University Centre Grimsby (incorporating Scarborough TEC)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

Early Childhood Studies

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Course summary

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This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the Campus is closed TEC Partnership will continue to deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. This Foundation Degree will provide those already working or wishing to work with young children in different fields with an opportunity to develop their career and knowledge within a network of local provision. The students will recognise and champion the uniqueness of every child by exploring the key factors that affect them and their families. This course will enable students to gain a whole-child perspective, draw on several different disciplines and use the latest research to explore how children grow and develop, learn through play and how government legislation and policy affects children rights, welfare, education. Students will be able to understand and analyse the processes that shape childhood and children’s lives. The knowledge and understanding students acquire at level 4 becomes the foundation for future progress as an early year’s practitioner. Students are introduced to theoretical perspectives and investigate the contemporary landscape and changing nature of the early years’ sector. A progression to level 5 study will focus on the impact that current legislation and the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) has on children’s care and education. The role and importance of research within early education is paramount and the students will be able to investigate how published research influences policy makers and their practices. Our staff come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and have strong links to the local provision as well as international practices, adding value and depth to the course including preparing students to gain employability within the sector and providing a high level of placement support. Students will experience professional work through child-centred and innovative placements, such as educational organisations, community settings and children’s charities. Students will record, reflect and monitor their growing and individual professional expertise to tailor their own career and academic progression. Learning on this programme is holistic, students will be encouraged to collaborate with their peers and colleagues. Taught seminars and lectures focus on interactive discussion and debate focused on the development of a professional dialogue

Course details


Level 4 Study and Research Skills Safeguarding Children Personal and Professional Development Young Children’s Learning and Development Planning for Effective Learning Enabling Environment Level 5 Personal Development, Transformation and Empowerment International Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum Collaborative Working Inclusive Practice Practical Approach to Research Mental Health and Well Being

Assessment method

Essay Report Individual Presentation Group Presentation Reflection Portfolio Secondary Research Primary Research Poster Presentation Literature Review

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For those students who intend to become Early Years Educators, it is important to note that due to Governmental changes, GCSE Maths and English will be compulsory at grade C/grade 4 or above. These students will be counselled individually via interview. In line with the widening participation brief, the Institute encourages applications from those who lack academic qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed, set a 1500 word essay and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week. DBS Certificate will be required at a cost of £44.
Early Childhood Studies at University Centre Grimsby (incorporating Scarborough TEC) - UCAS