University Centre Farnborough

Early Childhood Studies University Centre Farnborough Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Surrey


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Course summary

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This course has been designed to meet the needs of employers by including personal, practical and transferable skills, together with relevant knowledge and understanding of child development (birth to 8 years), how children learn and working with families, including behaviour and individual needs and safeguarding the child. The early years curriculum (foundation and key stage 1) is included, together with management studies in childcare and education.

Work-based experience is a key feature throughout the course, with one day per week spent in a placement, thus enabling students to experience a range of different settings. There is also a requirement to attend block placements for two to three weeks per year.

Course details


Level 4

  • Children's development and Learning
  • Children’s Rights, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years
  • Degree Study skills
  • Value of Play
  • Professional Skills in the Early Years
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning

These modules (at Level 4) provide students with the foundation knowledge and understanding in all key areas. The necessary practical skills are developed through the Observation, Assessment and Planning module and are practised in the weekly Placement

Level 5

  • Early Years Policy, Law and Services
  • Child Development, Observation and Early Years Practice
  • Parents, Partnership and Multi-Agency Working
  • Introduction to Research
  • Early Years Framework, Curriculum and Planning
  • Leadership and Management of Early Years Settings
  • Safeguarding the Child

The Level 5 programme further develops the knowledge and understanding gained in Year 1, with specialist modules in Early Years Framework, Curriculum and Planning and Safeguarding the Child. This forms important links with Parents, Partnership and Multi-Agency Working, a module which covers a range of issues from children and families under stress to inclusion, bilingualism and cultural diversity. The European dimension is included so that a comparison can be made with the curriculum opportunities throughout Europe Early Years Policy, Law and Services and Leadership and Management of Early Years Settings ensure that you will appreciate the context of relevant policies and legislation for this sector. Management techniques are explored and practised. A literature review is included as part of the Introduction to Research module. This provides you with the opportunity to research a topic of special interest and to produce a report, thus developing the skills required to progress onto an honours degree programme.

Assessment method

The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to progress to an Honours degree or further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • Assessed coursework / assignments
  • Literature reviews
  • Presentations
  • Professional development journals
  • Formal examinations
  • Project proposals
  • Case Studies

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 code X310
Institution code F66
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,000 Year 1
EU £8,000 Year 1
International £8,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University Centre Farnborough
Boundary Road
GU14 6SB

Course contact details

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Application Co-Ordinator

01252 407028

Fax: 01252 407041