FOUNDATION DEGREE EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES

Entry Year
2020
Entry requirements
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Duration
2 years (full-time) or 3 years (part-time)
UCAS Code
LX53 (full-time)
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The Foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies is designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and understanding of working with 0-8 year olds, the Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree focuses on the key theories, concepts and application of working practices and skills required to work with this age group in a variety of Early Years settings. A varied programme of professional placements complement and support your classroom learning.

earlyThe Foundation Degree can be studied full-time (2 years) or part-time (3 years) depending on location. Applications to the full-time degree are made through UCAS via the APPLY NOW button above. Applications to the part-time degree are made directly to the relevant Regional College. Graduates who achieve the desired academic standard may be eligible for progression to year 2 of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree [full-time or part-time] at Stranmillis University College.

The course is available at:

  • South West College – Omagh
  • Southern Regional College – Newry
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • South Eastern Regional College – Lisburn
  • Northern Regional College – Ballymena
  • Northern Regional College – Newtownabbey
  • North West Regional College – Londonderry / Derry

For further information, please contact your nearest Regional College.

How will I study?

In addition to lectures, tutorials, workshops and individual/group projects, you will undertake a period of work placement.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of experienced practitioners both in College and whilst on placement.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations and exams as well as placement reports.

 

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The modules below illustrate the current curriculum available over the 2 or 3 year Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies degree. However, courses are subject to change.

  • Child Development
  • Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills
  • Learning through Play
  • Quality Provision in Early Years
  • Historical Overview of the Development of Early Years Provision
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour
  • Working with Children with Additional Needs
  • Anti Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years Environment
  • Working with Babies 0-3 Years
  • Science and Technology in the Early Years

ecs earlyFor further details and information on the programme structure, please click on the regional college Early Childhood Studies pages below:

South West College
Southern Regional College
Belfast Metropolitan College
South Eastern Regional College 
Northern Regional College  
North West Regional College

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Applicants should be aware that applications for the full-time Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies are made via UCAS. Applications for the part-time option should be made directly to the Regional College. 

GCSE requirements

Grade C or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent approved qualifications  (Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a grade C in GCSE English Language, however Level 2 Application of Number cannot be substituted for GCSE Mathematics)

A Level

CC

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM – Not all BTEC Extended Diplomas are considered, please check with Academic Registry.

CACHE Extended Diploma

Overall grade C – Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Irish leaving certificate requirements

H4H4H4H4H4 to include English and Mathematics

Please email registry@stran.ac.uk if you require further information on entry requirements or the admissions process for the Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies.

 

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Successful completion of the Foundation Degree at a required level will allow you to apply to the BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis University College, creating a pathway in to Year 2 of this programme on a full or part-time basis.

An Early Childhood Studies degree provides the essential knowledge and experience for those working with young children in a variety of establishments including:

Early Years Organisations
Nursery and Primary Schools 
Centres Associated With The Early Years Organisation
Toy and Book Libraries
Creches
Parent and Toddler Groups
Childcare And Family Centres

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those fees quoted below are for students commencing study in 2019-20 and are dependent on the ‘residency’ status of each student as determined by their Local Education Authority.

Northern Ireland £2,740

For further information on fees and payments, please click here.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, if students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Enhanced AccessNI checks are made directly with the individual Colleges.

Bursaries and Financial Support
Stranmillis offers a number of bursaries and can provide financial support to students who meet certain criteria. For further information on available support, please click here.

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On the Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree, the aim of Stranmillis University College and our Regional College partners is to deliver the highest quality teaching and learning environment to enable you to achieve your full academic potential and develop outstanding workplace competence.

Course image

The Foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies is designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and understanding of working with 0-8 year olds, the Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree focuses on the key theories, concepts and application of working practices and skills required to work with this age group in a variety of Early Years settings. A varied programme of professional placements complement and support your classroom learning.

earlyThe Foundation Degree can be studied full-time (2 years) or part-time (3 years) depending on location. Applications to the full-time degree are made through UCAS via the APPLY NOW button above. Applications to the part-time degree are made directly to the relevant Regional College. Graduates who achieve the desired academic standard may be eligible for progression to year 2 of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree [full-time or part-time] at Stranmillis University College.

The course is available at:

  • South West College – Omagh
  • Southern Regional College – Newry
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • South Eastern Regional College – Lisburn
  • Northern Regional College – Ballymena
  • Northern Regional College – Newtownabbey
  • North West Regional College – Londonderry / Derry

For further information, please contact your nearest Regional College.

How will I study?

In addition to lectures, tutorials, workshops and individual/group projects, you will undertake a period of work placement.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of experienced practitioners both in College and whilst on placement.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations and exams as well as placement reports.

 

Course image

The modules below illustrate the current curriculum available over the 2 or 3 year Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies degree. However, courses are subject to change.

  • Child Development
  • Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills
  • Learning through Play
  • Quality Provision in Early Years
  • Historical Overview of the Development of Early Years Provision
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour
  • Working with Children with Additional Needs
  • Anti Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years Environment
  • Working with Babies 0-3 Years
  • Science and Technology in the Early Years

ecs earlyFor further details and information on the programme structure, please click on the regional college Early Childhood Studies pages below:

South West College
Southern Regional College
Belfast Metropolitan College
South Eastern Regional College 
Northern Regional College  
North West Regional College

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Applicants should be aware that applications for the full-time Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies are made via UCAS. Applications for the part-time option should be made directly to the Regional College. 

GCSE requirements

Grade C or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent approved qualifications  (Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a grade C in GCSE English Language, however Level 2 Application of Number cannot be substituted for GCSE Mathematics)

A Level

CC

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM – Not all BTEC Extended Diplomas are considered, please check with Academic Registry.

CACHE Extended Diploma

Overall grade C – Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Irish leaving certificate requirements

H4H4H4H4H4 to include English and Mathematics

Please email registry@stran.ac.uk if you require further information on entry requirements or the admissions process for the Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies.

 

Course image

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree at a required level will allow you to apply to the BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis University College, creating a pathway in to Year 2 of this programme on a full or part-time basis.

An Early Childhood Studies degree provides the essential knowledge and experience for those working with young children in a variety of establishments including:

Early Years Organisations
Nursery and Primary Schools 
Centres Associated With The Early Years Organisation
Toy and Book Libraries
Creches
Parent and Toddler Groups
Childcare And Family Centres

Course image

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those fees quoted below are for students commencing study in 2019-20 and are dependent on the ‘residency’ status of each student as determined by their Local Education Authority.

Northern Ireland £2,740

For further information on fees and payments, please click here.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, if students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Enhanced AccessNI checks are made directly with the individual Colleges.

Bursaries and Financial Support
Stranmillis offers a number of bursaries and can provide financial support to students who meet certain criteria. For further information on available support, please click here.

Course image

On the Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree, the aim of Stranmillis University College and our Regional College partners is to deliver the highest quality teaching and learning environment to enable you to achieve your full academic potential and develop outstanding workplace competence.

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