Our early childhood programme offers you the chance to combine your study with work and family commitments. Students can progress from the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood to achieve a BA (Hons) Early Childhood.
The course offers you an opportunity to gain a BA (Hons) Early Childhood in just over a year, from the summer term in the first academic year to the end of the summer term the following academic year. You will be able to study for the award while you work, part or full-time. You learn how to carry out research in early childhood and are supported to do a piece of research on a topic that interests you and present your findings to different audiences, including your peers. You have the option to specialise in a particular area to gain a named award, i.e. a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability, or Leadership and you will also explore a range of international perspectives on early childhood, which you can apply to your own research area. You are encouraged to draw on your own personal experience and make links between your study at university, your personal experience and your professional practice in the field of early childhood.
Once you have successfully completed your University of Warwick Foundation Degree in Early Childhood you can progress onto the BA (Hons).
The programme is for people working in private or public contexts with responsibility for young children and families, including
- Early years practitioners in childminder, private, voluntary and independent settings
- Teaching and learning support assistants, classroom assistants and early years educators working in schools and other educational settings
- Health workers, parents and grandparents involved in supporting children's learning, welfare and development
You will study the following modules:
Research methodologies in early childhood (30 credits)
Identifying a suitable research question and developing a matching methodology is an interesting but challenging task for new researchers in education. Building on Researching Early Childhood, in year 2, this module guides you through the process of research, based in the realities of early childhood. The opportunity to explore your thinking and develop your ideas, enable you to begin the dissertation stage of your degree, with a particular focus on methodologies and ethical considerations.
Early childhood in a global context (30 credits)
Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is a comprehensive global agenda aimed at combating educational and societal inequalities. By examining traditional and contemporary views of childhood across cultures and societies, factors such as socio-culture, gender and sustainability, and how these influence early childhood care, curricula and pedagogy, enable you to reflect upon how and where your practice sits within a global agenda. Analysing similarities and differences towards Early Childhood policy and practice in England and other nation states, along with considering concepts such as play, inclusion, staffing and the environment, and how these are viewed and prioritised within different international contexts, supports you in developing an appreciation of the importance of global perspectives for all early years’ practitioners.
Early childhood investigation (60 credits)
At the culmination of your BA studies there will be the opportunity to undertake extensive investigation of one clearly defined topic of relevance to current practice as an early years’ practitioner. Building upon your project proposal, you will demonstrate a developed understanding of ethics to enable you conduct your own empirical investigation and extensive evaluation of relevant literature, in order to make recommendation for future early childhood practice (your own and work place setting). It is at this point that you can work towards a named award which aligns, but significantly develops your understanding of one module undertaken in year 3.
- Achieve a University of Warwick degree
- Gain knowledge and understanding of early childhood
- Build self-confidence as a scholar and professional
- Have the opportunity to apply to teacher training programmes
Tuition fees for Home/EU Students in 2020-21 are as follows:
£6,160 (120 credits)
The University of Warwick is not currently sponsoring students on part time or distance learning courses with a Tier 4 visa and so if you require a visa to study a part time/distance learning course in the UK which is longer than 6 months, you may wish to consult the 'right to study' page on our Student Immigration & Compliance website: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/international/immigration/othervisas/whatvisa before you make an application.
For 2020/21, sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings along with the following 3 Saturdays:
- Saturday 28 November 2020
- Saturday 6 February 2021
- Saturday 13 March 2021
This video was filmed in 2019
Length: One year part-time - October 2020-July 2021
Venue: The University of Warwick
"Warwick has an amazing body of staff who are always ready and willing to answer any questions you might have. From day one of the induction evening, expectations were clearly set out and we were signposted to any resources we might need and although the campus was a little intimidating at first, I think we all soon began to feel confident in our surroundings."Faye, 2020 graduate