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Early Childhood Studies

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
School/s
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: X312 or X313
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A Level grades CCC.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Explore issues in early childhood and gain practical experience of working with children and families.

  • A flexible programme with a range of modules and opportunities for placements.
  • Engaging and experienced tutors with a wide range of knowledge and expertise.
  • Opportunity to gain the accredited vocational Early Years Educator award.

On this course, you’ll develop a critical understanding of childhood, babies, children and families from multi-disciplinary perspectives. You’ll examine issues in local and international contexts and explore concepts such as play, development, ethics, social justice and leadership.

We ensure that you have maximum flexibility on your course while still retaining a clear focus on the study of early childhood. Your modules are designed to provide you with essential knowledge and understanding for your future career such as ensuring you are well-versed in children’s rights and protection as well as developing insights into effective teamwork.

You might also apply for our Certificate in Global Citizenship or opt for a module that includes a study visit or international placement.

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"Early Childhood Studies" is a name revision to the programme currently running as "Early Years Education".

"This experience provided me with the opportunity to explore practice in the early years, which I had never really done before. I was able to participate in lengthy placements, which allowed me to gain substantial experience and develop what I had learnt from seminars."

Jessica Samuels, student

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Social, cultural, historical, political and economic contexts of early childhood
  • Approaches to working with babies, young children, families and communities
  • An understanding of global issues and debates, such as young children as active participants in the lives and practices of families, societies and cultures
  • The processes which shape early childhood and young children's lives, including ethical principles and children's rights
  • Educational research and enquiry methods
  • Skills which support participation, critical engagement, and intellectual independence.

In addition to this, you’ll gain skills that will make you attractive to employers. You’ll learn to present your ideas confidently in a variety of forms, use ICT for various professional purposes and work collaboratively.

Course structure

Year one
In year one you’ll examine constructions of childhood and widely accepted policy, pedagogy and provision in relation to babies and young children. The position of play is explored, as well as the diversity of socio-cultural contexts in which young children explore the world.

You’ll be introduced to a variety of international perspectives which influence and challenge our understanding of babies and young children. In addition, you’ll develop your understanding of ethical practice, children’s voice and participation.

Year two
You’ll gain depth in understanding of the care, development and learning of children between birth and eight years through exploring of a range of perspectives in theory and in research. You’ll examine issues in early childhood, the purpose and diversity of early childhood provision including multi-disciplinary approaches, and the influence of policy agendas.

You’ll have an extended placement in an early childhood setting, and the opportunity to link theory to professional practice.

Year three
You’ll gain understanding of the principles and theories of leadership in early childhood settings, including effective ways of leading a team, reflective leadership and working with families and communities.

You’ll also be able to explore how young children make meaning, examine international perspectives on early childhood, and visit early childhood settings in Denmark.

In your third year, you’ll also write a dissertation, balancing independent work with one-to-one support.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework. There are no exams.

Assessments could include essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. We’ll provide you with regular feedback on how well you're doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. Seminars are usually more informal than lectures – they are opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates.

You’ll be taught by experienced and respected University staff. Throughout the course they’ll introduce you to their specialisms and research interests.

You’ll also benefit from visiting speakers – these include early childhood setting leaders, play therapists, children’s services, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
  • Children’s Voices in Early Childhood
  • Constructions of Early Childhood
  • Research in Early Childhood
  • Working with Young People in the Community
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Philosophical Enquiry and Education

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Care, Development and Learning in Early Childhood
  • Professional Practice in an Early Childhood Setting
  • Issues in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Pedagogue
  • Education and International Development
  • Literacy Learning in a Multi Media World
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Critical Approaches to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education
  • Environment and Education
  • Youth in Society: Power, Politics and Participation
  • Values, Philosophy and Education: Dialogicality in Action
  • Evidence-Based Education
  • Childhood
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Leadership and Teamwork in Early Childhood Settings
  • Play and Playfulnes
  • Early Childhood Dissertation: Part 1
  • Early Childhood Dissertation: Part 2
  • Building Bridges: The Team Around the Child / Young Person
  • Learning in Mathematics
  • Creativity and Digital Technologies in Education
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education
  • Young People, Identities and Subcultures
  • Professional Practice: Supporting the Dyslexic Learning in the Classroom
  • Learning in Science
  • Culture, Creativity and Society: Perspectives in Art Education
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Identity, Philosophy and Education
  • Symbolic Representations: Young Children Making Meaning

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world, by taking advantage of our Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes.

Some of our students complete educational placements as part of our international education modules. For instance, in year two you can study in Zambia; and in your final year you can travel to Nepal. Alternatively you can arrange your own international placement.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Placements occur in each year of the programme. In year two there is an extended placement in an early childhood setting which spans over two modules. This enables you to collect practice-based evidence for the accredited vocational qualification ‘Early Years Educator’. 

Optional modules provide further placement opportunities for you to work with young people both locally and internationally. The Institute for Education Partnership Office will arrange each placement for you. We try to ensure you are located within a reasonable distance from where you live; however, you should normally expect to travel using your own or public transport.

Previous students have also worked with charities, youth centres, and third-sector organisations such as museums, as well as schools and early years settings.

Careers

Early Childhood Studies will provide the basis for you to work with young children in different early years settings and contexts. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including local community, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations and charities, museums, art galleries and libraries.

You’ll also be able to apply for PGCE courses in teacher training – but if you know at this stage that you want to be a teacher you should consider our early years specialised teaching pathway.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught on Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including:

Resources

You can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from cameras to laptops.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for critical and compassionate students who are committed to working with and supporting the lvies of babies, young children and families.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades CCC accepted
  • BTEC-  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of an interest in Education.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Rebecca Digby
Email: r.digby@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year

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