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Queens University Belfast Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Queen's University Belfast

Level 5


The Foundation Degree will provide you with the opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of early years and related issues, enabling you to become a competent and well qualified Early Years Practitioner. The Foundation Degree will give you a nationally recognised qualification and evidence of your ability to work in the Early Years sector. You will also have the chance to articulate to Level 2 (Semester 2, Year 2) BA Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis and South West College, Omagh Campus.


Duration: Session dependent
Hours per Week: Session dependent
Total Hours: Session dependent
Day(s): Session dependent
Start Time: Session dependent
End Time: Session dependent

Additional Information

During your course you may be required to purchase course text books and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.

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Course Content

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as an Early Years Practitioner. The full-time course will be run over 2 years and will consist of 15 hours per week in College and 10 hours per week work placement. The part-time will be run over 3 years and will consist of 7.5 hours per week in College and a 10 hour per week work placement. You will study 12 modules in total for example: Shared Perspectives of the Young Child; Skills and Strategies for Managing Behaviour; Child Protection; Supporting Children with Additional Needs; Promoting Inclusion in the Early Years Environment; Language and Communications; Professional Practice; Learning Through Play; and Anti-Discriminatory Practice.

Assessment Method

Assessment methods include assignments, case studies, practical exercises, presentations, examinations and placement assessments.

Progression Opportunities

You may progress to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme, also offered at the Omagh Campus of SWC. Please note that progression to a postgraduate teaching qualification in Northern Ireland requires Learners to have GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above or specified equivalent qualifications. Part-time Learners applying must complete the following: ECS - Employment History, ECS - Reference and Application Form.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirement of Queens University Belfast including English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above (level 2 in Communication Skills is acceptable in lieu of GCSE grade C in English Language; however, level 2 Application of Number cannot be substituted for GCSE Mathematics) and one of the following: / BTEC Diploma in Early Years, NVQ Level 3 CCLD/two A Levels/equivalent. Access Course at 55%. Leaving Certificate English and Maths Grade D (Ordinary). Refer to general entry requirements. / 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. / 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. International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Further Information

Enhanced Access NI disclosure is required in the first and third year of the programme and costs £33. / During your course you may be required to purchase course text books and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year. Students are required to: / Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE). / Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted. / Pass* all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. / The minimum overall pass* mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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Course Costs

Total Fee Session dependent
Reduced Fee Session dependent

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Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 17 September 2018
Fee: £2,600.00
Places Available: 25
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