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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.

This video was filmed in 2019

Key facts

Starts: September 2020

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

Success stories

"Coming from an adverse background meant the traditional route to higher education was unattainable for me. The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood afforded me the ability to access higher education later in life which enabled me to progress both personally and professionally. It has shown my own children that nothing is impossible and has empowered me and given me the determination to make a difference in the lives of the children I work with."

Charlie, current student