Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

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Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 03/12/2018

The Early Childhood Studies 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. The degree draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, early years pedagogy, policy, law, health, philosophy, and leadership and management, providing you with the breadth of knowledge to pursue careers in early childhood education and care, education, health and social care.

Course

Highlights

  • Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies.
  • Arranged placements are an integral part of the course
  • Trips and opportunities to visit a European country to enhance learning

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies

These Competencies focus heavily on the application the academic elements of degree programmes in placements. You will meet the nine competencies through assessed observations of practice, practice-based tasks and academic assessment.

The nine Competencies are:

1. Advocating for young children’s rights and participation
2. Promote holistic child development
3. Work directly with young children, families and colleagues to promote health, well-being, safety and nurturing care
4. Observe, listen and plan for young children to support their well-being, early learning, progression and transitions
5. Safeguarding and child protection
6. Inclusive practice
7. Partnership with parents and caregivers
8. Collaborating with others
9. Professional Development

Course Details

This course will give you a broad understanding of the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the care and education of infants and young children. By studying the perspectives of various disciplines and professions you will be prepared for a career in any aspect of Early Childhood Education and Care, equipped to work with families and colleagues from a variety of professions.

You will gain an understanding and awareness of the rapidly evolving nature of early childhood education and care provision in England, Europe and throughout the world. Divided into specific modules, this course covers children’s development and learning in the context of the family, the community and wider national and international contexts. You will benefit from specialist sessions with professionals in the fields of special educational needs, social work, cultural diversity and creative and therapeutic approaches.

Read more

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Students have gone on to a range of professions, including, but not limited to: early years practitioners, teachers, social workers, child protection roles, advisory roles, play therapists, university lecturers and nursery managers.

Please see the careers map for more information.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to hold English and Mathematics GCSE grade C/4. A typical offer would be CCC at A Level or MMM at BTEC.

You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous experience of working with children under the age of eight. You will also need to attend an interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are also required.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC.

Course Content

  • Studying Child Development in the Early Years (40 Credits)
    Module code: EYS1011
    Core Module Y
  • Children’s Health and Well-Being (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS1012
    Core Module Y
  • The Child, Children’s Services and The Law (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS1013
    Core Module Y
  • Work Based Learning in Early Childhood Education and Care (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS1117
    Core Module Y
  • Personal, Academic and Professional Development 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS1118
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

The multi-disciplinary approach of the course, covering education, health and social care, gives you flexibility when you embark upon your career. Combined with extensive work placements, this course is tailored to prepare you for whatever future you choose.

Reading List
  • Comprehensive reading lists are provided on enrolment and many or the resources are available as online sources. It will be beneficial for you to purchase a key text for your use throughout your studies and these titles are provided on enrolment.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your study

Successful completion of this course can lead onto further studies if required.  You will have the opportunity to study an MA in Early Years, a PGCE or progress to the Early Years Teacher Status course.  In addition to this you could progress to further studies at MA level in social work, mental health, special educational needs and many more.

Student Stories

After graduating, Hayley set up her own nursery

“With the knowledge and skills I learnt through my degree I have been able to positively impact children and families.”

“I work in one of the highest areas of deprivation in Northampton and set up and manage a newly opened nursery; we have just received Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted inspection.”

Read how Early Childhood Studies graduate Hayley set up and manages her own nursery.

Events

Get involved

An Early Years society is run by students through the Students Union and they organise events, talks and trips related to the course.  In addition to this there are often events organised that you are invited to attend, such as the Annual Children’s Lecture, Careers conference, volunteering opportunities

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Additional costs

Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel. There are a number of recommended texts to buy during your studies.

The typical price of course books for each year is as follows:

  • First year: approximately £100
  • Second year: approximately £60
  • Third year: approximately £40

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Additional costs

Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel. There are a number of recommended texts to buy during your studies.

The typical price of course books for each year is as follows:

  • First year: approximately £100
  • Second year: approximately £60
  • Third year: approximately £40

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000
Foundation Study Framework: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Part Time Study

Courses offered on a part time basis are an excellent way of gaining a qualification around a busy home life or job. The University of Northampton recognises that many of our students have family and work commitments and offer various courses on a part time study basis, working flexibly around your requirements.

