BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education

Available to non EU students

About the course

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This programme is for those wishing to become graduate practitioners in the early childhood sector. It focuses on young children’s education, development and care from conception to the age of 7 years and students will have the opportunity to become self-aware, reflective graduates able to operate in multi-professional contexts. The programme content draws on international research and practice, including global perspectives of children, different Early Childhood curricula and established as well as emerging theory.

Year 1 modules focus on personal and professional development as well as on theory. In Year 2, theory is linked to practice through work-related learning and a placement (or in your own work place). The final year includes a research project and you can specialise in a particular area of interest based on a choice of different modules. 

Why choose this course?

The course can be studied both full and part time, making it suitable for students who have recently completed A levels, as well as Early Childhood practitioners who are already in employment and wish to enhance their level of qualification. There is currently one entry point at Level 4 for those starting their first degree.

Students will have the opportunity to become self-aware, reflective graduates able to operate in multi-professional contexts.

Key staff

Module tutor (Creativity & Learning) Carol Timson
Carol Timson’s teaching areas include music, music & movement, and creativity.
Find out more about Module tutor (Creativity & Learning) Carol Timson

Module Tutor Chris Collins
Chris Collins has a particular interest in children and staff well-being. She teaches child development, interprofessional education, and personal and professional development.
Find out more about Module Tutor Chris Collins

Module tutor (Global Perspectives and also Transitions) Dr Lyn Trodd
Dr Trodd has a particular interest in child development, children’s experience of transitions and international education.
Find out more about Module tutor (Global Perspectives and also Transitions) Dr Lyn Trodd

Module tutor (Global Perspectives) Dr. Bushra Connors
Dr Connors teaches on a number of different programmes focusing on wide spectrum of topics in relation to philosophy of education, politics and economics.
Find out more about Module tutor (Global Perspectives) Dr. Bushra Connors

Module Tutor Nancy Small
Nancy Small is a High Scope specialist and takes a particular interest in different pedagogical approaches.

Module tutor (Personal and Professional Skills) Professor Joy Jarvis
Professor Jarvis is Professor of Educational Practice and introduces students to learning in higher education.
Find out more about Module tutor (Personal and Professional Skills) Professor Joy Jarvis

Placement Tutor and Module Leader Sue Nimmo
Sue Nimmo teaches on a range of different programmes with a specific emphasis on creativity and learning, child development and early childhood pedagogy.

Programme Leader Ute Ward
Ute Ward is responsible for the whole programme and teaches on several modules ranging from global issues to research matters. Her own research interests focus on the work with parents and families and on professional development.
Find out more about Programme Leader Ute Ward

Careers

The School of Education has an excellent record of employment. Graduates from this degree will be equipped for careers with children and families in a range of different sectors and roles. They can enter into employment as graduate professionals, offering theoretical knowledge and understanding as well as practice experience. Graduates will also have the underpinning knowledge to progress to Postgraduate teacher training courses (dependent on other selection criteria) or to continue studying for a Masters Degree.

Work Placement

The second year of the course focuses on applying theory to practice through work-related learning. To support this you will undertake an extended placement in an early childhood setting of approximately 22 days. Your learning in the taught modules during Year 2 is closely linked with your experience in the placement. If you are already in work you may not need an additional placement but the placement tutor may recommend some visits to other settings.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in Year Two through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Personal and Professional Skills - 15 Credits
  • Early Childhood Development - 30 Credits
  • Creativity and Learning - 30 Credits
  • Global Perspectives on Childhood - 30 Credits
  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Child Study - 15 Credits
  • Psychological Perspectives - 15 Credits
  • Transitions in Early Childhood - 15 Credits
  • Pedagogical Approaches - 30 Credits
  • Children’s Wellbeing - 30 Credits
  • Designing an Inquiry - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Study Abroad - BA Early Childhood Education - 60 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Developing my Pedagogical Creed - 30 Credits
  • Research Project - 30 Credits
  • Working with Parents, Families and Communities - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Developing Mathematics and Literacy in Early Childhood - 15 Credits
  • Pedagogical Leadership - 15 Credits
  • Working with Parents, Families and Communities - 30 Credits
  • Special Education Needs and Disability - 15 Credits
  • Interprofessional Working in Early Childhood Settings - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

104 UCAS points 

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C in English Language and Grade D in Maths under the old grading structure)

IB - 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201827/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201825/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201827/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201925/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)