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Early Childhood Studies - Foundation Degree

Northern Regional College

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree

  • Location

    Northern Regional College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies 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. It will also give you a nationally recognised qualification and evidence of your ability to work in the Early Years sector. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to progress to year 2 of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course at Stranmillis University College.

This course is validated by Queen's University Belfast and quality assured by Stranmillis University College.

Assessment Methods

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


Graduates will have the opportunity to apply to year 2 of the full time BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Degree course at Stranmillis University College. This degree is also offered in part-time mode of study at Stranmillis and Foundation Degree graduates may wish to consider this option for progressing their studies. Please note that onward progression to a postgraduate teaching qualification in Northern Ireland requires applicants to have GCSE English, Maths, and Science at grade C or above or specified equivalent qualifications.

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 : C

You must have achieved a minimum of 4 passes GCSE grade C or above, which must include English Language and Mathematics (please note that Essential Skills Communication is acceptable, however Essential Skills Numeracy is not) and one of the following: BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Early Years or appropriate Cache Diploma in Child Care and Education or NVQ level 3 Qualification CCLD/EYCE or Classroom Assistant or Teaching Assistant or 2 A levels or other appropriate qualifications at this level.


University information

Northern Regional College

  • Campus address

    Northern Regional College, Ballymena Campus, Trostan Avenue, Ballymena, Antrim, BT43 7BN, Northern Ireland

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