education

Undergraduate

FdEd Early Childhood Studies

Learn to become an early-years or pre-school carer through in-work and expert-led learning on this foundation degree.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

2 years

UCAS code

X313

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Course overview

If you're a child-minder, a pre-school learning leader or an early-years practitioner, you'll benefit from the professional development opportunities that go hand-in-hand with this course. It's designed to meet the exact but changing needs of employers.

This foundation degree will help you build skills for the early childhood education and care sector, as well as providing an academic background and developing the attributes that employers value.

It will enable you to develop the skills, expertise and knowledge to apply for Initial Teacher Training or a range of other professional education routes.

Six reasons to study for a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Hull

  1. 98% graduate employability rating#
  2. 91% student satisfaction in this subject area
  3. Endorsed by industry body SEFDEY§
  4. Do part of your learning in your own workplace
  5. Combine work or placements with evening study
  6. Flexible learning methods including online study

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Academic Study Skills

    This module will introduce you to 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

    Discover the observational techniques for working with babies and young children. You'll carry out and evaluate observations of children relating to these child development concepts.

    Professional Reflective Practice: Listening to Young Children

    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. 

    Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Young Children

    Examine the legal and statutory framework in which early years settings operate, exploring issues relating to leadership, communication and multi-professional work. 

    Social Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Explore the current policies and research that pay special attention to the learning experiences of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Professional Reflective Practice: Learning Journeys

    Develop your skills in reflective learning on the practice of assessment and its purpose when working with babies and young children. 

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Approaches to Research in Early Childhood Studies

    This module introduces the methods you'll use for the research project in semester 2 - and for the dissertation, if you want to progress to the foundation degree top-up. 

    ​Children's Play and Creativity​

    Linking theory to practice, you'll analyse how adults influence the play environment and the inter-connections of toddlers and children's play behaviours and meaning-making.

    Professional Reflective Practice: Transitions

    Explore the impact of transitions on learning and development. You'll reflect on a specific element of early childhood practice and consider it in relation to the ecological context of child development.

    Action Research Project

    You’ll design a small-scale action research project (on a topic of your choice) which could be carried out in your normal work setting, preparing you for larger-scale research projects.

    Inclusive Strategies for Early Years

    Examine the need for inclusive education to explore strategies that enable 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

    On this module, you'll select a specific element which has emerged as an area of interest from your practice, and consider it in relation to alternative pedagogical approaches. 

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

480 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

540 hours

Placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

50%
50%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

480 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

540 hours

Placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

17%
76%
7%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Our teaching staff

  • Dr Andrew Holmes
    Lecturer
    Christine Trala
    Lecturer
    Kerrie Lee
    Lecturer in Education and Programme Director for BA Early Childhood Education and Care (Top up), and FdA Childhood Studies / FdEd Early Childhood Studies
  • Sarah Donkin
    Lecturer in Education and Childhood Studies

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Fees and funding

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

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

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International
  • International: Please contact the Faculty of Education for details: ces-ug-enquiries@hull.ac.uk

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Community, social or family support work
  • Early years practitioner
  • Supporting children with additional needs
  • Children’s services 
  • Community services 

Paid or voluntary placements are at the heart of this course, including options to study abroad. You'll be gaining invaluable real-world experience.

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#Percentage of students from the education and childhood studies subject area who are in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†National Student Survey 2019, HEIs

§This course has been endorsed by, and received a badge of excellence from, SEFDEY (Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years)