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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Study the perceptions and realities of children and early childhood around the world, with the opportunity to complete an Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate and take part in field trips in the UK and Europe.

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      UCAS Code: L520
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Sociology and Social Sciences
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      Life comes at us fast in our early years, shaping the perceptions and realities of children and early childhood in our society and across the world. The nature of childhood, of young children and their families, and the provision made for them are explored in this degree, designed to respond to developments in the field of early childhood, both nationally and internationally. The programme is for anyone with an interest in children’s early years development, and those wanting a career working with children aged 0-8. The degree prepares you for employment in the expanding early years sector, equips you with a range of transferable skills and includes field trips in the UK and Europe. It also provides the opportunity for you to achieve an additional qualification, the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate (ECGPC).

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      What will I study?

      In Year 1 you start with an introduction to early childhood studies which gives you the conceptual tools for your analysis in Years 2 and 3. You will be able to put your course into a broad context of world development and change as well as gaining a basic introduction to social and developmental psychology, social policy and education studies.

      You will have the additional opportunity to enrol on the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate (ECGPC) in Year 1 which you will continue to complete across all three years of your degree. The ECGPC will begin to develop your practitioner competencies through the completion of an initial work placement and the production of a portfolio.

      Year 2 develops your academic and research skills in early childhood studies and investigates contemporary perspectives on early childhood education and care. Optional modules enable you to explore a range of subjects in early childhood studies, early years education, health and social care, or social work. You can also continue to work towards the ECGPC, undertaking further work placements and using the knowledge you are gaining from your modules to add to your portfolio.

      Year 3 focuses on critical theory and practice in the key areas of the early years sector, including education, social services and social work with children and their families and the principles of working with young children in an anti-oppressive and inclusive way. There is the opportunity to study early childhood education and care in an international context, take part in an international field trip, complete a supervised dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice, as well as completing your work towards the ECGPC.

      How will I study?

      The 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 will I 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 me?

      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.


      The Department of Social Sciences is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary facilities for Social Sciences students.

      The building features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      SPY1102Child Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits)

      Child Developmental and Social Psychology identifies and explores the major issues and debates of relevance to early childhood studies and childhood & youth studies within the discipline of psychology. In considering the importance and impact of developmental psychology on the study of childhood and youth, the module focuses on cognitive development, attachment theory, personality theories and views of intelligence in psychology. It additionally addresses key perspectives in social psychology including theoretical perspectives concerning social identity and group processes, psychological explanations of aggression and attitude, and wider interpersonal influences.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY1103Children and Young People in Society (20 credits)

      Children and Young People in Society explores both historical and contemporary dimensions of childhood and youth. The module introduces the idea that childhood is a social construction dependent on the history, cultural values and power structure of the society in which children live. You will consider the way in which the social, economic, political, scientific, legal and institutional contexts in which children have lived and live today shapes their experience of childhood. The module challenges some commonly held beliefs about children and the institutionalisation of childhood. It also provides a personal development programme that will develop essential academic skills including time management, academic reading and writing, information retrieval, critical thinking and analysis.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      EYT1003Early Years Pedagogy (20 credits)

      Early Years Pedagogy will help you to understand the fundamental principles that underpin early years pedagogy by exploring a range of concepts from the pioneers of early years education, together with the impact of this on current early years provision. You will also research the history of early years education as well as the development of children’s rights with consideration of the impact on the early years curriculum. You will examine and evaluate a number of key educational theorists and their associated ideas, comparing and contrasting these in order to understand the educational context and principles of teaching.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY1107Exploring the Social World (20 credits)

      Exploring the Social World offers an opportunity for you to explore your personal beliefs and attitudes towards a range of social issues. Visiting speakers will talk to you about particular issues and related social campaigns. Working in teams, you will choose a social issue to focus on and you will be introduced to basic research skills so that you can look further into them. You will be supported in collecting, describing and evaluating a range of materials and you will use your findings in order to design a leaflet and poster campaign in support of (or in opposition to) your chosen issue.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY1104Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare (20 credits)

      Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare provides an overview of some of the key areas of social policy and welfare, such as education, health, employment, poverty and child welfare. The module offers a critical introduction to key approaches to the development of social welfare policy and the political ideologies that have influenced it in historical and contemporary perspective, exploring how these approaches to the provision of welfare compare and contrast with one another. You will also discover different philosophical and ideological understandings of key concepts in social policy, including equality, rights, liberty, social justice and deservingness and how they have – and might – influence the development and implementation of contemporary social policy.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY1106Working with Young Children and Families (20 credits)

      Working with Young Children and Families introduces you to notions of professional work with children and young people including issues around inter-professional working, law and policy. The module will introduce issues for discussion which may arise when working with young people as a professional and begin to unpick the contrasting notions of professionalism and managerialism. You will focus on the contexts of working collaboratively with children, young people and their families and will introduce a variety of areas, for example education, training work and care, health and well-being, safeguarding and child protection, play and learning. The module will also begin to deal with issues such as equality and diversity, children’s rights and participation, and principles of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice. It is designed to enable you to examine work with young people from theoretical, policy, legal and practice perspectives.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You have the option to learn a language and study Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied in Year 1 instead of SPY1107 Exploring the Social World.

      TLC1010Language 1 (20 credits)

      TLC1010 Language 1 is ideal if you want to learn a new language, or further develop your current language skills, as an integrated element of your degree. You can study French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish (subject to minimum numbers for your preferred language). Delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, the module will be taught in an interactive, communicative manner, using authentic materials in the target language. Emphasis will be placed on all four areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will play an active role in the weekly two-hour classes, engaging in role-plays, short conversations, videos, authentic texts and listening materials. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your own learning needs. On enrolment to the module, you will complete a language induction form and be placed into a language level group appropriate for your prior knowledge of your chosen language. Please note, while we will endeavour to accommodate varying language levels per module, this is not always possible. While you can join the module with some prior experience of your target language, you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in.

      Assessment: Coursework: 85%, Practical(s): 15%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      SPY2120Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (20 credits)

      Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care recognises that early childhoods in the UK have become increasingly institutionalised with more and more very young children spending time in some form of childcare provision. This module invites you to consider what this means for both the children in such settings and the practitioners who work there. The module introduces you to policy and practice in the UK and looks in detail and with a critical focus at various elements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to investigate how UK provision contributes to constructions of early childhood.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2121Research Methods One (20 credits)

      Research Methods One provides you with an important grounding in social research methods. The module gives you an overview of the fundamental aspects of social research including philosophical approaches to knowledge production, literature searching, sampling and ethics. It addresses both quantitative and qualitative approaches. You will have the opportunity to choose a topic and design, conduct and report on a piece of your own research. This will involve the use of a range of different methods including interviews and questionnaires and you will be supported in this process through the module’s seminar programme.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select four of the following optional modules:

      SPY2123Child Welfare, Family and the State (20 credits)

      Child Welfare, Family and the State provides you with the opportunity to explore the focus and structure of child protection and welfare services for children and young people. The module considers the complexity of the relationship between the state, the family and the child in the context of children and young people’s welfare and well-being. You will be given the opportunity to explore and assess key legislation and policy initiatives that focus on child welfare and the protection of children and consider their influence on practice with children and their families.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2125Children, Food and Sustainability (20 credits)

      Children, Food and Sustainability examines children’s food practices, environmental issues and the links between the two. The module introduces the analysis of children’s food practices and relations with animals and the environment under the rubric of understanding connections between children, childhood and nature. Themes to be studied include food practices in schools, food poverty, children and climate change and child-animal relations. These topics provide rich areas for investigating important developments in early childhood studies including children’s agency, voice and rights, in addition to children’s health, childhood consumption and children’s ethical engagement with the natural world. The module also illuminates debates on educational philosophy and explores childhood as a time and space for democratic and ecological renewal.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2124Children's Cultural Worlds (20 credits)

