Social Care & Early Years

Early Childhood Studies - Foundation Degree

Start Date: 10th September 2019
Course Code: C01620 TAF1A

  • Higher Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Trostan Avenue)


Duration: 2 years Full-time
Number of weeks: 34
Start date: 10th September 2019
End date: 9th June 2020

Fee for 2019/2020 Academic Year:

£2500 Click here to view payment options available

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.

Course Content

You will study 12 modules in total, for example:

  • Child Development
  • Professional Practice
  • The Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills
  • Learning Through Play
  • Quality Provision in Early Years
  • Historical Overview of the Development of Early Years Provision
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour
  • Working with Children with Additional Needs
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years Environment
  • Science and Technology in the Early Years

​Get an insider view from our students about what is covered within this course as well as the career opportunities.

Assessment Methods

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

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.

Students who have achieved a recognised Access Course (minimum of 55%) will also be eligible to apply.



Where mature students wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, in lieu of meeting the full course entry requirements, they should contact the relevant Course Director by 13th August, as an application deadline will apply.

Full-time applications to the course should be made through UCAS using UCAS code (TBC) and selecting Northern Regional College.  Closing dates are subject to UCAS deadlines. Selection process is completed through our partner University Stranmillis College.

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.

Ballymena (Trostan Avenue)
Trostan Avenue Building
Trostan Avenue
BT43 7BN
028 2563 6221


Deirdre McNicholl

This course is also available in other NRC campuses: