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Early Childhood Studies

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

Typical offer DD (48 UCAS points) in early years or child care and education.

Total of 60 credits (Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2) from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

A minimum of 15 points at higher level and 4 points from English and Mathematics at standard level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

In an early years or child care and education subject.

UCAS Tariff

48

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Early childhood studies

**Why study this course?**

The Early Childhood Studies FdA course combines practical and college-based learning, helping you to develop expert skills and knowledge in all aspects of working with young children. Touching on academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education, you'll also receive advice and guidance from a mentor during practical work experience.

With this combination of theory and professional practice, you can be assured that the foundation degree is focused on teaching you the skills employers demand.

**More about this course**

This foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies has been developed to meet the needs of qualified early years practitioners working with children and families across all fields of the early years sector, including play, care, health and education.

Both local and international perspectives on early childhood will inform your studies. The course teachers will draw on disciplines including psychology, sociology, social policy, education and health, while specific topics covered will include children’s rights, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion.

You’ll build on your previous experience in the early years sector and undertake training with guidance from a mentor at work. Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become a senior practitioner, leader and manager of early childhood environments.

You'll study this course at our partner institution New City College at their Hackney campus. See the Teaching Locations section for further information.

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Studies FdA will enable you to continue onto the Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons).

Modules

Example Year 1 modules:

Adults and Children as Learners
Perspectives on Children’s Development
Understanding Play
Safeguarding Children’s Health and Wellbeing

Example Year 2 modules:

Challenging Inequalities in Early Childhood
Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters
Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
Communicating in Multilingual Contexts

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through a variety of methods over the two years of study, including essays, reports, oral presentations, observations, reflective journals and an online discussion forum.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,200
per year
International
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

New City College

Department:

Health, Social Care and Early Childhood

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Early childhood studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Childhood and youth studies

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
2%
Male students
98%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
28%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health and social care

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,800
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Health and social care

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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