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 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. You 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. You also explore a range of international perspectives on early childhood, which you can apply to your own research area. You are encouraged to 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 Foundation Degree in Early Childhood you can progress onto the BA (Hons). We also welcome applications from students who have completed their Foundation Degree in Early Childhood or relevant subject area at another institution.
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 below range of modules in your fourth year
Research methodologies in early childhood
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
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
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
For 2019/20, sessions take place at the University of Warwick as follows:
- Saturday 18 May 2019
- Monday 3 June 2019
- Saturday 8 June 2019
- Monday 10 June 2019
- Saturday 15 June 2019
- Monday 17 June 2019
- Saturday 22 June 2019
- Monday 24 June 2019
Session dates for 2020/21 will be added shortly
This video was filmed in 2019
Length: One year Part-time - March 2020-June 2021
Venue: The University of Warwick
"The positives of joining as an adult learner are, you really know what you want. I really didn't know this is what I wanted to do when I was leaving school. But now this is definitely the field I need to be in.."Clare, Current Student