A lot of our courses can be completed part-time, so you can fit your studies around your life. The majority of part-time and professional courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.


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Updated 03/12/2018

  • The Early Childhood Studies 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. The degree draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, early years pedagogy, policy, law, health, philosophy, and leadership and management, providing you with the breadth of knowledge to pursue careers in early childhood education and care, education, health and social care.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies.
    • Arranged placements are an integral part of the course
    • Trips and opportunities to visit a European country to enhance learning

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • This course will give you a broad understanding of the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the care and education of infants and young children. By studying the perspectives of various disciplines and professions you will be prepared for a career in any aspect of Early Childhood Education and Care, equipped to work with families and colleagues from a variety of professions.

    You will gain an understanding and awareness of the rapidly evolving nature of early childhood education and care provision in England, Europe and throughout the world. Divided into specific modules, this course covers children’s development and learning in the context of the family, the community and wider national and international contexts. You will benefit from specialist sessions with professionals in the fields of special educational needs, social work, cultural diversity and creative and therapeutic approaches.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies

    These Competencies focus heavily on the application the academic elements of degree programmes in placements. You will meet the nine competencies through assessed observations of practice, practice-based tasks and academic assessment.

    The nine Competencies are:

    1. Advocating for young children’s rights and participation
    2. Promote holistic child development
    3. Work directly with young children, families and colleagues to promote health, well-being, safety and nurturing care
    4. Observe, listen and plan for young children to support their well-being, early learning, progression and transitions
    5. Safeguarding and child protection
    6. Inclusive practice
    7. Partnership with parents and caregivers
    8. Collaborating with others
    9. Professional Development

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      Students have gone on to a range of professions, including, but not limited to: early years practitioners, teachers, social workers, child protection roles, advisory roles, play therapists, university lecturers and nursery managers.

      Please see the careers map for more information.

  • In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to hold English and Mathematics GCSE grade C/4. A typical offer would be CCC at A Level or MMM at BTEC.

    You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous experience of working with children under the age of eight. You will also need to attend an interview.

    Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are also required.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Studying Child Development in the Early Years (40 Credits)
      Module code: EYS1011
      Core Module Y
    • Children’s Health and Well-Being (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS1012
      Core Module Y
    • The Child, Children’s Services and The Law (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS1013
      Core Module Y
    • Work Based Learning in Early Childhood Education and Care (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS1117
      Core Module Y
    • Personal, Academic and Professional Development 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS1118
      Core Module Y
      • Comprehensive reading lists are provided on enrolment and many or the resources are available as online sources. It will be beneficial for you to purchase a key text for your use throughout your studies and these titles are provided on enrolment.
    • Further your study

      Successful completion of this course can lead onto further studies if required.  You will have the opportunity to study an MA in Early Years, a PGCE or progress to the Early Years Teacher Status course.  In addition to this you could progress to further studies at MA level in social work, mental health, special educational needs and many more.

    • After graduating, Hayley set up her own nursery

      “With the knowledge and skills I learnt through my degree I have been able to positively impact children and families.”

      “I work in one of the highest areas of deprivation in Northampton and set up and manage a newly opened nursery; we have just received Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted inspection.”

      Read how Early Childhood Studies graduate Hayley set up and manages her own nursery.

    • Get involved

      An Early Years society is run by students through the Students Union and they organise events, talks and trips related to the course.  In addition to this there are often events organised that you are invited to attend, such as the Annual Children’s Lecture, Careers conference, volunteering opportunities

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional costs

    Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel. There are a number of recommended texts to buy during your studies.

    The typical price of course books for each year is as follows:

    • First year: approximately £100
    • Second year: approximately £60
    • Third year: approximately £40

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional costs

    Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel. There are a number of recommended texts to buy during your studies.

    The typical price of course books for each year is as follows:

    • First year: approximately £100
    • Second year: approximately £60
    • Third year: approximately £40

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Courses offered on a part time basis are an excellent way of gaining a qualification around a busy home life or job. The University of Northampton recognises that many of our students have family and work commitments and offer various courses on a part time study basis, working flexibly around your requirements.

    A lot of our courses can be completed part-time, so you can fit your studies around your life. The majority of part-time and professional courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Our brand new £330 million campus.

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