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. During this time, you will be given the exciting opportunity to undertake an investigation into a topic relating to early childhood that you are passionate about, ultimately enabling you to make informed recommendations for future policy, research and practice. 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)
This module is a significant stepping-stone in your research journey with us. Drawing upon your own wisdom and passions relating to early childhood practice, you are supported to identify a suitable research question and to develop your methodology, some of the key components to designing research within this context. Additionally, ethical principles are a central part of this module and of our work with young children and you are given the opportunity to explore different ethical dilemmas relating to research with young children, which supports 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)
This module supports you to examine traditional and contemporary perspectives of childhood as well as global trends in early childhood practices across cultures and societies. You will explore and discuss particular factors such as gender, sustainability and poverty and view these through the lens of curricula and pedagogy, to ultimately enable you to reflect upon how and where your practice sits within a global context. Analysing how concepts such as play, inclusion, staffing and the environment 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)
This module presents you with an exciting opportunity to undertake an extensive investigation into a clearly defined early childhood topic that you are passionate about. Building upon your project proposal, you will demonstrate a developed understanding of ethics to enable you to conduct your own empirical investigation in order to make recommendations for future early childhood practice (your own and work place setting), policy and future research. It is at this point that you can work towards a named award which aligns and significantly develops your understanding of one module undertaken in year 3. Within this module, you are assigned your own Dissertation Supervisor, drawn from the Early Childhood Team, who will provide one-to-one support as you progress with your research.
Each module on the top-up degree takes account of key social and political developments and is also inspired and lead by early childhood research, ongoing feedback from our students, employers as well as external examiners. Particular content of modules may therefore occasionally be subject to change, in the interests of ensuring that contemporary contexts are reflected, and best practice continues to be drawn upon.
- 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
Applications for the academic year 2020/21 are now closed.
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 2021/22, sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings along with the following 2 Saturdays:
- Saturday 4 December 2021
- Saturday 5 February 2022
Please note that additional Saturday sessions may be offered, if necessary, throughout the CE339 module, but students will be advised of these in advance.
This video was filmed in 2019
Applications for 2020/21 are now closed
Length: One year part-time - October 2021-July 2022
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