Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Childhood Development & Learning with Foundation Year

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Course summary

The Early Childhood Development & Learning with Foundation Year BA (Hons) course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for building a career in early years provision. The strength of the course lies in preparing students, who are unable to follow the more traditional route onto a degree course in Early Childhood Development & Learning. Students who successfully complete their foundation year one will then progress onto the Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons). Success in this field demands creativity, empathy, logic and a great deal of knowledge alongside the ability to draw upon life experiences. As no two days are the same in this industry, this course focuses on policies, processes, best practices and practical learning to help you understand the key fundamentals of child development. Benefits include: • Opportunities to engage with students at other international universities and industry experts through initiatives like our Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project • Conduct critical research with our highly-experienced staff • Opportunity to take part in invaluable practical placements (if taking the Graduate Practitioner route) • Additional option to work towards obtaining Graduate Practitioner status in early childhood settings • Undertake an investigation into a topic relating to early childhood enabling you to make informed recommendations for future policy, research and practice • You are encouraged to draw on your own personal experience and make links between your study at university, your personal experience and your professional practice in the field of early childhood • You can explore a range of international perspectives on early childhood, which you can apply to your own research area


In the foundation year the main study themes are:

  • Skills for Professional Development
  • Psychology of Learning and Development
  • Health and Disease
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
During the Early Childhood Development & Learning degree part of the course, the main study themes in year one are: • Collaborative and Inclusive Relationships in Early Years Setting • Promoting Children’s Health, Wellbeing and Safety • The Child, the Family and the Community • Learning and Development Through Play Year Two • Early Years Pedagogy and Practice • Theoretical Perspectives on Child Development • Sustainability in the Early Years • Researching and Assessing Children and Families Final Year • International Perspectives of Childhood • Effective Leadership and Management of an Early Years Environment • Inclusion, Equality and Diversity • Research Project

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not have Level 3 (A-level or equivalent) qualifications. We can considered on an individual basis provided that you have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above including English and Mathematics plus two years relevant work experience. Your application will be considered on an individual basis and the application is reviewed as a whole, which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and Personal statement that outlines your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University Group.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

This course with foundation year is not currently available to international students. If you do not meet the entry requirements to directly join year 1 of the degree, please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.
Early Childhood Development & Learning with Foundation Year at Coventry University - UCAS