Course Information

Queens University Belfast Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Queen's University Belfast

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Day: Subject to Timetable
Time: 09:00–17:00
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 450
Fee: 2600
Places Available: 0
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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.

Additional Information

Enhanced Access NI disclosure is required 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.

Terms & Conditions

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.
  • The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as an Early Years Practitioner.

    Optional Modules

    You will study one optional module in each academic year. These are:

  • Shared Perspectives of the Young Child
  • and Working with Babies
  • 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.

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must meet the general requirement of Queen’s University Belfast. English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above are required (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 Maths) 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.