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2 years

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Canterbury, Medway
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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.

Why Study a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care?

The early years workforce requires highly qualified and motivated graduates with knowledge and understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of working with young children and their families, as well as an appreciation of the importance of quality partnerships with parents and other agencies.

On this course, you'll build skills, knowledge and understanding of theories, issues and practice relating to early childhood education and care to help you develop your own practice.

On successful completion of the course, you'll be equipped with new personal and professional skills and experience, enabling you to forge a career working in a wide range of roles supporting children and families. You'll also be able to continue your studies by taking the BA Top-up and gaining a full honours degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Entry requirements

GCSE English language grade C (or equivalent)

If you do not have English language at GCSE grade C or above you will be required to take and pass the University Equivalency tests for entry onto this course.

You must be working (employed or voluntary) in a relevant setting for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Current DBS is required.

More information about entry requirements.

All about the course

During the course, you'll study theory and research drawn from an interdisciplinary perspective. This could include the fields of education, health and welfare, sociology, psychology, geography, history, children’s rights, law and justice, political and economic science, anthropology, social policy and philosophy.

You'll examine the socio-cultural perspective of children, families and their wider communities, exploring how children’s development and learning is inter-related culturally and biologically.


Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

This course consists of two years of study. Year 1 requires a pass to proceed into Year 2. 

You will typically attend University one day per week (9am-4pm) plus up to six academic Saturdays per year. Each year, you will complete six 20 credit modules.

Teaching and learning may include, but not be limited to lectures, seminars, workshop, personalised tutorials, guided learning, independent study and blended learning.

The teaching strategies and learning experiences reflect an increasing proportion of individualised and self-directed learning approaches.

The teaching team includes lecturers, senior lecturers, programme directors and module leaders. Many staff also pursue their own continuing education, from masters degrees to doctorates and PhDs, as well as pursuing their own research interests.

Staff come from a range of professional backgrounds including education, social care, health, psychology, local authorities, the third sector, commissioning services, charities and other agencies. They provide a multidisciplinary and dynamic learning environment that includes specialist knowledge in the field.

All academics have a recognised teaching qualification for higher education and fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards these.

Early Childhood Education and Care is an innovative course for those working in early years, designed to fit around the needs of your job. We work with you to develop your skills as both a carer, and an educator.

Clair StevensProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Each assignment combines an academic component and reflection on work based learning. For example:

  • case studies
  • reports
  • reflective commentaries on focused observations
  • essays
  • presentations
  • appraisal of professional practice
  • analysis of issues which arise from work experience, reading or seminars
  • self-evaluations
  • examinations
  • pedagogical documentation
  • artefacts.

Your future career

Many foundation degree students will go on to complete the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care. From there they may apply for postgraduate routes into teaching and/or social work. 

My career plans are to continue my love for the early years sector and this course will enable me to develop my knowledge and skills further with the goal being to become a teacher after completing the necessary qualifications.

AngelaEarly Childhood Education and Care student


Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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2 years

UCAS code:



Canterbury, Medway
Apply via UCAS

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