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Early Childhood


Our part-time Early Childhood Foundation Degree provides a unique blend of professional practice and academic rigor. It offers 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.

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 field. Our tutors aim to promote student empowerment and to support you in developing your personal, professional and academic identities.

You can progress to Honours level in the 3rd year of study, and achieve a BA (Hons) Early Childhood within 4 years. We are accredited Graduate Practitioner Competencies* from September 2022 — this means that upon graduating with BA Hons in Early Childhood with us, you will gain what the Department of Education terms as a 'Full and Relevant' level 3 practitioner status that will enable you to be counted in ratios in the Early Years sector.

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

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, please see Early Childhood Programmes.

Proud member of

ECSDN logo of AiMH The logo of SEFDEY (Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degrees in Early Years Professional Association) SEFDEY is a professional association intended to provide a ‘voice’ for early years and to endorse the quality of Foundation Degrees offered within the sector. The early years team from Warwick hold key roles within this organisation, Charlotte E Jones - Co-Chair. Maggie Crowley -West Midlands Regional Chair. SEFDEY hold annual conferences, carry out annual 'calls for student papers' and carry out research with students from the associated HEI's,  that provide links to a larger community of practice and research in the early years sector.

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Key facts

Starts: October 2022

Level: Foundation Degree

Length: Just under three years (8 terms) part-time


  • University of Warwick (evening study)
  • North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (daytime study)
Foundation Degree

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"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