Why Herts?
  • Over 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the learning opportunities on the course (NSS 2019)

About the course

This programme will be for you if you would like to become a graduate practitioner in the early childhood sector or if you have an interest in working with children and families. The programme focuses on young children’s education, development and care from conception to the age of 7 years. Students will have the opportunity to become confident, self-aware, reflective graduates able to operate as professionals in multi-agency 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.

You will learn from lecturers with many years of experience in early childhood settings and related professions including; primary teaching, nursing, health visiting and children’s centre management. Get to know one of the team, Michael Young a lecturer in Early Childhood Education.

Underpinning Principles

Embedded in the programme are four principles:

  • Each child is a competent and capable individual.
  • Children’s Rights (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child UNCRC) are recognised and promoted.
  • The child is seen holistically in the context of family and society.
  • Cooperation with others (parents, colleagues, other professionals etc.) is actively sought for the benefit of the child.

Level 4 (Year 1 full-time)

Modules will focus on personal and professional development as well as on child development and theory.

Level 5 (Year 2 full-time)

Theory is linked to practice through work-related learning and a placement.

Level 6 (Year 3 full-time)

The final year includes core modules, including a research project, along with a choice of modules, allowing you to specialise in a particular area of interest.

As you progress through the programme you will be encouraged to consider your own values and beliefs in relation to early childhood practice, based on your learning and experience.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education

Why choose this course?

Placement for work-related learning

The programme makes strong links between theory and practice through an extended placement in an early childhood setting in Year 2. The extended placement is a result of ongoing consultation with employers and students. It will enable you to graduate with valuable work related skills and experience.

Early Childhood Education graduates are well placed to seek employment as professionals in early childhood settings. They will also have transferrable skills applicable to a variety of careers related to working with children and families.

Transferrable skills

Research skills will be embedded throughout the programme, and you will investigate an issue of your choice related to early childhood education in a research project.

As well as knowledge gained throughout the programme, students will develop critical thinking and other transferable skills which can enhance their employability.

Tailor your studies to suit you

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.

Course details

What job can I get?

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 Master’s Degree (selection criteria may apply).

Graduates from 2018 are progressing to a range of careers and postgraduate study including:

Teaching methods

You will learn through practical workshops, reading, seminars lectures and tutorials. A personal tutor will guide you in developing your subject knowledge and academic skills by providing learning and pastoral support. There is an expectation that you will engage with on-line materials and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for studying independently.

You will be taught by staff actively engaged in a wide range of ongoing research and educational enquiry.

Work Placement

The second year of the course focuses on applying theory to practice through work-related learning. In order to achieve this you will undertake an extended placement in an early childhood setting of approximately 22 days.

You will spend a whole week in your placement setting after which you will attend placement for one day each week throughout Semester A and Semester B.

Your learning and experience in placement will support and inform your learning in the taught modules during Year 2. 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 2 through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Personal and Professional Skills 15 Credits Compulsory
    Early Childhood Development 30 Credits Compulsory
    Creativity and Learning 30 Credits Compulsory
    Global Perspectives on Childhood 30 Credits Compulsory
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Psychological Perspectives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Transitions in Early Childhood 15 Credits Compulsory
    Pedagogical Approaches 30 Credits Compulsory
    Children’s Wellbeing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Designing an Inquiry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Child Study 15 Credits Compulsory
    Study Abroad - BA Early Childhood Education 60 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Developing my Pedagogical Creed 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Working with Parents, Families and Communities 30 Credits Optional
    Developing Mathematics and Literacy in Early Childhood 15 Credits Optional
    Special Education Needs and Disability 15 Credits Optional
    Pedagogical Leadership 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 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

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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