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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons)) Early Childhood Studies

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Do you have a passion for teaching? Do you want to change communities from the inside? Are you interested in learning more about children and childhood and you envisage a career working with and for children and their families, this course will give you an excellent foundation? The aim of this on campus 3 years full-time degree is to provide a suitable qualification for those wishing to work in a variety of early childhood settings and children services. It will develop highly skilled, flexible, and creative early childhood practitioners that are able to meet the challenges presented by change and innovation in early childhood professional contexts.

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Ucas Code


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. This course covers children’s development and learning in the context of the family, the community, and wider national and international contexts. This will enable you to develop your skills as a practitioner and apply your knowledge to practice. The course is delivered on campus 2 days a week, with a requirement of 2 days placement per week.

Modules studied:
Level 4
Children, Family and Society [20 credits]
Educational Continuum [20 credits]
Observation and Assessment [20 credits]
Safeguarding [20 credits]
Research and Foundational Theories [20 credits]

Level 5
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities [20 credits}
Employability [20 credits]
Multi Agency Working [20 credits]
Research and Contemporary Theories [20 credits}
Plus, one of the following options:
Option 1 Effective Pedagogy (0-4 year old) [20 credits]
Option 2 Effective Pedagogy (5-8 year old) [20 credits]

Level 6
The Reflective Practitioner [20 credits]
Early Years Dissertation [40 credits]
Innovation and Change [20 credits]
Language, Learning and Literacy [20 credits]
Current Issues and Contemporary Debates [20 credits]

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time
The programme will require approx. 8-12 hours a week of private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.

On this course you will be encouraged to become an active enquirer and participant in your own learning. Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods, such as essays, case studies, ePortfolios, poster and oral presentations, research, safeguarding exam, and leaflet designs.

80 UCAS Tariff points from a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas

GCSE Requirements
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment might require this.

Additional requirements
• A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required.
• There is a requirement of either paid or voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days per week.

This course provides a sound foundation from which to progress onto professional training courses including teaching, social work, children’s nursing and other related professions.


Apply or enquire about this course

To apply for this course, you will need to complete an application via Ucas. You can do this via the Ucas website, using the following details.

  • Course code: X310
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Centre Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the Ucas website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay for example:

- Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies
- Printing and photocopying)
- Trips and enhancement opportunities

If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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