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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner)

This exciting course is designed to support those wishing to work in a variety of early childhood settings and children services. It will develop highly skilled, flexible, and creative early childhood practitioners that are able to meet the challenges presented by change and innovation in early childhood professional contexts.

The BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies pathway enables graduating students a qualification with ‘Full and Relevant’ status, meaning that they are well equipped to practice within early years settings. This qualification can greatly support employability, with Graduate Practitioners being eligible for inclusion ‘in ratio’ for their settings.

This course maps student progress against the Graduate Competencies in terms of knowledge, skills and practice, as observed through assignments and observations within settings across the 0-8 age range. This enables both theory and practice to be developed, effectively equipping graduates for their careers within the sector.


Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    3 years full time

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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This degree takes a holistic approach to the development of young children, from birth to the age of eight and provides opportunities to apply this learning in placement settings. This course covers children’s development and learning in the context of the family, the community, and wider national and international contexts. This will enable you to develop your skills as a practitioner and apply your knowledge to practice. The course is delivered on campus 2 days a week, with a requirement of 2 days placement per week.

Modules studied:
Level 4
Children, Family and Society [20 credits]
Educational Continuum [20 credits]
Observation and Assessment [20 credits]
Safeguarding [20 credits]
Research and Foundational Theories [40 credits]

Level 5
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities [20 credits}
Employability [20 credits]
Multi Agency Working [20 credits]
Research and Contemporary Theories [40 credits}
Plus, one of the following options:
Option 1 Effective Pedagogy (0-4 year old) [20 credits]
Option 2 Effective Pedagogy (5-8 year old) [20 credits]

Level 6
The Reflective Practitioner [20 credits]
Early Years Dissertation [40 credits]
Innovation and Change [20 credits]
Language, Learning and Literacy [20 credits]
Current Issues and Contemporary Debates [20 credits]

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time
The programme will require extra time each week for private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.


Teaching and Assessment methods

On this course you will be encouraged to become an active enquirer and participant in your own learning.

Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods, such as essays, case studies, e-portfolios, poster and oral presentations, research, safeguarding exam and leaflet designs.

Observations within practice are required each year, to support the completion of the graduate competencies and achieve ‘full and relevant’ qualification status. Completion of the Graduate Competencies will be mapped.

Level 3 Qualifications:

32 UCAS Tariff Points- from at least 2 GCE A Levels or BTEC National qualifications or Access to HE Diploma in a related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

Level 2 Requirements (GCSE level)
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics.

This Graduate Practitioner pathway will ensure applicants hold a full and relevant degree on completion of the programme.

In line with the widening participation and lifelong learning strategy, we also welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

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


£7940.00 per year.

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

  • 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: X4GP
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Apply direct to UCDon if we are your only option Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474