Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
UCAS code: L520
What is the nature of childhood? Is it different around the world? Study early childhood studies with us to explore international perceptions and realities of childhood. Expand your learning further on field trips across the UK and Europe.
|Course length:||3 years full-time
6 years part-time
|Start dates:||September 2023
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
|Example offers:||BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria|
|Subject(s):||Sociology and Social Sciences|
|Faculty:||Arts and Sciences|
|Department:||History, Geography and Social Sciences|
Life comes at us fast in our early years. On this early childhood studies degree, you’ll explore the nature of childhood, of young children and their families, and the provision made for them. We’ll look at the latest developments in the field from all over the world.
There are lots of job opportunities in the early years sector. The early childhood studies course will help you expand your interest in children’s early years development, or prepare for a career working with children aged 0-8.
You’ll develop transferable skills throughout your degree. This opens up a range of career or further study options, beyond working with early years.
You’ll go on field trips in the UK and Europe. You’ll also have the chance to achieve an Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate (ECGPC) – this will allow you to enter the job market for professional early education roles up to level 6. You’ll be a step ahead of graduates who don’t have the certificate.
Watch this video to learn more about our early childhood studies degree.
International students can apply
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
The degree starts with an introduction to early childhood studies to equip you with the analysis tools you need for Year 2 and 3. We’ll talk about childhood in the broad context of world development and change. We’ll also introduce you to social and developmental psychology, social policy, and education studies. In Year 1, you can enrol on the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate (ECGPC) which you’ll complete across all three years of your degree.
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Year 2 of the early childhood studies degree is about developing your academic and research skills and investigating contemporary perspectives on early childhood education and care. With optional modules, you can explore a range of topics in early childhood studies including early years education, health and social care, or social work. If you’re working towards the ECGPC, you’ll do more work placements and use the knowledge you’re gaining from your modules to add to your portfolio.
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Year 3 of the early childhood studies course lets you focus on critical theory and practice of the early years sector, including education, social services, and social work with children and their families. Explore ways of working with young children in an anti-oppressive and inclusive way. In this year you can also study early childhood education and care in an international context, take part in an international field trip, complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice, and complete your ECGPC.
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Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
The early childhood studies programme is taught via lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, small group work and tutorials. Sessions are often interactive and make use of tutor and student presentations, video recordings, newspaper articles, ICT-based learning and research evidence. The emphasis is on student-centred learning, which encourages you to raise questions, evaluate sources, critique theoretical debate and develop your own analyses.
All students can choose to build a national and a European field trip into their optional studies. This involves an intensive, brief period of study in London and/or a major European city such as Amsterdam.
How you'll be assessed
Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods, such as essays, case studies, portfolios, poster and oral presentations, analysis of interview findings, completion of directed tasks, and enquiry reports.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.
Who will be teaching you
Staff are engaged in cutting-edge research in a number of crucial areas of social science, including subjects of contemporary significance, such as child protection, disability, mental health and sexuality and gender studies.
Your degree will be supplemented by a series of research seminars and other talks. These will feature academic staff and visiting guest speakers from a range of professions and organisations.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.
Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.
Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences is based in the Geosciences building. The contemporary facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.
The Geosciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There is also a large social area which encourages a more informal and interactive style of learning.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
This course will help you prepare for a wide range of careers, in areas like:
- the early years sector
- social services
- health authorities
- the voluntary sector
- the private sector
You’ll have specialist knowledge of children’s development from ages 0-8, and transferrable skills that will help you in any role. You might also like to complete further specialist study and postgraduate studies.
Achieving an Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate (ECGPC) alongside your degree could significantly enhance your employability and bring you more opportunities. You will have over 80 hours of work experience, as well as a portfolio of evidence to show what you’re capable of.
