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CU Coventry is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. We offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We also have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. For both students and staff alike, now is an exciting time to join CU Coventry.

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Early Childhood Development and Learning Foundation Year


This course enables successful students to automatically progress to the Childhood Development and Learning BA (Hons) Degree course at CU Coventry

This may be an ideal course if you want a preparatory period of study before progressing on to a degree in social care or youth work.


The childhood development and learning foundation has been designed to help enable and equip you with the skills to become confident, competent and reflective level 3 practitioners in the early years’ field through a carefully constructed programme of study that follows the latest national statutory guidance. It also provides opportunities for you to gain access to higher education that may not have been otherwise available by providing a bridge for those who do not possess sufficient UCAS points to obtain direct entry onto the undergraduate degree or those who switch their area of study.

You will gain an understanding about the necessary skills to work in any early years setting and to work effectively in higher education. You will also develop an understanding of child development and how to support and promote children’s learning. Additionally, the programme provides opportunities to develop key employability skills valued by employers; skills of team work, independent work, presentation, role play and an ability to articulate effectively in a variety of contexts.   


  • Academic and underpinning skills for working in early years’ settings
  • Children’s holistic development and growth from 0 – 8 years
  • Understanding learning in the early years
  • Working in early years settings

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The underlying principles and concepts of children’s holistic development and learning (0 – 7 years);
  • The importance of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, fully reflecting children’s cultural differences and family circumstances;
  • The core skills needed to work with children in early years’ settings;
  • The importance of promoting the welfare of children’s health and safety, security, confidentiality and safe guarding with relevant legal requirements and guidance;
  • The principles of academic research skills to apply detailed thinking;
  • The principles of independent and self-managed learning.


This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


At CU Coventry there are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we’ll assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place at the end of each six-week block. Tutors can provide support through regular updates and tutorials, either online or face to face.


As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Part-time students will study on Saturdays 9.00 - 18.00. 

Entry Requirements

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. A completed DBS check, either dated within 3 months of the course start date or applied for within 6 weeks of the course start date.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

International students are required to have English language proficiency level to IELTS 6.0.

This course also requires a completed DBS check, either dated within 3 months of the course start date or applied for within 6 weeks of the course start date. For September, November, April and June intakes, we will contact you within 6 weeks of your start date to request your DBS documents. For January and February intakes, you must already have a valid DBS in place, and provide us with proof, in order to enrol onto the course. If you do not have this in place in time, then we will defer you to a later intake.


Full-time course is: £7,102 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,777.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £7,102. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (Foundation/HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,777.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £7,102.

International course fees is: £10,361 per year


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.

Please note: If you wish to continue your studies outside of the Coventry University Group you will be liable to pay the tuition fees for this course. The Coventry University Group consists of:

  • CU Coventry
  • CU Scarborough
  • CU London
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University London Campus


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful completion of this foundation year guarantees progression onto a range of undergraduate courses at CU Coventry, including HNC, HND, BA (Hons) in Childhood Development and Learning.

This course is mapped to the National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL) Early Years’ Educator to provide Early Years Educator status, which is necessary to be considered full and relevant and counted in the level 3 ratios.

Today’s employers in the public, private and voluntary early years’ settings need professionals to raise the standards and quality of early years’ provision who can function seamlessly in today’s modern and complex children’s’ environments with a thorough knowledge of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage (EYFS). Our early childhood studies course has been designed to give you an introduction to early years’ skills and the professional qualifications you’ll need to pursue a hugely rewarding career.

The part-time route offers alternative access to those who may be working in a range of child care or community environments, such as nurseries and want to support their practical experience with a formal qualification.

If you're UK/EU student completing this course will also allow you to apply for relevant courses at Coventry University and Coventry University London Campus subject to meeting their entry criteria. 

Course code:
  • Full-time: first year of a 4-year degree
  • Sandwich: first year of a 5-year degree
  • Part-time: first 14 months of a degree

  • Foundation

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time (UK/EU only)


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787