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Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2023

October 2024

October 2025
Early Childhood

About this program

Early Childhood

The undergraduate programe in Early Childhood Studies provides a higher level of academic study that will extend your knowledge and understanding of children in their early years. We hope to ignite your curiosity as we explore young children’s development and interaction with the world and that in understanding the inequalities that children face locally and globally, you will grow as advocates for young children’s needs and rights.

The Early Childhood team aim to provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment for all our students through a high level of tutor support, access to exceptional University resources and engagement with our multidisciplinary teaching team with wide experience in research, practice and policy in the field. Together with the vital ingredient of your commitment as a student, these elements will enrich your learning experience. We also aim to enhance this where possible through engaging invited speakers and field visits to relevant spaces in Liverpool, a city rich in community connection and cultural experience.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - No specific subject requirements

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One

Introduction to Early Childhood

Your first year of study is an introduction to Early Childhood. You will look at the socio-cultural and historical constructs of childhood, including perceptions of childhood and the contemporary understandings of child development. Other topics you study include the history of the development of the study of Early Childhood, including the Early Childhood pioneers, as well as the role of play.

There is also an exploration of attachment theory and the role of the key person, and you are introduced to researching young children, the role of research ethics and child observation.

Single Honours students also study education for sustainable development, focusing on the environment, children and nature, and are introduced to notions of professional practice, involving the role of the critically reflective learner and the role of using evidence for learning.Finally, you study contemporary trends in Early Childhood associated with the environment, focusing on research informed understandings of child-friendly cities, outdoor play, risky play, enabling environments.

Year Two

Explorations in Early Childhood

In your second year, you develop your knowledge of Early Childhood and the key themes that underpin it. You will build up your understanding of learning theory, including socio-cultural approaches such as inclusive practice and current educational approaches for working with babies and young children. You investigate contemporary understandings of developmental psychology, involving the biological basis of infancy and cognition in infancy.

There is also an exploration of culture, environment and experience on well-being, learning and development, for example gender and identity. You will look at international comparisons of Early Childhood education and care, for example Reggio Emilia, Te Whariki, High Scope, and Forest Schools. Other topics studied involve exploring researching young children, including the critique of research design, research patterns, research methods and measurement techniques. Single Honours students develop your understanding of professional practice, including a critical knowledge of current provision for prenatal, babies and young children, the sociology of childbirth, and the constructions of parenthood/motherhood.You also develop your understanding of education for sustainable development, focusing on equity, democracy and inclusion.Finally, you examine contemporary trends in early childhood associated with well-being and development, for example, research informed understandings of creativity, autonomy and agency, relationships, the non-institutionalised child, social anthropology of childhood.

Year Three

Advanced Studies in Early Childhood

Your final year is an advanced study of Early Childhood. You will explore the historical, philosophical, global, economic and political development of ideas of childhood, involving issues in relation to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion. You also look at the historical, social and global development of policy and legislation regarding children and their families.

You will explore some of the key issues for children in their early years and their families, for example poverty, disability, discrimination, and will critically examine the function of a multi-agency team in relation to high profile cases, including the challenges and constraints of multi-professional and multi-agency working.

Another topic studied is the professional practitioner, focusing on leadership in early year’s contexts, understanding the needs of babies, young children and families within the local community, and managing transitions and advocacy for families

Single Honours students also study education for sustainable development, focusing on economy, social justice and social action. Undertaking research in the area of early childhood, you explore enhancing research, such as the philosophy of research, creativity in research, and innovation in research.You will explore contemporary trends in early childhood associated with the needs of the child and family, such as research informed understandings of the looked after child, excluded children, disabled children, and global childhoods.

All third year students complete a dissertation, which analyses a topic of your choice with guidance from your tutor.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.


The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programe involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component.

Career paths

Graduates of the Early Childhood degree have gone on to pursue careers as members of Local Authority multi-agency teams, leaders in Children’s Centres, Children’s Learning Officers in museums and galleries and employees of national and national and international charities such as Save the Children and NSPCC. A significant number of graduates also enter the teaching profession (after successfully completing a PGCE) or the social work profession (subject to further qualification), whilst others have successfully achieved careers in business, management and government.

Graduates of this degree will have the knowledge and skills to move into a wide variety of roles in working with young children and their families.

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...

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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park Campus
L16 9JD Liverpool
United Kingdom

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