New College Durham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Early Childhood Studies

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Course summary

TEF Silver

New College Durham has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This programme builds on and consolidates existing knowledge, understanding and skills of working with children, strengthening the links between theory and practice. The aim is to facilitate professional development and career choices encouraging intellectual capabilities, reflection and analytical skills specifically related to the pedagogy of childhood.

Course details


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 codeL515
Institution code N28
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff All applicants must: Hold a Level 5 qualification (FdA/HND) in an Early Years related discipline – or the international equivalent of 120 ECTS Credits. External applicants must be interviewed (international applicants via internet/email respectively). Hold Level 2 or equivalent in English Language (or a minimum IELTS score of 7 with no element below 6.5 in all components; speaking, listening, reading and writing required for international applicants, additionally a formative written piece of work may be requested during the application process). Hold Level 2 or equivalent in Maths. Hold a Clear Enhanced DBS. Provide evidence of appropriate current early years/education employment and/or volunteering experience within the sector. This must be verified by the organisation manager or head teacher.

Non-standard entry criteria: Evidence of recent and extensive early years experience. All applicants with non-standard criteria must be interviewed. Level 2 or equivalent in English Language (or a minimum IELTS score of 7 with no element below 6.5 in all components; speaking, listening, reading and writing required for international applicants, additionally a formative written piece of work may be requested during the application process). Level 2 or equivalent in Maths. Clear Enhanced DBS. Evidence of appropriate current early years/education employment and/or volunteering experience within the sector.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Childhood Studies at New College Durham - UCAS