Starts: September 2019

Level: Foundation Degree

Length: Just under three years (8 terms) part-time to the Foundation Degree and just over a further year (4 terms) to the BA (Hons) degree

Venue: University of Warwick and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

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