A degree from our Early Childhood Studies programme is ideal if you want to gain a graduate-level qualification that will enable you to work with children aged from birth to 8 years old.
You'll have a holistic approach to understanding early childhood, relating appropriate educational theory to practice. You'll look critically at the role of play, considering differing curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood researchers and theorists on current government perspectives and practices.
This degree will prepare you for many types of employment and is supported by employers within the industry. Graduates from our Early Childhood Studies degree have progressed into primary Teacher Training, early years teaching, social work, further education, charity work and management. You'll gain placement opportunities across the birth to 8 years old age range and you'll establish lifelong networks that you can use throughout your career.
In addition to our ‘core’ Early Childhood Studies degree, we offer two pathways. Choose the award that includes Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and upon graduation, you will be a teacher who is qualified to work with children from birth to 5. Alternatively, the award that includes a pathway in Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) provides a more detailed focus into that area.
On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway:
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teaching Status, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Special Education Needs and Disability
If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.
Students on our Early Childhood Studies degrees have worked with:
- Early years settings
- Private training organisations
- Local Councils
- Armed Forces
- Prison Service
- Local Authorities
All students will attend work placements in early years settings throughout the programme, they will be expected to undertake work based activities in preparation for their teaching and learning sessions. These may include information exercises such as locating relevant policies and resource audits for review and discussion. Observations of children or work processes in the placement/work setting may be used to inform discussion, such as analysing children's needs, involvement in the planning process or the preparation of work focused learning materials. Vocational Evidence Records will provide support for learners on placement and all students will be supported by a work based supervisor within the setting and visits from the academic staff.
Students on our Early Childhood Studies degrees have worked with: schools and colleges; early years settings; NGOs; private training organisations and local councils.