Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

FD Early Childhood Studies


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

    This module will introduce you the challenges and strategies related to effective learning. It will support you in developing appropriate skills for managing time and organising work. Throughout the module, several key questions will be addressed: How do I reference accurately? What is a valid source of information? How do I present information to others in a way that they will find interesting? What is plagiarism?

  • Early Child Development: Theory into Practice

    Explore the factors and theoretical concepts that influence early child development. You'll also be introduced to different observational techniques that can be used when working with babies and young children. Over the semester, you will carry out and evaluate observations of children relating to these child development concepts.

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Listening to Young Children

    Develop professional skills in reflective learning. This module is focused on the concept of listening to babies' and young children's voices and behaviours, as they become aware of their own agency and independence. The module will enable you to develop skills in autonomy and interpretation of policy in relation to practice.

  • Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Young Children

    An understanding of the legal and statutory framework in relation to safeguarding is vital for anyone working with children. This module focuses on the legal and statutory framework in which early years settings operate and explores issues relating to leadership, communication and multi-professional work.

  • Social Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Explore the current policies and research which pay special attention to the learning experiences of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a focus on educational as well as on non-educational settings across early childhood education and care.

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Learning Journeys

    Develop your professional skills in reflective learning on the concept of listening to babies' and young children's voices and behaviours as they become aware of their own agency and independence. The module requires you to develop skills in autonomy and interpretation of policy in relation to practice.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Approaches to Research in Early Childhood Studies

    This module introduces research by requiring you to design a small scale action research project which could be carried out within your normal work setting. It provides an introduction to research and research methods that you will use for the research project in semester 2, and for the dissertation for those who wish to progress to the Foundation Degree Top-Up.

  • Children's Play and Creativity

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Transitions

    Explore the impact of transitions on learning and development. You will develop skills in critical reflection and professional skills of autonomy, decision-making and independence. The module requires you to reflect on a specific element of early childhood practice and consider this in relation to the ecological context of child development.

  • Action Research Project

  • Inclusive Strategies for Early Years

    Explore the arguments for inclusive education that rest on notions of equality and human rights. You will reflect on the need for inclusive education to explore a wide range of strategies that enables all babies and young children to learn, from hands-on activities to the use of information technology.

  • Professional Reflective Practice: Critical Reflection and Alternative Pedagogies

    Develop professional skills of autonomy, decision making and independence. The module requires you to select a specific element of practice, which has emerged as an area of interest from your practice, and consider this in relation to alternative pedagogical approaches.

“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

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application
  • Applicants should usually hold GCSE Grade A-C English qualification, or equivalent.

We welcome applicants of all ages, and we take into account life experiences as well as professional qualifications and awards. We do not ask for specific qualifications but look instead for motivation, a minimum of two years of childcare experience and evidence that you will be able to succeed in study at degree level.

A telephone interview will be arranged with the Programme Director once your application has been received. Each application is considered on its own merits. You need to be confident that you can meet the demands of an undergraduate course, including the challenge of writing extended essays and reports. If you have any doubts, you can arrange for an advisory interview with the Programme Director prior to application. You must include a personal reference as part of your application.

It is essential to develop some level of ICT skills prior to starting, to support the programme's online learning. The University requires evidence from your employer that you have a current satisfactory DBS disclosure.

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

  • Home/EU: £7,195
  • Home/EU (part-time): £1,200 (20 credits), £3,600 (60 credits), £4,795 (80 credits) 

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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.