Early Childhood Studies (BA Hons)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Develop specialist skills to make a difference to the lives of children aged 0-8 years.

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Top 5 for course satisfaction

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Play an active role in changing children’s futures through their development. You'll develop skills and a recognised qualification to work with children up to the age of 8 years old including those with additional needs. You will gain real-world experience through a work placement each year. Students develop skills on placements at Belmont school, The Family Haven refuge centre and Battledown Centre for Children & Families. You will also have the opportunity to visit Stockholm, partnering with students and practitioners from the University of Stockholm to compare best practice and innovation. Sweden is an international leader in early years education.

Learning from lecturers with a varied wealth of experience, you’ll develop skills and knowledge around early years education as well as health and social care relating to young people. In year one you’ll study the psychology and sociology of children. This includes how the digital world and globalisation have changed their social behaviours. You will also explore the varying factors that impact upon child development and how we as practitioners may influence these, as well as how to ‘tune in’ to children to identify and manage individual needs. Year two focuses on working with children and their families including marginalisation of families within 21st-century communities. To support your development as an Early Years practitioner it is important  that you have knowledge and understanding of how children learn, the characteristics of effective learning and the impact this can have upon their learning dispositions, such as motivation, curiosity and self-reflection to name but a few.  In your final year you can choose from optional modules, studying subjects such as: the biological, environmental and sociological factors that influence wellbeing; and the notion that lifelong learning within education is the key means of equipping children to meet the challenges that face them in their 21st-century lives.

There is a ‘short course week’ each year which is an opportunity for you to develop niche skills such as music making or basic baby care. You can also achieve extra qualifications including First Aid and Child Protection.

Study style

Explore practices and theories through lectures, workshops, presentations, projects, electronic discussions and assignments. There’s also a strong emphasis on the development of ICT, communication and presentation skills. Assessment is 100% coursework-based on professional development and focused on 'real-world' industry practice.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

104 tariff points

BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeX312


  • Early years manager
  • Early years teacher
  • Family support worker
  • Children's centre manager
  • Child protection officer
  • Play therapist

Industry links

You will gain real world experience through our partnerships with early years settings and multi-agencies. Our students benefit from these through work placements and guests in lectures. These include: Schools and children’s centres, derman Knight School, Berkhampstead School, Bettridge School, The Milestone School, The Family Haven (refuge centre) and Battledown Centre for Children & Families

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Staff Profile

Sian Wyman

"I'm an early years specialist with a specific interest in special educational needs. Before lecturing, I managed one of the first inclusive early years settings in the county. I received two ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings. I developed a unique teaching approach, underpinned by Reggio Emilia creative techniques. My main research interests include non-verbal storytelling, developing children's musicality and comparative studies with a strong interest in the differences between Sweden and the UK."

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Top 5 for course satisfaction

Our education courses are ranked in the UK top 5 for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

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Learn from industry-experienced lecturers

With diverse expertise in early years and health and social care settings, our lecturers will be able to support you with the diverse range of subject areas that you’ll study. You will be fully-prepared to progress into a successful career.

Visit an early years setting in Stockholm, Sweden

You will have the opportunity to visit Stockholm, partnering with students and practitioners from the University of Stockholm to compare early years teaching best practice and innovation. Sweden is an international leader in early years education.

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