Early Childhood Education and Care Foundation Degree

Canterbury Christ Church University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for. A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which: •provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject •offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study. This course is perfect if you already work with young children but have a thirst for knowledge in the subject of early childhood education and care. It will enable you to learn, gain a qualification and maintain your work alongside study. You’ll explore a variety of factors affecting childhood from different perspectives – including leadership, teaching, social action and parental input – and put these into practice through work-based learning. Taught by a team, including award-winning practitioners who are invested in and passionate about childcare, you will have the option of taking our BA Top-up and gaining a full honours degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Course details


For a list of core and likely optional modules, please visit our website.

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 codeX234
Institution code C10
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff A2 level (or equivalent Level 3 qualifications), GCSE English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). HLTA status may also be accepted as an L3 equivalent qualification. You may be asked to attend an interview. If you do not have English Language or Mathematics at GCSE grade C or above you will be required to take and pass the University Equivalency tests for entry onto this course. A minimum of 6 months experience of working with babies and/or young children (this can be cumulative) and you should be working in an early childhood education and care-related setting in a paid or voluntary basis for at least fifteen hours a week. Places are offered subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7050 Year 1
EU £7050 Year 1
England £7050 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7050 Year 1
Scotland £7050 Year 1
Wales £7050 Year 1
International £9910 Year 1

Additional fee information

This fee is for the foundation year only. The University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time undergraduate tuition fees mid-course in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament beyond the Teaching Excellence Framework 2 (TEF2). The University will publish information about the level of inflationary increase anticipated (in percentage terms) change on its website.
Early Childhood Education and Care Foundation Degree at Canterbury Christ Church University - UCAS