child reads picture book with early childhood studies student
UCAS Code
LX53
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

The next generation needs people with an understanding and vision of what future care and education looks like. If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people, and shape the conversation and strategies around early years development, this course will meet your ambitions.

On this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree course, you’ll explore the theory and lives of children from birth to 8 years old. You'll develop the skills, knowledge and experience to become a confident early years practitioner and prepare yourself to take on roles in areas such as education, social care and health.

What you'll experience

On this Early Childhood Studies degree course, you'll:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the first 8 years of children's lives and develop the skills you need for a career in the early years sector
  • Examine the issues that shape the lives of young children in society and explore what future care and education could look like
  • Study the sociology, psychology, welfare and policies surrounding young people
  • Draw from current issues, using national and international viewpoints to explore the development of children in their first experiences at home and in initial education
  • Be taught by experts with experience across several disciplines, and hear from regular guest speakers and our network of relevant local organisations
  • Tailor your study to suit your interests and workplace ambitions
  • Choose whether to do a traditional dissertation or work-based unit for your final project
  • Complement your studies with our research seminars and guest speakers where you'll grapple with issues alongside other students and lecturers
  • Run simulation activities in our controlled environment practice suite, to examine how children respond to play and learning activities

You can also tailor your studies to include the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) award. This doesn't give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but it does mean you can become a fully qualified teacher with specialised training for children birth to five years. Following your studies, you could go on to do a PGCE and gain QTS if you wish.

You'll be able to achieve Graduate Practitioner status for Early Years Practice by undertaking assessed practice in early years in each year of study, leading to the award BA Hons Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner). You may opt out of this in year 3.

This degree enables all graduates to achieve Graduate Practitioner status for Early Years Practice. You'll gain this qualification through an assessment of your early years practice in each year of study. If you're successful, you'll be awarded BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner). Students may opt out of this route in year 3 if they wish. (Please note, this route is not open to students studying Early Childhood Studies with Psychology.)

Optional pathway

You can follow an optional psychology pathway through this degree. You'll get to choose units in psychology, which will lead to BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology award when you graduate.

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared to take on roles in education, social care and health related areas. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

What can you do with an Early Childhood Studies degree?

Our previous students have gone on to roles in:

  • early years teaching and training
  • nursery practice
  • play work
  • family support services
  • management in early years
  • healthcare and health promotion
  • social work
  • the voluntary sector
  • environments that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability

What jobs can you do with an Early Childhood Studies degree?

Roles our graduates have gone on to include:

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

You'll get help and support in finding a job and planning your career from our Careers and Employability service throughout your studies and for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Aside from my academic growth, my studies have helped me form my ethos to carry forward into practice, and given me a fuller understanding of the ways in which I can be an advocate for early years education. All of the lecturers are passionate about their fields, and as a result inspired me to reach goals I would have never thought possible. I enjoyed my time so much I'm coming back next year to continue my studies!

Portia Newton, BA Hons Early Childhood Studies student

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do
You’ll explore theories related to the physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development of children. In this module, you’ll learn about children's social, emotional and cognitive development in relation to environmental influences (e.g. the role of the family and culture) and genetics (e.g. biological determinants and factors).
What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe key elements of how children and adolescents develop from a theoretical perspective
  • Explain how different stages of the growth & development processes are influenced by each other
  • Recognise how external and internal influences (nature, nurture) impact and contribute to the development of self concept in an individual
  • Discuss examples of social, emotional and cognitive development in children
Teaching activities
  • 18 x 2-hour lectures
  • 6 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final essay)
  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final essay)

What you'll do

You’ll identify and debate social issues, and take into consideration the complex issues around policy views held by different stakeholders. You’ll also learn how to navigate the professional fields you’re likely to embark on within the fields of early childhood and youth studies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and examine factors that can impact on social policy
  • Describe the UK welfare state in a social policy context
  • Explain potential inequalities in national and international social policy and make recommendations for change
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine the history of current policy in this area in relation to changing ideas and address issues of diversity as well as looking at specific responses for children identified with specific needs. In this module, you’ll develop skills relating to personal responsibility and management of learning needs and competencies

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Articulate knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to equality and diversity
  • Discuss ideas relating to the impact of current equality and diversity policies for meeting the needs of children, young people and their families
  • Evaluate historic and current theories in relation to equality and diversity
  • Identify and address issues involved in working with others in a variety of contexts
  • Reflect on your own learning development and identify areas for improvement
Teaching activities
  • 9 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • 9 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 6 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 135 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 1,500-word written assignments including essays (30% of final essay, each)
  • 2 x 20-minute oral assessments and presentations (20% of final essay, each)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll consider these requirements and the conditions that will ensure children and young people flourish. You’ll explore the implications of policy, local initiatives and current issues related to children's and young people's health and well being while considering the inequalities and challenges to the welfare of families with young children.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of key issues related to the health and well being of children and young people
  • Analyse with guidance the ways health impacts on children and young people's lives
  • Describe and effectively communicate the inequalities children and families may encounter in respect of ensuring the health and well being of children and young people
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework project (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll learn about the core childhood pioneers and comparative curricula as well as focusing on the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You’ll examine how partnerships between home and setting can promote successful outcomes for children and explore how practitioners plan and provide for early learning experiences through the EYFS and into KS1.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe perspectives of early childhood education
  • Examine the principles and practices of working in partnership with carers as children's first educators
  • Identify an effective environment for children’s learning and development in the curriculum, ensuring account is taken of stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (60% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll discuss how the concepts of 'local' and 'global' are constructed, considering culture, identity and citizenship. You’ll be able to debate whether multimedia technologies provide renewed opportunities to play or whether they enable the creation of transnational and convergent cultural practices.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically assess the use and validity of different theoretical perspectives in understanding and interpreting specific perspectives on children and young people
  • Examine outcomes of processes of globalisation for children and young people by analysing specific cases
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of theories of globalisation to relevant cases in the UK and abroad to appraise outcomes for children and young people
  • Construct and present reasoned analyses of aspects of modern life and processes of globalisation
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.""

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how children's development influences the types of play children engage in between birth and 12 years of age. You'll focus on play and its role in development and learning to get an understanding of what makes an effective play environment, the role of risk in play and how adults working with children can support and engage with play experiences.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss and reflect upon a range of perspectives related to play for children aged from birth to 12 years of age
  • Compare and contrast types and forms of children's play
  • Explore meanings of play in social and educational contexts
  • Evaluate experiences that enrich the play and learning of children
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 6 x 1-hour seminars
  • 7 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll gain employability and professional skills needed for the sector while developing your understanding of the implications of working with other professionals. The number of hours of placement will be a minimum of 90 but may vary to meet external requirements of the sector.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills required for providing learning experiences, environments and opportunities appropriate to the age, stage and needs of individuals and groups
  • Examine theoretical concepts around professional practice and how they are applied in the workplace
  • Utilise the concepts of reflection to articulate personal and professional development goals
  • Critically evaluate your learning and experience and relate this to your future career goals
Teaching activities
  • 4 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 6 x 1-hour lectures
  • 7 x 1-hour seminars
  • 90 hours of placement
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 183 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-hour set exercise (pass/fail)
  • a 3,000-word portfolio project (100% of final mark) – includes a 500-word practical skills assessment to cover safeguarding

What you'll do

The research process must always consider the interests of children in terms of ethical conduct, confidentiality, child protection and consent. This module develops the skills you need to complete a project including effective literature sourcing, validity, reliability, ethical considerations, research methods and the development of effective research tools in the field of child development.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Assess quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and be able to understand which of these to deploy in a research study
  • Reflect on the main issues around debates of the strengths and limitations of research with children and young people
  • Analyse research with children and young people
  • Identify and develop a topic appropriate for in-depth study and consider issues related to ethical and data protection issues
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)
  • a 400-word coursework project (10% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll focus on texts through various theories, applying literary criticism to children’s texts and explore adults' writing about children’s literature, applying theoretical concepts to examples in children’s books. You'll also explore the affective power of language and illustration, and potential messages for the child, by exploring children's texts through drawing, role play and reflection.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the power of language and illustration in children's stories and picture books
  • Identify and examine the social and moral issues raised in different types of texts
  • Compare and contrast the literature published for children and young people
  • Interpret selected literature through a variety of media
  • Creatively apply a variety of theoretical frames to analyse children's literature
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
  • 12 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework project (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll gain an understanding of how children develop moral reasoning, and how they connect with and process the world around them. As the central focus, this understanding will form the basis to which you’ll explore issues of personality, identity, self-esteem, conformity, rebellion, and resilience in relation to children’s development from infancy through to adolescence.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use a social psychology perspective to explore the nuances of children's social development
  • Take responsibility for your own learning with minimum direction, in independent and group learning
  • Apply a detailed knowledge of formative social influences in children's lives
  • Critically analyse the forces and dilemmas which influence how children relate to the world around them
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore the way these influences impact on working with children and young people as well as self-reflecting on your own learning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the key features of various learning theories/models
  • Examine how external influences impact and contribute to the development of learning in individuals
  • Consider how the theories of learning could be applied in an educational context
  • Demonstrate insight into your own approaches to learning
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how children are using current technologies for their own interests as well as the application of technology within curriculum frameworks.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the range of technology used by children and young people
  • Evaluate how information and communications technology (ICT) is used to support children's learning and development taking into account any barriers and challenges there may be to its use
  • Analyse society's attitudes towards children and young people and technology
  • Engage with technology used by children and young people
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 8 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework project (50% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute coursework project (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how the concepts of gender and race have been used to construct specific identities. As we live in a context of increased diversification, you’ll reflect on the role played by gender and race identities in the increasingly globalised context of educational institutions.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the ways in which theories of gender and race intersect with other social identities such as class, age, and religion
  • Critically assess the use of different theoretical perspectives in understanding and interpreting specific discourses related to children and young people in education
  • Compare and contrast different positions in relation to children and young people’s lives and identities
  • Identify and analyse gender and race inequalities that exist in today’s educational institutions
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 500-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage and complete tasks in a study relevant to your course, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Critically reflect on the formal learning experience and student ambassadorial role for the University, and consider the relevance of this learning to future study and/or employability and personal development
  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on your undergraduate course within the global context
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 595 hours abroad
Independent study time

n/a

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

What you'll do

Your placement year will be assessed after a period of no less than 30 weeks, on a pass/fail basis.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the skills needed in a placement environment
  • Identify and evaluate your learning experience and the relevance of this to future careers and professional development
  • Identify areas for improvement or further training in your professional development
  • Evaluate your success in meeting the objectives identified in your learning agreement
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,125 hours on placement
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

What you'll do

You'll get an understanding of sociological issues in an international setting, and enhance your job prospects.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage and complete tasks relevant to your course while abroad, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Critically reflect on your learning experience and ambassadorial role for the University
  • Consider the relevance of your learning to future study and/or employability and personal development
  • Critically assess how activities covered on your course relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice in a global context
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,195 hours studying abroad
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll focus on how children develop and how adults can support and extend their learning. You’ll explore the role language plays in ideas about learning & thinking.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the effectiveness of strategies and materials designed to promote learning in young children
  • Theoretically evaluate ways of thinking required by children for specific purposes
  • Critically reflect on how constructions of the child influence approaches to teaching methods and practices
  • Examine the role of language in cognitive development
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

The form of your research depends on the aims and focus of the project/dissertation and you’ll see it through from its inception as a research question to ethical procedures, into a research design, thinking about and implementing a methodology, gathering data, and reporting and analysing that data. You’ll gather data through fieldwork, either with children, young people or practitioners, depending on your research question and the scope of your study.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Design a viable dissertation/project proposal
  • Compare and reflect critically on different ideas, assumptions and data and to explore the complexity and uncertainty of such ideas in research, as well as to frame further questions and identify potential solutions
  • Deploy established and relevant techniques of analysis and enquiry in an ethical framework to a specific and focused area relevant to children and young people
  • Manage and reflect on your learning and communicate in writing to a specified audience relevant to the academic or workplace community
Teaching activities
  • 10 hours of project supervision
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 300 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (10% of final mark)
  • a 9,000-word dissertation (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll analyse aspects of working with professionals and families, the curriculum requirements, and the significance of the working environment. Psychological theories explored in this module will build on knowledge you developed in your first and second years.  

