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We look forward to welcoming all our new and returning students to the College for the 2020/21 academic year. In light of COVID-19 we have implemented a number of changes to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone at the College. It is important that we respect and adhere to these new measures. Please practise social distancing and follow the one way traffic system around campus. We also encourage students and staff to wear face coverings in public spaces and to use hand sanitiser available at stations around each campus.

For more information please visit https://www.src.ac.uk/the-college/covid-19-info or get in touch via email info@src.ac.uk or call 0300 123 1223.


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Childcare & Special Needs

EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES Level 5 Foundation Degree

Queen's University Belfast Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

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Level 5
Mode of Study
Part Time
Course Type
Higher Education
Newry Campus


This course has been designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and understanding of working with 0-8 year olds.  This course focuses on the key theories, concepts and practical skills required to work with this age group in the primary school or other specialist early year’s settings.

Both Full-time and Part-time provision runs for 32 weeks per year.

Full-time: 12 hours per week in college plus 10 hours work placement. (including tutorial support)

The team delivering this course comprises of a wide range of professionals including primary school teachers, social workers and early years practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in their fields.

The course is subject to change by QUB.


2 A Levels: normally grades CC - 64 UCAS points, including 4 GCSE English
and Mathematics at Grade C or above (Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a grade C in GCSE English Language; however Level 2 Application of Number cannot be substituted for GCSE Mathematics);
• Irish Leaving Certificate – normally BCCC at Higher (must have English and
Mathematics Ordinary Level Grade D or better); or 

• Access Course – normally minimum of 55% average; or
• 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
• Applicants may be required to attend for interview.
• Please note: Grades may be enhanced by Queen’s University, Belfast 

• You should note that, as the course engages you in ‘regulated activity’ involving children, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an  Enhanced Disclosure from ACCESS NI.

Disclosures may be accessed at http://www.accessni.gov.uk


  • Child Development
  • Learning Through Play
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Historical Overview of the Development of Early Years Provision
  • The Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills
  • Quality Provision in Early Years
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Anti Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years Environment
  • Working with Children with Additional Needs
  • Working with Babies 0-3 years
  • Science and Technology in the Early Years


3 years part-time. Applicants can apply directly to SRC


This course is accredited by Queen’s University Belfast.


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Educational enrichment activities to local Child Care, University and other course relevant facilities will accrue travel expenses of approx. £5-10, three times a year. UCAS fees of approximately £24 are applicable for those applying to University.


On successful completion of this course you may progress to Stranmillis University College and enter Year 2 of the BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies (full-time or part-time) or into Year 2 of a similar course. SRC Students will have the opportunity to progress to year 2 of the Ba (Hons) Degree in early Childhood Studies (part time route) at Southern Regional College.


All full-time & part-time courses starting in September 2020 are open for applications.  Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


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In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

In accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you will be notified of any such changes, the reasons for the changes and any options available to you to avoid such changes having an adverse impact on your future career. All higher education students and applicants should refer to the Consumer Protection page.


Information about our fees policy including details on registration and reduced fees as well as refunds can be found HERE

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    £571.00 (Course)
    £306.00 (Exam)
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