Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

FD Early Childhood Studies

Undergraduate                  FdA

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X313

What you'll study

The two years of full-time study involves learning within your workplace, with face-to-face evening classes and more flexible forms of learning, such as independent and online study - with a focus on what you do in your practice.

The actual study load varies, but you should expect to spend an average of 17 hours a week studying. There will be two Saturday sessions at the start of the course.

Assessment is by written assignments, group tasks, portfolio building, presentations, project work, examinations and online participation

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Academic Study Skills

  • Early Child Development-Theory into Practice

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Listening to Young Children

  • Safeguarding and Promoting the Well-being of Young Children

  • Social Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Learning Journeys

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Approaches to Research in Early Childhood Studies

  • Children's Play and Creativity

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Transitions

  • Action Research Project

  • Inclusive Strategies for Early Years

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Critical Reflection and Alternative Pedagogies

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

If you work as a child-minder, a pre-school learning leader or early-years practitioner, you will benefit from the professional development opportunities that go hand-in-hand with this Foundation degree. The programme is designed to answer the exact and changing needs of employers. Whether your role is paid or voluntary, your workplace provides the setting for much of your learning. Our programmes help you to understand the theories, values, policies and practices that underpin ‘education for all’.

This Foundation degree will provide you with the relevant skills applicable to the early childhood education and care sector as well as providing an academic background and developing the all-important attributes valued by today's employers. You will develop skills, expertise and knowledge that will enable you to apply for Initial Teacher Training or a range of other professional education routes.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

We want all our graduates to be able to confidently display ethical reasoning and action underpinned by a commitment to social justice and empathy. Ultimately, we hope you will graduate with a burning desire to continue your learning and development through further study, professional training and/or the world of work.

All of our courses recognise that you may wish to enter teaching or a similar profession on graduation. Throughout your degree you will develop skills, expertise and knowledge that will enable you to apply, with confidence, for Initial Teacher Training or a range of other professional education routes.