Working and Teaching in the Early Years BA (Hons)
UCAS code: XX32
Learn about the principles of working with children from birth to seven years. Gain practical experience in different early years settings as you work towards a career in the early years sector.
What children learn in their early years can have a huge impact on the rest of their development. On this degree, you’ll explore the complex subject of children’s development and learn to become an effective early years practitioner.
You’ll discover cutting-edge research in early years education and evaluate all the latest developments. We’ll help you think creatively and shape your own education by contributing to how our modules run. And throughout the course, you’ll develop the personal and professional skills employers are looking for.
Covering topics like arts and culture, disability, and language and communication, you’ll explore the complex issues that early years practitioners must think about to help children develop as confident individuals. You can also start to specialise in an area that interests you, choosing your own research topic and selecting an optional module in your final year. You might choose to consider how children’s nurseries are set up, giving you valuable insight for your graduate career.
The course is mapped to Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies and meets the full and relevant DfE criteria to be counted in the staff:child ratios of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
International students can apply
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
We’ll start the course by introducing you to key topics like the early years curriculum, the importance of play in early years teaching, and safeguarding. You’ll learn about theories of child development and explore different approaches to teaching and working with young children. You’ll have the option to see these in action in a real-life setting out on placement.
In Year 2, you’ll start to look at more advanced topics, like the relationship between language and learning for babies and young children, and how to adapt your teaching to be inclusive for children with special educational needs. You’ll also begin to identify areas of the subject that you’re particularly interested in that might be good candidates for further research. An optional work-focused module will help prepare you for your career after graduation.
You’ll advance to topics like leadership, international pedagogies, and the role of cultural experiences. Explore a subject of interest in further depth during your research project, and choose from optional modules that cover topics including autism spectrum conditions, music and its impact on learning, using technology to stimulate curiosity, and the practicalities of setting up a nursery.
Where your course includes optional modules, these are to 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
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based placements or work-related learning experience.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through a combination of written assignments, presentations, portfolios, practice-based tasks and a research project.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.
Who will be teaching you
Well qualified and highly experienced tutors will be teaching on this programme, supplemented by input from external experts. You will be supported in your development by classroom discussions, personal tutorials and targeted individual sessions aimed at enhancing your self-reflective skills in your academic writing.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).
You should also be able to demonstrate experience of working with children aged from birth to seven years in any context.
If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)
|Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
|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
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
Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.
Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.
The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.
Where you'll study
Faculty of Education
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
We created this degree to help you find your path in the early years sector. If you know you want to work with children 0-7 but aren’t sure how, this is a great choice. We’ve worked with employers to make sure the course gives you the skills early years organisations are looking for. We’ll help you work towards a fulfilling career in destinations like:
- children’s centres
- day nurseries
- family support units
- local councils
Throughout your degree, you’ll have lots of contact with employers through placements and other opportunities. You’ll build good connections and have a clearer sense of which roles might be right for you.
If you decide to become a teacher, this course will help you prepare for the further training you’ll need to qualify. At Edge Hill we offer postgraduate teacher training courses that you might like to consider, including PGCE Primary Education with QTS and PGCE Primary Early Years Education with QTS.
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.