Early Childhood Education and Care Postgraduate Certificate

Course length: 12 months part-time


Newman University has developed a suite of modules aimed specifically at Early Years practitioners and Early Years professionals who are working in or have access to early years settings.

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills of early years practice by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to early years provision.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care will enable you to continue onto a full MA via undertaking a further 30 credit module of your choice (from the MA Education module choices) and the compulsory Research Methods module, followed by the final dissertation.


You will study the course part-time over 12 months which will provide you with the flexibility to combine employment (if relevant) and placements (if relevant) with study. Taught sessions will be based at Newman. The PG cert comprises of 2 modules with one module being  taught each semester on one evening per week with approximately 10 sessions per module.


You will experience a range of assessments in the form of reflective accounts, presentations and essays related to practice in the field of early years.


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Last updated: 19 September 2017

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Entry requirements

A relevant Honours degree.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the entry requirement.

Applicants will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to starting this course.  For more information on your DBS application please click here. A Disclosure by Association (DBA) clearance is required, also.  

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2017-18 Course Fee
Home/EU Students: £1,600*

Partner schools, colleges, institutions, Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership members, Titan Partnership members are currently eligible for a 10% discount.
Alumni are also entitled to a 10% discount.

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance information.

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here

As a full time student who is studying one of our short courses, the total amount of credits you will study each year will vary. Most modules range between 0 credits and 30 credits. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules





This module aims to allow students to focus on the child development subject area in greater depth than they encountered in their previous courses or experiences. It will enable students to become more specialised in child development such as within the 0 -5 age range and allow them to apply their knowledge in practice. This module will allow students to advance their skills in observation and assessment of child development, supporting their planning of children’s next steps. Students will undertake observations within a setting, and this will be negotiated with the student, tutor and setting. The concept of ethics, consent, and continual assent will be focussed on within the module and the University Ethics approval process will be adhered to in order to prepare students for undertaking observations in practice. Students will be encouraged to use the Statutory Framework (EYFS) in a critical way.  Although the module will cover areas of development such as Language, Cognition, Physical and Personal, Social and Emotional, and attachment, a holistic approach will be prominent throughout. The importance of safeguarding, particularly around safeguarding babies and young children will also be included within the module. Theories and current research around child development will be critically explored and applied to practical situations.


Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 261.00
Placement : 15.00
Total :  300.00


This module aims to:


  • Enable students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of child development

  • Enable students to demonstrate a critical working knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches in observation and assessment of child development

  • Enable students to explore implications of issues relating to child development and have a high-level ability to reason, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about these in relation to child development

  • Enable students to critically reflect, analyse and constructively critique theory, practice and research around child development.

  • Enable students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the importance of and processes around safeguarding babies and young children.



Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:


  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of observation, assessment and planning to address complex issues of early development and learning to promote good progress


  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current research to inform their reflections on practice


  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of child development theories and research informed through academic study and professional practice


  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level


Component 1 - 100% Critical analysis of observations of the developing child (4000 Words)



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