University of Hull

Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Childhood Studies (Foundation Degree)

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Course summary

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Learn to become an early-years or pre-school carer through in-work and expert-led learning. 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 foundation degree. The course is designed to meet the exact but changing needs of employers.

  • 98% of our educational studies students are in work or further study six months after 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)
  • Develop the skills, expertise and knowledge to apply for Initial Teacher Training or a range of other professional education routes
  • Your workplace provides the setting for much of your learning, whether your role's paid or voluntary
  • This course has been endorsed by and received a badge of excellence through SEFDEY (Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years)
This foundation degree will help you build the skills relevant to the early childhood education and care sector, as well as providing an academic background and developing the attributes that employers value. Official Team GB partners Did you know that the University of Hull is the official University Partner of Team GB? Our united belief is that anyone, with the right opportunities ahead and a dedicated team behind, can achieve extraordinary things. This is what our partnership with Team GB is built on. Extraordinary is in you – and we’ll help you find it. What does this mean for you? It means that whether you’re studying sports science, or marketing, or logistics, or healthcare, or engineering, you’ll be able to gain invaluable experience through this unique partnership. We are working with Team GB to create opportunities for volunteering and work experience, to get involved with meet-and-greet sessions with Olympians, host on-campus talks from guest speakers and so much more. Some of our students recently helped Team GB athletes get their kit ready to compete in preparation for the Minsk 2019 European Games. It’s an extraordinary partnership, and you won’t find it anywhere else. Find out more at

Course details


Year 1 Compulsory modules Academic Study Skills Early Child Development: Theory into Practice Professional Reflective Practice: Listening to Young Children Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Young Children Social Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care Professional Reflective Practice: Learning Journeys Year 2 Compulsory 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 All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a combination of written, practical and coursework assessments throughout your degree. Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests. Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work. Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX313
Institution code H72
Campus nameThe University of Hull
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

QualificationOfferFurther information

Two years (minimum) childcare experience

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University please visit
Institution's Own Test60% overall (with minimum 55% in each skill)

Please click below for a list of the English language qualifications we accept.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7195 Year 1
England £7195 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7195 Year 1
Scotland £7195 Year 1
Wales £7195 Year 1
Channel Islands £7195 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Early Childhood Studies (Foundation Degree) at University of Hull - UCAS