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Queen's University Belfast Foundation Degree In Early Childhood Studies

Course Code: C5147
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 16 Sep 19
End Date: 07 Jun 20

Applications to this course must be made through the UCAS system using code LX53 


This two year, full time course, validated by Stranmillis University College will consist of 2 days per week in College and 2 days per week in work placement.

About this course

This course has been designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and understanding of working with 0-8 year olds. This course focuses on the key theories, concepts and practical skills required to work with this age group in a variety of Early Years’ settings.

You will have the opportunity to study:

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

Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations and exams as well as placement reports.

A number of quality assurance processes are used to monitor the reliability of grading. This includes, marking by the tutor delivering the module, internal cross marking by another tutor in the college, cross college moderation by other Colleges delivering this qualification and moderation by an External Examiner.

Career Opportunities / Progression

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree at a required level will allow you to apply to the BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis University College, Belfast creating a pathway in to Year 2 of this programme on a full or part time basis.

If you wish to progress to a teaching qualification in Northern Ireland, you must have GCSE English, Maths, Science at Grade C or above or specified equivalent qualifications.

Entry Requirements

You must have four GCSEs Grades A-C, including English and Maths or equivalent approved qualifications, and one of the following: Either BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Early Years, CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in CCLD, an appropriate NVQ Level 3 qualification or two A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

The offer of a place on this course will be conditional upon satisfactory completion of an Access NI Criminal Records check and if appropriate a Social Services check.

This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.  


Tuition Fee


All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Contact Information

School Administrator, Tel: 028 9026 5448 or email: [email protected]