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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Are you interested in a career working with children? Do you want to learn more about how to support children’s learning and development? Our programme is suitable for those wanting to work in a number of sectors, including early years, primary school teaching and community work. The programme will help you develop a number of personal and professional skills as you will undertake placement hours to enhance your skill set and apply theory to practice. Once you have completed the course, you can go into several different career routes such as teaching, early years management and MA study.

Graduate Practitioner – This is a pathway option for those who wish to work in early years, be counted in ratio and achieve a full and relevant degree. This option will enhance your practical experience and graduate employability. Applicants will need to successfully meet the entry requirements and meet all competencies.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Delivery



  • Duration

    3 Years Full Time, 4 Years Part Time

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

Level 4

Research and Foundational Theories

Children, Families and Society

Educational Continuum


Observation and Assessment


Level 5

Research and Contemporary Theories

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Effective Pedagogy option 1 (0-4 years) option 2 (5-8 years)


Multi Agency Working


Level 6

Language, Learning and Literacy

Early Years Dissertation

The Reflective Practitioner

Current issues and Contemporary Debates

Innovation and Change

Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.


Teaching and Assessment Methods

The primary way of delivering this course is on campus.

On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures, group tutorials and one to one discussions with your tutor.

Students will receive 2 days of teaching per week throughout this course. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support. Students are required to undertake placement 2 days a week.

80 UCAS points from an acceptable combination of level 3 qualifications

We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.

As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.

This course is particularly relevant to people already working in or looking to develop a career within the early years workforce, primary teaching and social and community work.

This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including primary school teaching, early years management and social work.

If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. Course progression routes could include the MA in Education or MA in Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities
• Level 3 qualification to train as a Forest School Practitioner

  • A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: X310
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details