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Early Childhood

Our part-time Early Childhood Foundation Degree provides a unique opportunity to bring together the components of your individual and professional identity, with your own inner wisdom and experiences of engaging with young children. Our aim as tutors is to promote student empowerment and to support you in developing your personal, professional and academic identities.

You will be taught by a highly experienced and passionate teaching team, who are actively involved in early childhood research, and who have their own subject specialisms and expertise within the early childhood field.

The Foundation Degree will help you to develop a range of academic, professional key skills and builds upon 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 rigor, 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.

This course contains face-to-face elements. We welcome applications from anyone who will be able to commit to these sessions.

Our Early Childhood students who wish to progress into teaching are supported by the Centre for Lifelong and the University. Students are guaranteed an interview for the Early Years or Primary Core (university-led) PGCE courses delivered in the Centre for Teacher Education as long as they achieve the entry requirements of the programme.


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.

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Key facts

Starts: October 2022

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 (evening study) and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (daytime study)

Foundation Degree

Success stories

"The lecturers were very knowledgeable and extremely adaptable to our learning needs, understanding our work and family commitments and respecting our multi-disciplinary backgrounds and incorporating our individual knowledge and experience into our learning. I found this shared knowledge a valuable resource in my own learning journey."

Charlie, 2020 graduate