BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education

  • 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.

Why choose this course?

Placement for work-related learning

The programme makes strong links between theory and practice through a placement in an early childhood setting in Year 2. The 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.

What will I study?

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.

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:

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in November 2020.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course