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Course summary

Our foundation degrees are equivalent to studying the first two years of an honours degree, but unlike traditional degrees they have more flexible entry requirements and allow you to achieve a Foundation degree after just two years. Created in collaboration with employers, they combine academic study with developing the skills and attributes needed in the workplace. It makes them ideal preparation for a specific profession or industry or for making progress in your existing career. You can always convert to a full honours degree by taking a Level 6 programme on completion. If you already work with children from 0-8 years or wish to start this course is right for you. This is a full-time programme but your are only expected to attend UCWISE for one day per week and work in either voluntary or paid work for two and half days. This contemporary and inclusive foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies supports you to develop expert knowledge of child development. Professionally relevant, the course combines in-depth academic study with meaningful practical application for children ranging from 0-8 years old. You will collaborate with others, follow independent lines of enquiry, and draw on professionals’ and lecturers’ experience to develop your knowledge and skills. The first year, provides underpinning knowledge in a range of areas, including reflective practice, sociology of education, SEND, strategies to engage young minds importance of effective communication and partnership working. The second year encourages a more detailed understanding of contemporary topics and allows you to investigate issues that you are passionate about. You will look academically at theories of learning and development, consider international perspectives, and draw on current debates within education. During the course, you will gain a strong core of knowledge in psychology, sociology, and the holistic development of children. It is a highly engaging course taught through lectures, collaborative and independent study, and events with the university, and offers a uniquely supportive and challenging learning environment. To complete the course successfully, students studying this Degree will be required to be in paid or voluntary work for at least two and a half days per week or equivalent (16 hours). Part time routes are available. For more information, please email [email protected] GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES: • Nursery Manager • Nursery Supervisor • Higher Level Teaching Assistant • Working within the charity sector


Level 4 Modules Sociology of Childhood  Promoting the Characteristics of Effective Learning: communication, language and literacy  The Developing Child  Partnership Working: diversity, inclusion and children’s safety   Reflective Practice: academic, interpersonal and professional development  Level 5 Modules Children’s Wellbeing and Behaviour  Reflective Practice: leadership in the Primary Curriculum  Observing and Assessing Children  Contrasting Curriculums  Contemporary Issues in Childcare and Education

Assessment method

Coursework, Practical assignments and presentations

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

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University Centre WISE (UCWISE)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications. You will need to take the following English qualification as part of the Visa process: IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for your tuition fees and your living costs. Please follow this link for more details about your visa requirements:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. SGS welcomes interest from mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. If English isn't your first language you will need to undertake an IELTS qualification achieving an overall grade of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent) GSCE requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade C or 4.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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English language requirements

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Childhood Studies at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS