Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS

Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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We're ranked 3rd in the UK for our undergraduate Education programmes, including BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year (Guardian League Tables 2020) You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BA degree. So although you apply to study a BA in a specific course – in this case BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year. This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category Society, Childhood and Education; it allows you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best. You will be assessed for progression on to your second year, which would be the first year of your BA-level degree. With the wellbeing and rights of babies and young children at its centre, our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme provides you with a range of teaching and learning experiences so that you can contribute to a changing society, particularly within the field of Early Childhood (babies and young children from birth to 5). This course provides placement opportunities throughout and presents many rewarding opportunities for you to explore once you have graduated in many different institutions, such as schools, nurseries and charities.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Course codeX32F
Institution code B25
Campus nameCity South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus codeE

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level CDD Two A levels can be combined with up to two AS levels, A levels can be combined with BTEC and OCR Level 3 qualifications up to a maximum of four A level equivalent qualifications totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Preferably in a relevant subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass including a minimum of 18 credits with merits or distinctions Preferably in a relevant subject GCSE English language and mathematics at 4 or above also required
Scottish Higher CCCD Can be combined with Scottish Advanced Highers to obtain 80 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of four subjects.
AS Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Can be combined with A levels, AS levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications up to a maximum of four A level equivalent qualifications totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points. Preferably in a relevant subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least two full A levels totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points from the IB overall Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis At least one Higher Level subject with grade 4 or above from Group 4 or 3 AND Grade 4 in Maths (Standard Level) And English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5
Extended Project Only in combination with other qualifications In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least two full A levels totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Any combination of results including five passes at Higher level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) C or above English language, maths and two further subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 grade 4 or above English language, maths and two further subjects GCSE English language or mathematics equivalence available via www.equivalencytesting.com
HNC (BTEC) Minimum 55% In a relevant subject at tutor's discretion Entry to year two
HND (BTEC) Minimum 60% In a relevant subject at tutor's discretion Entry to year three, entry to year two may be considered with a lower grade
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP Preferably in a relevant subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Preferably in a relevant subject Can be combined with A levels, AS levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications up to a maximum of four A level equivalent qualifications totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Only in combination with other qualifications In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Only in combination with other qualifications In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Only in combination with other qualifications In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.

More about foundation year programmes By studying a foundation year in either Health and Life Sciences, Children, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme. You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree. So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course – for example, Children’s Nursing, Health Studies, Midwifery among many of possible options – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year. This flexibility is one of the great things about foundation year categories (Health and Life Sciences, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science), allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best. Important Note: Upon completion of your Foundation Year, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/foundation-early-childhood-studies-2019-20


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS