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Early Childhood Studies 

BA (Honours) Degree

We are now offering Early Years Initial Teacher Training for September 2014 entry (subject to future contracts for September 2015 entry) alongside Early Childhood Studies.

If you enjoy working with young children, their families and communities then this course gives you a sound academic and professional base on which to build. The course gives you everything you need to prepare for a rapidly expanding employment market which demands flexibility, competence and knowledge.

Opportunity to gain Child Protection, First Aid and Common Assessment Framework certificates at no extra cost

You’ll develop skills which are transferable across different occupational boundaries. Time and opportunity is given to explore all aspects of the development and care of children in the 21st century, including the theory and practice of child development, children within society, early years’ legislation, contemporary childhood and also to think about roles working within a setting and inter-agency teams.

Throughout the course there’s a strong emphasis on the development of ICT, collaborative and presentational skills. Each year includes a placement in an early years setting.

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Amongst the top 20 new universities for Education in the Complete League Table

Illustrative modules

Year 1 

  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Special Educational Needs: Listening to Children

Year 2 

  • Promoting Children's Well-being
  • Promoting Children as Competent Learners 
  • The Creative and Thinking Child

Year 3 

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Early Childhood: Contemporary Issues
  • Health for Life

Opportunity to work towards Early Years Teaching Status


  • gaining of Child Protection, First Aid and Common Assessment Framework certificates
  • placements are compulsory twice a year at year one and two and once a year for a longer block at year three
  • optional trip to a European country to observe practice

In the top 20 for teaching quality in Times University Guide (Education subject group)


  • can lead to Early Years Professional Status
  • manager of an early years setting 
  • family support worker

How will the course be assessed?

Coursework, presentations, projects, displays, electronic discussions and electronic assignments.

Previous field trips included a visit Sweden to learn from leaders in the world of childcare and education


Single honours
3 year full-time X312

Entry requirements

  • 260 UCAS tariff points with typical offers:
    • A-level: grades BCC or equivalent
    • IB Diploma: 24 points
    • BTEC National Diploma: DMM

  • GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)


  • International academic equivalent. An international foundation course may be required for entry.

  • IELTS 6.0 overall in English with no less than 5.5 in any other band or equivalent.

Amongst the top 20 new universities for Education in the Times League Table 2014

Professional contacts/industry links

With early years settings, children centres and schools within Gloucestershire and local museums, art galleries and theatres.

Recent guest lecturers/speakers

  • Children Centre Manager
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Museum and Art Gallery Outreach workers
  • Play Therapists

Work placement opportunities underpin learning and improve employability

Study options

Full-time and part-time


Francis Close Hall

Associated professional accreditations

Early Years Professional Status

In the top 20 for spend per student in Guardian University Guide 2014 (Education Subject Group)


Programme Specifications

Profile: Gary Foxley

Gary Foxley

The course is full of information about practice in the field and aspects of childhood in relation to government agendas today. It also really helps you to build contacts professionally and socially.

Gary Foxley
Early Childhood Studies
The university is local to me and has a brilliant reputation for teaching practice. Friends of mine had been through the university and highly recommended it.  When I came to look around on Open Day, everybody I met was friendly and supportive and the tour of the university was very exciting, showing us communal areas and potential halls of residence. We also got to meet lecturers and were provided with information about the course and the social side at university.  The ECS course is coursework-based and relevant to today’s practice and having criteria against which work is assessed is helpful. The course is full of information about practice in the field and aspects of childhood in relation to government agendas today.  It also really helps you to build contacts professionally and socially.  Lectures provide the theory through audio, kinestetic and visual sessions and using presentations and role-play assessments enables us to think outside-of-the-box, be creative and learn new skills.   One of the attractions for me of the university is the large section of teaching resources in the learning centres, eg, in particular children’s books, journals, a wide selection of up-to-date teaching books and the large database of ebooks and ejournals. The work placements are amazing, I have found that you get out what you put in and have had many positive experiences working with children, other nursery staff and parents. It’s uplifting to walk into the setting in the morning to be greeted by classes of children asking for stories and to lead play to enhance their learning.  The practical experience gained through placements will help my transition into full-time work.   Over the summer I volunteered in Mexico independently and worked within schools and nurseries as a teaching assistant and play worker. I taught English to the children and got involved in their play - it helped me to see the diverse cultural, religious and teaching differences.  I am hoping to go on to work in a SEN (Special Education Needs) school and possibly do the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Teaching.   

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Open Day Dates...


  • 27 April 2014
    Undergraduate open day
  • 25 June 2014
    Undergraduate open day
  • 28 June 2014
    Undergraduate open day
  • 04 September 2014
    Undergraduate open day for BEd students only
  • 27 September 2014
    Undergraduate open day
  • 25 October 2014
    Undergraduate open day
  • 22 November 2014
    Undergraduate open day
UCAS Codes
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeX312

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