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Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

If you are looking for a degree that focuses on the holistic development of young children and babies (birth to eight years old), then this degree could be for you. There are opportunities to undertake placements and fieldwork in early childhood education and care settings, as well as the opportunity to visit, or study in, a European country to study early years provision in a different context. You will have the opportunity to undertake the Erasmus programme and spend the Spring term of year two studying abroad.

The course is taught by a highly experienced multi-professional team with expertise in the fields of education, health, inclusion and social care. It draws on external practitioners and experts to provide specialist input.

We aim for the following educational outcomes:

  • to develop knowledge and understanding of early childhood within diverse cultural, multidisciplinary and inter-agency contexts
  • to enable you to acquire a critical understanding of relevant theory and research in the field of early childhood and to equip you with the skills for independent investigation
  • to encourage critical analysis of contemporary issues and debates in early childhood policy, practice and services for children and families including international perspectives
  • to prepare you to become an articulate, confident and reflective graduate, capable of making informed career choices and of transferring your knowledge and skills to a range of professional contexts relevant to children

Placements are undertaken in each level. Their overall purpose is to support the academic study of children and childhood and professional development. The partnership between The University of Northampton and Early Years settings is voluntary. Part-time students are able to undertake placement tasks in their place of work providing the written approval of their employer has been obtained and the placement meets the requirements of the course.

In levels 4 and 5 they form part of the Professional Development Modules and at Level 6 are integrated into the pathways. The placements at Levels 4 and 5 include 20 days at each level. At Level 6 the placement comprises of 14 days as part of the specialist option and 14 days Fieldwork as part of the dissertation module.

There may be some additional costs associated with your placement such as mileage or public transport costs.

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Students go on to work or further study within six months following the course**
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X310 (X311 with Foundation Framework)
BA/EChSt (BA/ECSFY with Foundation Framework)
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time or four to six years part-time (four years full-time with Foundation Framework).

In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to hold GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above. A typical offer would be CCC at A Level, MMM at BTEC or 96-104 UCAS points.

Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having undertaken prior experience of working with children under the age of eight. Applicants will need to attend an interview. DBS checks are required.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements: Admission is normally DEE at A Level, MPP at BTEC or 64 UCAS points. 

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.