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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

From climate change and economic austerity to the development of artificial intelligence (AI), the 21st century brings many challenges and factors that are shaping childhood experiences.

The next generation needs people with an understanding and vision for what the future of education will look like in this rapidly changing world. If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people, and influence the conversation and strategies around early years development, then this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree is for you.

You’ll explore the theory and lives of children from birth to 8 years old. You'll develop the skills, knowledge and experience to become a confident early years practitioner and prepare yourself to take on roles in areas such as education, social care and health.

Admission requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • Child and Youth Development
  • Children, Young People and Social Policy
  • Equality and Diversity in Practice
  • Health and Well Being of the Child and Young Person
  • Perspectives of Early Childhood Education

Year 2

Core modules

  • Global Childhoods
  • Just Playing?
  • Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Research with Children and Young People

Year 3

Core modules

  • Developing and Extending Young Children’s Thinking for Learning
  • Dissertation/Major Project
  • Promoting Early Learning

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £15,500 per year


On this Early Childhood Studies degree course, you'll:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the first 8 years of children's lives
  • Learn the skills you need for a career in the early years sector and related careers in areas such as developmental psychology, education, healthcare and the social sciences
  • Examine the issues that shape the lives of young children in society and explore what the future of education might look like
  • Study the sociological, psychological, political and philosophical issues affecting childhood today
  • Reflect on current issues, exploring national and international perspectives to investigate child development and different forms of education throughout the world
  • Be taught by experts with experience across multiple disciplines and hear from guest speakers with unique insight and expertise in the field of childhood and education
  • Tailor your study to suit your interests and ambition with a range of work placement opportunities and experiences
  • Choose how you conduct your own research by undertaking a dissertation or project-based module in your final year
  • Apply your knowledge of theoretical principles by taking part in experiential activities in our simulation suite and the settings you'll work in during your career

Continuing studies

You could develop your skills and knowledge to postgraduate level by doing a Master's course, such as MA Education Studies or MSc Educational Leadership and Management.

Career opportunities

When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for professional roles in childcare, education, social care and health-related areas, as well as other professional fields.

What can you do with an Early Childhood Studies degree?

Previous students have gone onto to work in the following areas:

  • Early years teaching – with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
  • Primary teaching – with a PGCE or SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
  • Pedagogical leadership in early childhood
  • Therapeutic play – with further training
  • Family support services
  • Early years provision and setting management
  • Health and wellbeing promotion
  • Primary teaching assistance
  • Play work
  • Family support work
  • Research related to your specialisms
  • Professional consultancy
  • Freelance educational provision
  • Private tutoring
  • Professional nannying
  • Forest school leadership and training
  • Special educational and disability needs

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About this institute

University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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