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Early Childhood Studies BA (Full-time)

London Metropolitan University
3 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
January 2022
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Program description

Early Childhood Studies BA (Full-time)

Why study this course?

Our Early Childhood Studies BA degree was one of the first programs of its kind in the UK, developed to meet the demand for well-qualified early childhood specialists working with young children and their families across all sectors. This undergraduate degree will equip you to implement effective practice with children and families in a range of situations and to act as an advocate for their rights and wellbeing.

This course gives you the option to graduate with or without the Graduate Practitioner status. To gain the practitioner status you’ll have to complete an additional work placement module in your final year. The practitioner status will enhance your chances of employment in the field of childhood studies and help you progress to leadership roles and/or postgraduate study. We are aligned to the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN) Graduate Competencies to deliver the practitioner status qualification.

The early childhood studies course team includes writers and researchers at the forefront of the field who are passionately committed to enabling, empowering and inspiring students to make transformational changes to their own lives and to the lives of children, families and communities. You’ll receive exceptional pastoral and academic support from your tutor and academic mentor, whose job will be to ensure you progress through your studies and settle in to university life.

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Admission requirements

For full-time students:

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg CACHE Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced criminal records check

For part-time and distance learning students:

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A minimum of two years’ full-time employment working with young children, evidenced by a reference from your employer
  • Current employment as a practitioner with children from birth to six years, or be able to undertake a placement in an early childhood setting for a minimum of two hours per week per module studied
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

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

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Program content

  • Perspectives on Children's Development
  • Safeguarding Young Children's Health and Well-being
  • Understanding Play
  • Academic Skills and Professional Placement
  • Adults and Children as Learners: An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years
  • Challenging Inequalities
  • Children's Rights in Today's World
  • Enquiry-based Learning
  • Promoting Early Learning Through the EYFS and Key Stage 1
  • Communicating in Multi-lingual contexts
  • Early years learning and practice frameworks
  • Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
  • Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement: Part 2
  • Early Childhood Studies Project
  • Leading Practice with Children, Families and Professionals
  • Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood
  • Debating Children and Childhood
  • Professional Practice in Key Stage 1

Modules and module details are subject to change over time

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

How much you pay in tuition fees depends on which country you come from and whether you are a full-time or part-time student. Please visit the course page on university website for fee information particular to that course.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this degree go on to pursue a variety of careers in education, health and social care. The success of our graduates reflects the current need for well-trained graduates who can quickly move up to more senior roles in children’s centres, nurseries and primary schools, as well as other early childhood care and education settings.

Some students go on to specialise in a particular area such as special educational needs, while others take up advisory posts in local authorities or government departments.

A significant number of students continue their professional studies, whether it's through the PGCE route to teaching or at a master’s level.

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London Metropolitan University

Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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