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Articulate and critically analyse the method and practice of storying in the role of professionals and families and evaluate the contribution of their relationship to the learning and development of children
  • Critically evaluate the role of the environment in the promotion of young children's learning and development
  • Analyse factors that contribute to the development and well-being of a child under 3-years-old
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework project (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll examine various strategies designed to meet the needs of children and young people showing challenging behaviour, and the impact of these strategies.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the complexities of challenging behaviour in children and young people
  • Critically assess possible causes of challenging behaviour
  • Critically review strategies and processes used for managing behaviour across the 0-19 age range
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how severe learning needs are identified, the role of professional agencies, and the support of children with severe learning difficulties and their families.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the environmental and physiological aspects of severe learning difficulties
  • Analyse educational barriers faced by children and young people with severe learning needs
  • Examine the support available to children and young people with severe learning difficulties
  • Critically appraise the role of families and carers in supporting children and young people with severe learning needs
Teaching activities
  • 8 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Fulfil wider professional responsibilities as an Early Years Teacher (EYT), reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of provision, and shape and support good practice
  • Model and implement effective education and care, and support and lead other practitioners including Early Years Educators
  • Critically explore how an EYT can set high expectations that inspire, motivate and challenge all children
  • Plan, implement and assess experiences, activities and approaches that stimulate children’s curiosity to enhance their skills and understanding, supporting deeper learning and development
Teaching activities
  • 6 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 10 x 1-hour seminars
  • 8 x 1-hour lectures
  • 40 hours of work based learning
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework project (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework project (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll gain an understanding of methods and practices of teaching and the early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the effectiveness of strategies and materials designed to promote learning in young children
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the EYFS areas of learning and development and engage with the educational continuum of expectations, curricula and teaching of Key Stages 1 and 2
  • Critically reflect on how constructions of the child influence approaches to methods and practices of teaching
  • Evaluate and make accurate, productive use of assessment to effectively support children’s progress
Teaching activities
  • 48 hours of work-based learning
  • 8 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 184 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word portfolio project (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

As an Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) trainee you'll focus on special educational needs disability legislation (SEND) and promoting equality of opportunity.  

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically engage in a small action research project to explore SEND legislation and multi-agency support in contributing to Education Care and Health Plans (ECHPs)
  • Analyse needs and that ways that needs are identified, supported and monitored
  • Appraise the needs of all children from birth to five-years-old and plan education and care taking account of these needs

Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 6 hours of guided independent study
  • 8 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 182 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word portfolio project (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll critically examine professional perspectives, interventions and current policy such as the Troubled Families Programme and Think Family. You’ll explore psychological and sociological perspectives that will underpin your learning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically consider the lived experience of families in need
  • Analyse relevant theory in relation to family experience
  • Critically apply knowledge of the context of policy and practice so as to extend understanding of the issues families face, and the social context they experience
  • Demonstrate confidence in considering complex problems within society
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

They may appear isolated, anxious and fearful or they may seem unhappy or disturbed. You’ll examine the characteristics of these problems, as well as some of the explanations that have been offered about how these problems arise.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine different concepts and models in relation to mental health issues in children
  • Reflect on the different sources and risk factors (pathological, social) that play a role in the diagnosis of mental health issues, and critically analyse how they interact
  • Critically analyse abnormal and disturbing behaviour as context-embedded and normatively defined problems
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how legacies of colonialism and imperialism shaped cinematic production in different regions, and  study the impact of the move away from national filmmaking in favour of global funding, distribution and exhibition networks.

Coming into care itself is symptomatic of unmet needs, hostile or inadequate treatment or abuse. In this module, you’ll explore some of the core issues around working with children in the care system and examine the conditions that are most successful for meeting their needs.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically review the rationale and theory for current care system policies and practice on children and families
  • Evaluate the theories related to issues of trauma and resilience developed by children in vulnerable circumstances
  • Critically explore data related to looking after children and how it informs policy and practice
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 16.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • group and individual projects and presentations
  • tests
  • a dissertation or work based unit

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Placement year

After your second year of study, you can do a paid placement year, working within local schools and organisations. This lets you put your knowledge and skills to work while developing your links with employers.

You’ll get mentoring and support throughout your placement, to ensure you’re getting the most out of the year.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your links within the industry.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • group-based activities
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group presentations
  • poster presentations
  • project work
  • lectures

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

I went on to study for my PGCE and my degree equipped me for this really well. I was lucky enough to go on to land a job teaching Year One in an amazing school!

Abigail Evans , BA Hons Early Childhood Studies student

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Early Childhood Studies degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 10 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

Learning Development Tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.

These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – LX53
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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