Queen's University Belfast Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies

This course delivered in partnership with QUB and Stranmillis University College is suitable for those who wish to work in an Early Years setting. The course is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching and practical work placements. Both elements are a compulsory part of the course. There is a focus on helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for employment and professional development with the Early Years sector.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10665
Campus: Newtownards
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Early Years

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Course Structure

Course Structure:  These include topics such as: 

  • Child Development
  • Historical Overview
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Learning through Play
  • The Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills
  • Quality Provision in the Early Years
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Working with Children with Additional Needs
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years Environment
  • Science and Technology in the Early Years

Modules may be subject to change

Contact Hours per week

  • 6 hours class time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials. 

Personal Study

  • You will also be required to dedicate time for study and preparing assessments outside of your timetabled classes.

Work placement

  • Minimum 2 days per week across both semesters in an early years setting (0-8 years). 
  • You will be visited in setting by your Professional Practice tutor.

Applicants must satisfy the general University entry requirements as specified in the University Calendar of General Regulations, which includes GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a grade C in GCSE English Language, however Level 2 Application of Number cannot be substituted for GCSE Mathematics

And, at least one of the following:

A LEVEL

CC

 

BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA

MMM

 

CACHE EXTENDED DIPLOMA

Overall grade C – Children’s Care, Learning and Development

 

CITY & GUILDS

Level 3 Qualification CCLD

 

IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

H5H5H5H5 to include English and Mathematics

 

(a) Credit may be given to a maximum of 80 CATS points (4 modules at level 1). Credit transfer will not be permitted for study undertaken earlier than three years prior to entry.

(b) Candidates must demonstrate access to an appropriate setting (0-8 years);

Each Consortium College will take responsibility for vetting each student. An offer of a place on this course will be conditional until satisfactory completion of an Access NI criminal records check and if appropriate, a Social Services check.

In the event of over subscription to the course, and if you meet the entry requirements specified above, entrance requirements will be enhanced at shortlisting stage.

Please email registry@stran.ac.uk if you require further information on entry requirements or the admissions process for the Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies.

Assessment:

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

 

 

    On successful completion of the course, you will graduate from Queen's University Belfast with a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies. Those students who achieve the standard required by Stranmillis University College may be able to progress to Stage 2 of the full-time or part-time BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

    The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies is designed for those people who wish to pursue a career in childcare or health and education or who wish to progress to degree courses in Early Childhood Studies. Students who are currently employed in any early years setting will be able to use this as placement experience.

    You may be required to have an enhanced Access NI check completed which will cost £33.

    Course fees are payable on each year of the Programme.

    Queens University Belfast

    Course Structure:  These include topics such as: 

    • Child Development
    • Historical Overview Professional Practice 1
    • Learning through Play
    • The Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills
    • Quality Provision in the Early Years
    • Safeguarding Children
    • Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour
    • Professional Practice 2
    • Working with Children with Additional Needs
    • Anti-Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years
    • Environment Science and Technology in the Early Years

    Modules may be subject to change

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