BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies With Psychology

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies With Psychology

If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people and understand what makes them tick, you can combine the study of childhood and psychology on this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology degree.

You’ll explore the theory and lives of children from birth to 8 years old, covering themes such as cover education, health and welfare. And you'll study psychology to build your understanding of children's individual and collective behaviour and how this affects their development.

At the end of the course you'll be set for a career in roles such as early years practitioner, play worker, youth worker, teacher and social worker.

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 in this year include:

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

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

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

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Developing and Extending Young Children's Thinking For Learning*
  • Dissertation / Major Project (Education)
  • Enrichment
  • Promoting Early Learning (0-3)

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


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


On this degree you'll:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the first 8 years of children's lives and develop the skills you need for a career in the early years sector
  • Examine the issues that shape the lives of young children in society and explore what future care and education could look like
  • Be taught by staff that are active in research into areas such as animal cognition, autism, forensic psychology and quality of working life
  • Use specialist psychology equipment and facilities, including an observation suite, toddler and infant laboratory, psychophysiology laboratory, psychology of applied cognition laboratory, and digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Draw from current issues, using national and international viewpoints to explore the development of children in their first experiences at home and in initial education
  • Hone the soft skills that employers value including teamwork, communication, problem solving, self-motivation and time management
  • Complement your studies with our research seminars and guest speakers where you'll grapple with issues alongside other students and lecturers
  • You can also tailor your studies to include the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) award. This doesn't give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but it does mean you can become a fully qualified teacher with specialised training for children birth to five years. Following your studies, you could go on to do a PGCE and gain QTS if you wish.
  • Run simulation activities to examine the responses of children to play and learning in the controlled environment of our practice suite.

Career paths

When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared to take on roles in education, social care and health-related areas. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

What can you do with a Early Childhood Studies degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in:

  • Teaching
  • Healthcare
  • Social welfare
  • The police force
  • Early years teaching and training
  • Nursery practice
  • Play work
  • Family support services
  • Early years management
  • Healthcare and health promotion
  • Social work
  • The voluntary sector
  • Special educational and disability support

What jobs can you do with a Early Childhood Studies degree?

Specific roles that our graduates have gone on to include:

  • Training assessor
  • Teacher
  • Employability coordinator
  • Careers advisor
  • Schools liaison officer

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

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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.

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