Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year (BA (Hons))

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year at University of Derby

Interested in our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies but worried that you don't have the formal qualifications you need? We now offer the degree with a foundation year so that you can enjoy all the benefits of this distinctive course and achieve your full honours degree in four years.

  • Start at foundation year stage if you have the ability and ambition to study for a degree but don't meet the formal entry requirements to apply for the full honours degree
  • 96% of Derby graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing a full-time degree. (HESA, 2016)
  • Progress to a career where you can make a genuine and lasting difference to children's lives: this course is an excellent foundation for fulfilling roles in health, education and social care
  • Discover how children develop, learn and think from birth to eight years, gaining the professional skills and knowledge to meet their needs
  • From stage one onwards, you'll undertake a work placement for one or two days each week to gain valuable practical experience working with young children
  • You'll have the opportunity to apply for a place on a four-week international placement at a school in Milan
  • Enjoy learning which is relevant, up to date and meets the highest professional standards, inspired by our multi-disciplinary academic team

By taking a foundation year, you will gain a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need to complete our full BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. It provides an excellent introduction to a fascinating subject and gives you the opportunity to complete the honours degree in four years ' even if you don't possess the formal qualifications you would normally need.

Your first steps into a rewarding profession

There can be few more worthwhile careers than working with young children, helping them to reach important milestones and to develop skills that will last a lifetime.

On our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year you'll consider the importance of early childhood from a broad range of perspectives and gain a solid understanding of how children develop, learn and think from birth to eight years.

You'll build your skills in identifying and meeting children's holistic needs and explore all the challenges and opportunities faced by early years professionals working in a variety of children's services.

The role of professional and personal development is an important theme for this course. By spending a substantial amount of time on placement from stage one onwards, you'll be able to draw on your own practical experiences with young children.

We also give you the opportunity to achieve extra qualifications as part of your studies, such as the British Red Cross Paediatric First Aid certificate which is valued by employers.

Real-world learning on placement

You'll undertake a placement for one or two days each week, building your skills in working with children and boosting your employability.

Thanks to our close partnerships with nurseries, children's centres and other early years employers across the region, you will have the chance to experience working in different settings. As well as developing your observational and reflective skills, this will help you make more informed career choices for the future.

There is also the opportunity to go on fieldtrips to places such as the Museum of Childhood, Think Tank Museum and Eureka Children's Museum.

Build a global outlook

We offer you the chance to apply for an international placement so that you can gain valuable new perspectives on the profession. Successful applicants spend four weeks in Milan - working in a pre-school and living with a local family.

Other European fieldtrips have seen our students visit the famous Peto Institute in Budapest to gain insights into its groundbreaking work with children who have complex disabilities. Such international experiences look great on your CV, while enhancing your confidence and independence.

To broaden your international outlook further still, there may be the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of stage two. We have agreements with universities in Amsterdam and Brussels under the Go Places, Go Further international exchange scheme.

Experience and expertise

Our academic team is highly experienced and includes renowned researchers and published authors. This means your course is underpinned by the latest thinking and innovative ideas which are changing the face of early childhood studies.

We undertake important studies into subjects ranging from creativity for early years professionals to social constructions of childhood, from the pressures faced by new parents to ways of engaging fathers in early years settings.

There may even be the chance for you to contribute to fascinating research initiatives yourself. Our students have, for instance, worked with school children and community groups to draw up ideas for improving the play and educational potential of various parks in Nottinghamshire.

We also run annual conferences where you can share findings from your own projects with an audience of fellow students and practitioners.

High student satisfaction rates

You will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance from tutors who are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

You'll learn in our Kirtley Building which offers first-rate facilities for our Education and Childhood Studies students. It includes specially designed collaborative learning spaces and a large hall for practical activities and observing learning in action.

Explore your personal interests

The variety of optional modules on offer means that you can tailor your studies to match your personal interests and career aspirations. These modules could cover themes as diverse as children's literature, family dynamics, health and inequality, child protection and children across the world.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

UCAS points

  • 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)

Specific requirements at A-level

  • N/A

Specific requirements at GCSE

  • GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.


  • 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)

Interview / Audition

  • N/A


  • N/A

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