BA (Hons)

Early Childhood Studies

Includes national and international perspectives of early childhood

LX53UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

Are you interested in studying the issues that affect children in the first years of life? This interdisciplinary course draws together the theories and practices of education, sociology, psychology, health and social policy that relate to the Early Years workforce.

You will study topics, ideas, models and theories relating to both past and present practice. You may choose to follow a route that includes Early Years Initial Teacher Training, leading to the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) - also available to graduates through our GradCert Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme. 

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain work-based experience by volunteering at local schools or charities
  • Achieve EYTS, by following an Initial Teacher Training route
  • Attend lectures by guest speakers researching in the field
  • Develop European and global perspectives through our international links

What opportunities might it lead to?

Studying in the School of Education and Childhood Studies can lead you onto a variety of career pathways, some of which may require postgraduate study. You will be able to apply for a range of roles in education, social care and health related areas.

Please note that this course does not provide Qualified Teacher Status.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • education and training
  • family support service
  • healthcare and health promotion
  • social work
  • the police
  • work in the voluntary sector
Victoria Byrne, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies student

The course has a good range of units, focusing on practical hands-on experience and commentary on issues in the world today.

Victoria Byrne, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Programme specification


Education, Childhood and Youth Studies

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Hands-on opportunities to work in a relevant educational setting
  • The support available to all students
  • The flexibility of unit options that enable you to tailor your study to your own interests

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Year one

In the first year of this degree, you will be introduced to a broad range of skills and knowledge that will support you in your study. The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies focuses on constructs of childhood, child development and how young children needs are met, particularly within the context of the family and early years settings. You will study:

  • Child and Youth Development
  • Children, Young People and Social Policy
  • Equality and Diversity in Practice
  • Health and Wellbeing of the Young Child
  • Perspectives of Early Childhood Education

Year two

The second year of this degree aims to consolidate the themes introduced in the first year. Study of how government policy influences and impacts practice will be considered in greater depth. The use of options at this stage will enable you to start focusing on a specific area of interest. You will also have the opportunity to experience paid or voluntary work with children if you take the Life Elective in an option this year.

  • Global Childhoods
  • Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Just Playing?
  • Research with Children and Young People
  • Two Options from
    • Children’s Literature
    • Children’s Social Minds
    • Communicative Strategies for Children
    • Development of Learning
    • Digital Natives
    • Gender, Race and Education

Year three

Your third year will focus on curriculum requirements, policies and the rights of the child as you specialise in an area of interest through your choice of dissertation and options.

  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Promoting Early Learning (0-3)
  • Developing and Extending Young Children's Thinking for Learning
  • Two Options from:
    • Early Years Teacher Status
    • Behaviour Matters
    • Creativity
    • Children with (Severe) Learning Difficulties 
    • Children, Young People and Religion
    • What’s the Story?
    • Fairy Tales and Folktales for Children
    • Who’s in Charge?
    • Families in Need
    • Won’t Read, Can’t Read: Failing Readers
    • Issues Relating to Children and Young People’s Mental Health
    • Working with Looked after Children
    • Developing Professional Practice
    • Childhood, Youth and Film
    • Introduction to Teaching


Teaching and Assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of teaching and student support on this course. Learning takes a variety of forms including group-based activities, seminars, tutorials, individual and group presentations, poster presentations, project work, elearning activities and lectures.


How are you assessed?

We use a range of assessment methods to ensure that you reach your academic potential. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations/projects
  • tests
  • a 10,000-word dissertation
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Ms Joy Chalke
Early Childhood Studies

The BA Early Childhood Studies provides students with the opportunity to engage with the subject from a range of national and international perspectives which support a deepening knowledge and understanding of the constructions of the young child in the world today.

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Study in SECS

The School comprises a body of enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town, the student buildings and the sea front.

3rd Space

A social learning space for you to study or meet up with friends. Small and large groups, or individuals looking for a quiet space or discuss work can find a quiet area which can be screened off. Alternatively, grab a coffee or play a game of pool in between lectures.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Victoria Byrne, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies student

We have guest speakers, talk about fairy tales, and even make our own children's books. It's very interactive and everyone really gets involved.

Victoria Byrne, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies student

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

A variety of career pathways will be open to you, some of which may require postgraduate study. These pathways include early years practice and children’s centre roles, alongside new jobs that are developing rapidly in response to current government initiatives.

You may also go on to train as an early years or primary teacher, gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), study as a Speech and Language therapist or undertake a masters degree in Social Work, or another role in education, social care and health. Please note that this course does not provide Qualified Teacher Status; however, in your third year, you can gain EYTS alongside your degree.

Roles our graduates have moved into include:

  • training assessor
  • teacher
  • employability coordinator
  • careers advisor
  • schools liaison officer

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work / research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies. The option gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, to reflect on the ways in which you've done so, and to learn to express this to potential employers.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

Kamila Rorat, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies student 2013

What I really like is that after we finish we don’t have to start working in a nursery. If you would like to choose any other workplace, for example, working in the police, a hospital, or primary schools or secondary schools, we have the option to achieve something else so the field is very very big because you don’t have to focus just on one area.

Kamila Rorat, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies student 2013

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