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Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

The Early Childhood Studies degree takes a holistic approach to the development of young children, from birth to the age of eight and provides opportunities to apply this learning in placement settings. The degree draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, early years pedagogy, policy, law, health, philosophy, and leadership and management, providing you with the breadth of knowledge to pursue careers in early childhood education and care, education, health and social care.

You will gain a broad understanding of the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the care and education of infants and young children. By studying the perspectives of various disciplines and professions, you will be prepared for a career in any aspect of Early Childhood Education and Care, equipped to work with families and colleagues from a variety of professions.

You will also develop an awareness of the rapidly evolving nature of early childhood education and care provision in England, Europe and throughout the world. Divided into specific modules, this course covers children’s development and learning in the context of the family, the community and wider national and international contexts. You will benefit from specialist sessions with professionals in the fields of special educational needs, social work, cultural diversity and creative and therapeutic approaches. Paediatric first aid training will also form part of the course.

For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an international student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply - international students page.

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X310 (X311 with Foundation Framework)
BA/EChSt (BA/ECSFY with Foundation Framework)
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time or four years full-time with Foundation Framework. Part-time available.

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is around 96-104 UCAS points, grades CCC at A level, or MMM at BTEC. Applicants are also normally expected to hold English and Mathematics equivalent to a GCSE grade C/4.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements: Admission to the foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications, or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study. 

You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous experience of working with children under the age of eight. You will also need to attend an interview. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be required.

We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

English Language requirements: All international and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level. For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.