Having the ECGPC means you can apply for roles requiring an early education professional up to level 6. You’ll be at a real advantage compared to graduates without the certificate.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
The following Year 1 modules were removed:
- SPY1102 Child Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits)
- SPY1103 Children and Young People in Society (20 credits)
- EYT1003 Early Years Pedagogy (20 credits)
- SPY1107 Exploring the Social World (20 credits)
- SPY1104 Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare (20 credits)
- SPY1106 Working with Young Children and Families (20 credits)
The following Year 1 modules were added:
- SPY1126 Introduction to Child Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits)
- SPY1127 Children and Young People in Society (20 credits)
- SPY1130 Early Years Pedagogy (20 credits)
- SPY1120 Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare (20 credits)
- SPY1128 Working with Young Children and Families (20 credits)
- SPY1122 Exploring the Social World (20 credits)
The following Year 2 modules were removed:
- SPY2120 Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (20 credits)
- SPY2121 Research Methods One (20 credits)
- SPY2123 Child Welfare, Family and the State (20 credits)
- SPY2125 Children, Food and Sustainability (20 credits)
- SPY2124 Children's Cultural Worlds (20 credits)
- SPY2140 Early Years Specialism (20 credits)
- SPY2141 Professional and Personal Reflective Development (20 credits)
- SPY2126 Promoting Equality in Childhood (20 credits)
- SPY2128 Representations of Childhood and Youth in Popular Culture (20 credits)
- SPY2122 Research Methods Two (20 credits)
- SPY2127 Work-based Learning and Employability 1 (20 credits)
The following Year 2 modules were added:
- SPY2160 Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (20 credits)
- SPY2150 Becoming a Social Researcher (20 credits)
- SPY2161 Children, Family and the State (20 credits)
- SPY2159 Children, Food and Sustainability (20 credits)
- SPY2158 Children’s Cultural Worlds (20 credits)
- SPY2164 Early Years Specialism (20 credits)
- SPY2126 Promoting Equality in Childhood (20 credits)
- SPY2157 Representations of Childhood and Popular Culture (20 credits)
- SPY2153 Doing Social Research (20 credits)
- SPY2154 Work-based learning and Employability 1 (20 credits)
The following Year 3 modules were removed:
- SPY3102 Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (20 credits)
- SPY3100 Dissertation (40 credits)
- SPY3105 Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services (20 credits)
- ECS3001 Creative and Musical Early Childhood (20 credits)
- SPY3048 Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3106 Critical Perspectives on Children's Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
- SPY3128 Graduate Practitioner Professional and Reflective Practice (20 credits)
- SPY3103 International Perspectives on Early Childhood, Education and Care (20 credits)
- SPY3107 Issues for Professional Practice (20 credits)
- ECS3000 Perspectives and Practice in Forest School Education (20 credits)
- SPY3113 Researching Early Childhood (20 credits)
- SPY3101 Self-Directed Study (20 credits)
- SPY3104 Social Work with Children and Families: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
- SPY3125 Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)
- SPY3127 Work-based Learning and Employability 2 (20 credits)
The following Year 3 modules were added:
- SPY3150 Contemporary Issues in the Early Childhood, Education and Care (20 credits)
- SPY3140 Dissertation (40 credits)
- SPY3152 Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services (20 credits)
- SPY3144 Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3153 Critical Perspectives on Children’s Health and Well-being (20 credits)
- SPY3155 Graduate Practitioner Professional and Reflective Practice (20 credits)
- SPY3156 International Perspectives on Early Childhood, Education and Care (20 credits)
- SPY3147 Issues of Professional Practice (20 credits)
- SPY3158 Self-Directed Study (20 credits)
- SPY3151 Social Work with Children, Young People and Families (20 credits)
- SPY3148 European Field Trip (20 credits)
- SPY3146 Work-based learning and Employability 2 (20 credits)
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.
With effect from 1 August 2022, the Department of Social Sciences will become the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences. The new department will be based in the Geosciences building.
SPY1107 Exploring the Social World (20 credits) replaces SPY1115 Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 1.