Early Years

"I enjoy the varied teaching methods and styles of the tutors which cater for the various ways in which people learn. I have found the course current, challenging, thought-provoking and expressive of the modern day workplace, enabling the subjects taught to have immediate benefits to my understanding and setting."
Sonia Lawrence – Early Years student

It is widely recognised in research that the care and development received by young children plays an important role in their life opportunities. Fundamental skills such as speaking and listening, creativity and interpersonal skills are developed in this important phase of our lives.

Newman University's courses in Early Years at foundation degree and undergraduate level explore the key policies and practices relating to the care and development of children between the ages of 0-8. You will explore how perceptions of childhood have changed over time and view national and international perspectives on the care and development of young children.

All courses combine the study of policies and best practice, and the implications of these policies and practices in the real world. Often full and part-time students from a variety of professional backgrounds study alongside each other, resulting in stimulating discussions of how policies and strategies impact on various settings, and enable students to gain an understanding of the constantly changing field of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Newman has expanded its MA provision within the subject area of Early Childhood Education and Care. As part of the Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme, or as a stand alone qualification, graduates can now undertake a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care focussing on 3 modules - Effective Pedagogy, Safeguarding and Leading and Managing in Early Years. Graduates who wish to progress to a full MA Education (Early Childhood Education and Care), can do so by undertaking further modules and a dissertation relating to the subject area of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Courses of interest:
Early Childhood Education and Care

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

3 years full-time, 4.5 years flexible learning (for further information on flexible learning courses click here)

Early Childhood Education and Care full-time top-up award

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

1 year full-time

Early Childhood Education and Care part-time top-up award

Undergraduate -

1.5 - 2 years part-time

Early Years

Foundation Degrees - Foundation Degree

3 years part-time

Early Childhood Education and Care Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate - PG Cert

12 months part-time

EYITT (GEB) (part-time)

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) -

EYITT (GEM) (full-time)

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) -

Primary Education (QTS) Early Years

Undergraduate - BA (Hons) with QTS

3 years full-time

PGCE Primary (QTS)

Postgraduate - PGCE

1 year full-time