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Early Childhood

Foundation and BA (Hons) Degree

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Our new 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 extend your knowledge and understanding about Early Childhood.

Our foundation degree helps you to develop a range of academic, professional and key skills.

If you wish to take your study further, the degree will also offer you a preparation towards an Honours Degree and is an important pathway to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood.

Starts Applications for 2018 entry are now open.
Day and time

Teaching time and dates for 2018 entry.

Year one

University of Warwick - Classes will take place on Monday evenings, 6pm - 9pm

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College - to be confirmed. 2017 classes are offered on Tuesdays from 1.30pm - 7pm

At Warwick and NWHC all students attend two Saturday daytime sessions per term at the University of Warwick . Dates for these will be available soon.

Fee

(PDF Document) Fee Information - FdA and BA (Hons) Early Childhood 2017

Information for 2018/19 will be available shortly

View potential additional fees.

Venue

The University of Warwick or North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and six Saturdays a year at University of Warwick

Entry requirements NVQ Level 3 or equivalent is desirable and GCSE grade C is a distinct advantage
Applicants are normally interviewed by the course selector
Length Usually three years part-time to Foundation degree (a further two years part-time or one year full-time to Honours degree)
Contact

Please use our contact us page if you have an enquiry about studying at Warwick
or call North Warwickshire and Hinckley College - 024 7624 3000


Watch this video of Programme Director, Dr Sarah Cousins, to find out more about what the new degree involves and whether it's the right course for you:

This video was filmed in March 2016

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The closing date for applications for this course is Monday 17 September 2018. The course will start week commencing 2 October 2017 with an induction event before it starts (date tbc) for Warwick students and 28 September for NWHC students).

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
  • Offers employable teaching and learning experiences
  • Offers optional modules in the third year:
    o Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Early Childhood
    o Leadership in Early Childhood Contexts

Who is the programme for?

  • Professionals working in organisations where expertise in early childhood would be beneficial
  • Early years practitioners in childminder, private, voluntary and independent settings, and schools
  • Teaching and learning support assistants, classroom assistants and nursery assistants working in free schools, maintained schools, nurseries and other educational settings
  • Other adults, including health workers, fathers, mothers and grandparents involved in supporting children's learning, welfare and development


In this video, current students, Kadiatu and Clare, talk about their experiences on the course so far. This video was filmed in November 2016


How does it work?

  • Part-time, modular structure linking theory and practice
  • Core and optional modules and work-based learning involving work-based tasks and a project
  • Flexible delivery methods including seminars, workshops, professional tasks, lectures and online learning opportunities
  • A commitment to attending one session per week and two Saturdays per term in the first year (Monday evenings at Warwick and Thursdays (tbc) from 2pm at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College) Saturday teaching days at the University of Warwick; 9.30am-4pm (see dates above).
  • A commitment to gaining substantial and broad experience*in one or more Early Years contexts, either as a volunteer or employee
    *x3 or more hours per week or 100 hours per year
  • A Certificate in Early Childhood may be awarded (FHEQ Level 4) for those who do not choose to progress to FHEQ Level 5
  • The Foundation qualification is at FHEQ Level 5 and provides an opportunity to progress to FHEQ Level 6

What are the benefits for me?

  • Achieve a University of Warwick degree
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of early childhood
  • Build up your confidence as a scholar and professional
  • Progress to an Honours degree
  • Be on a recognised pathway towards further certificated professional status, e.g. Early Years Teacher Status, Qualified Teacher Status
  • Progress onto the BA (Hons) degree course. This progression route to the BA (Hons) Degree has four pathways; Early Childhood, Early Childhood (Leadership), Early Childhood (Teaching, Learning and Assessment) and Early Childhood (Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability).

What do I need to do next?

  • Applications are considered on individual merit
  • A Level 3 Diploma or prior academic/vocational study and experience is an advantage
  • GCSE (Grade C or above, or equivalent) in English is an advantage
Once you have applied we will contact you to arrange a interview


The programme comprises:

Foundation Degree
2017/18 90 credits  
2018/19 90 credits  
2019/20 (two terms) 60 credits  


BA (Hons)

2019/20 (one term-summer) 30 credits  
2020/21

90 credits



A list of modules can be found here.


Students may choose to take a break between the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) of up to five years

Student Funding

In this video, Rebecca Ayres, Senior Student Funding Advisor, explains funding options for Foundation Degrees in 2017/18


For further details on fees and funding please visit the student funding webpages.

Come and meet us

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of our current and past students to find out about their experiences studying here