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Course Overview


The course offers you an opportunity to gain a BA 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 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.


Entry Requirements


Foundation Degree in Early Childhood or relevant subject area


Who is the programme for?


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


How does it work?


  • Research methodologies in early childhood – End of summer term of first year – 30 credits
  • International perspectives on early childhood – Autumn term – 30 credits
  • Research in early childhood – October to May – 60 credits


What are the benefits for me?


  • 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
  • Progress to further study, e.g. MA Education


How to apply


Applications for 2019 will open soon. Previously, applications have been made via paper applications and online.

  • Your progress on the Foundation Degree is considered
  • You attend an interview


Fees and Funding


Tuition fees for Home/EU Students in 2019-20 are as follows:

£4,620 (90 credits)

See Student fees and funding for more information and view potential additional fees. You can also download a copy of fee information for 2019-20 here.


Location and Times


Sessions take place at the University of Warwick on Monday evenings, 6pm to 9pm, and on four Saturdays, 9.30am to 4pm.


Further Information


The closing date for applications for this course is the 30 April 2019. The course will start on the 18 May 2019.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.



Why would I want to use this service?


There is no mandate or requirement to use the service, it is entirely voluntary.

The University is a large complex organisation, and not every idea originator has the time, access or skills necessary to take a raw idea and progress it through the various stakeholder groups. The Innovation Support service can help with that process.


Will you definitely help get my idea launched/accepted?



The Innovation Support service does not guarantee every idea will be implemented – in fact, the majority will not make it through to final implementation.

Most ideas make complete sense when considered in isolation, but often cannot take account of the complexities and practicalities of the full environment. Many ideas cannot overcome the challenges of real-world practicalities.

The Innovation Support service cannot guarantee every idea is accepted or implemented – however it can guarantee that ideas that generate sufficient positive support are fully considered and tested against realities. It will also attempt to develop ideas to overcome any obstacles identified. It cannot guarantee implementation, but it can guarantee full consideration.