      Children’s Cultural Worlds introduces you to some of the ways in which children experience and organise their social worlds. You will learn about a variety of children’s cultural practices from this perspective such as their play, friendships, family, sexuality, food, literature and language practices. In order to do this you will study a range of research which has taken a ‘naturalistic’ approach to children’s cultural practices. Naturalistic studies are those which seek to remain faithful to the nature of the phenomena which they investigate. In the study of human social life, this requires being faithful to how the people we study actually experience things. It involves refusing to impose our own views on other people but trying to gain an appreciation of how they look at things, how they understand things and how they organise their lives from their own points of view. This module will help you to develop this particular analytic sensibility.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2140Early Years Specialism (20 credits)

      Early Years Specialism explores various contrasting philosophies and theories of development and learning within the field of early years education and care. There will be a focus on the investigation of both traditional and contemporary theories which will support your understanding of how children develop and learn best. On successful completion of the module you will be able to recognise and identify key patterns of behaviour displayed by children in early years settings, and be able to explain how you might further support them in order to make good progress.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2141Professional and Personal Reflective Development (20 credits)

      Professional and Personal Reflective Development prepares you to reflect on your learning and development and supports you in recognising the importance of being a critical, reflective practitioner within the early years workforce. You will have the opportunity to develop resilient, reflective, critically analytical, proactive strategies to enable you to meet the diverse needs of very young children. In this module you will identify a current issue within early years practice to support your professional development and employability. The module is focused upon fostering an understanding of the important role of an early years practitioner working with very young children.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2126Promoting Equality in Childhood (20 credits)

      Promoting Equality in Childhood provides you with an overview of strategies to promote equality and social justice for children in institutional settings. The module will explore processes of discrimination and oppression and focus on the ways in which practitioners and those working with children and families might promote equality and raise children’s awareness of issues relating to diversity and equality. You will also focus on policy and practice with those who might be considered to come from some of the most marginalised sections of society and enhance your appreciation of the importance of anti-oppressive practice in working with such children, young people and their families.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2128Representations of Childhood and Youth in Popular Culture (20 credits)

      Representations of Childhood and Youth in Popular Culture explores and analyses the ways in which childhood and youth are represented in popular culture in historical and contemporary genres. These representations will be examined in the context of popular culture about, and specifically for, children and young people. A critical approach will be adopted by drawing on theoretical perspectives including cultural theory and constructions of childhood and youth. In taking this approach, consideration will be given to representations of social divisions such as age, gender, sexuality, race and disability. Areas of study will include children as adventurers and heroes, children and young people in war and conflict, representations of children and young people’s experiences of education, and the globalisation of childhood.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      SPY2122Research Methods Two (20 credits)

      Research Methods Two enhances your knowledge of social research and your skills in applying this knowledge. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of methodologies and methods including a variety of innovative approaches to social research, such as visual methods. An introduction to evaluation is also provided. You will get the opportunity to carry out your own innovative research project using photography. This will be on a topic of your choice and you will be given support to design and carry this out through the module’s seminar programme.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2127Work-based Learning and Employability 1 (20 credits)

      Work-based Learning and Employability 1 is designed to bridge the world of higher education with the world of work. You will develop a critical understanding of the changing context of work and of social, economic and political factors shaping the labour market and contemporary patterns of employment. There will be an opportunity to apply theory and disciplinary specialist knowledge to practical experience within a work-based setting with students undertaking a 60 hour placement. You will also enhance and develop a range of transferable skills to enhance your employability.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      If you studied a Language module in Year 1, or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      TLC2000Language 2 (20 credits)

      TLC2000 Language 2 enables you to build on and develop your previous language knowledge in French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish. You must have either studied the prior language module in the previous year of your degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge of your target language (though you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in). The language levels available will be determined by the continuation of corresponding groups from module TLC1010 Language 1. You will gain the language skills necessary to become a more proficient user of the language. Classes will be taught in an interactive and communicative manner using authentic materials to promote meaningful communication. They will be conducted in the target language as much as possible. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other communication skills. Other work will include a variety of tasks which may be completed in the Language Centre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 85%, Practical(s): 15%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      SPY3102Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Contemporary Issues in the Early Years establishes contexts for critically understanding young children’s developmental issues and the disciplinary frameworks that inform and underpin services for children. Topics include the new sociology of childhood, masculinities and fatherhood and a focus on the recent work of Peter Moss. With an applied focus on the concept of ‘quality’ in early years provision, you will be encouraged to move from a characterisation of quality as the measurement of predetermined outcomes to a model of quality that privileges process and partnership between key stake holders.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      SPY3100Dissertation (40 credits)

      Dissertation provides an opportunity for you to engage in an independent study of a relevant area of social science area of your choice, supported by tutorial guidance and supervision to deliver an extended piece of writing.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select three of the following optional modules:

      SPY3105Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services (20 credits)

      Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services enables you to critically examine the world of children’s education. Lying at its heart is the claim that education is a political activity which confronts a range of issues to do with ideology, politics and values which in themselves function at a variety of different levels of power, status and influence. Themes of the module include the marketisation of education, the equal opportunities trap, educational philosophy, and globalisation and education. You will focus on competing discursive narratives which demonstrate the intensely political nature of education, teaching and learning.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      ECS3001Creative and Musical Early Childhood (20 credits)

      Creative and Musical Early Childhood is focused on creative and expressive arts and music for early years. Within this module you will be required to reflect upon the benefits of creativity and musicality in early childhood. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the creative and musical nature of early interaction and communication, as well as the role of art and music in social and emotional development and learning. Throughout the module, you will reflect on the links between theory and practice and have the opportunity to analyse your experiences in a manner that matches your style of learning.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3048Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)

      Critical Autism Studies adopts a critical approach to understanding autism and seeks to challenge the dominant medical model of neurological deficit. Rather than viewing autism as a cognitive development disability, you will be encouraged to consider it as a naturally occurring form of cognitive diversity. The module will examine the argument that autism has been constructed as a neurobiological deficit in a context of neurotypicality or cognitive normality. Understanding autism as neurodiversity opens up spaces for more positive interpretations of autistic people’s experiences, skills and identities. The module is underpinned and, in part, informed by, research by members of the programme team which is focused on areas of sexuality and autism and, specifically, what professionals and care workers should do when providing support for people whose intellectual disability or mental condition makes their consent – being informed, competent and free from coercion – legally unreliable.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3106Critical Perspectives on Children's Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)

      Critical Perspectives on Children’s Health and Wellbeing presents you with the opportunity to explore key social, political and cultural perspectives on children’s health and wellbeing. In recent years, health programmes have focused on promoting good physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing by encouraging children, young people and their families to develop healthy lifestyles and, in doing so, tackle health inequalities. Opportunities will be provided to reflect upon current legislation, policy and the socio-political and cultural influences that impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. A key feature of the module will be its emphasis on the position of children and young people’s voices in theory, policy, research and practice and their participation in the decisions that impact their lives.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3128Graduate Practitioner Professional and Reflective Practice (20 credits)

      Graduate Practitioner Professional and Reflective Practice provides you with the opportunity to integrate early childhood theory and policy with practice experience. You will compile a portfolio that evidences a number of competencies relating to early years practice. Successful completion of the module will mean that you are eligible for the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate, which is endorsed by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network. You will also be eligible to enter the early years education workforce as a Level 3 practitioner.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3103International Perspectives on Early Childhood, Education and Care (20 credits)

      International Perspectives on Early Childhood, Education and Care investigates the way in which childhood and family are understood and shaped in different countries by policy and practice. You will compare provision and policy in different countries and develop a critical and comparative approach in order to understand the way in which what we provide for children and families in terms of education, health and social care is influenced by, and influences how, we see the place of children and the role of the family in particular societies.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3107Issues for Professional Practice (20 credits)

      Issues for Professional Practice involves a critical examination of professions, professional identity and professional practice in the context of welfare, health and education services for children, families and adults. The module will provide you with the opportunity to consider and critically analyse the meaning and development of professionalisation, frameworks for ‘best practice’ and the implications of current policy and strategies for intervention. The module will enable you to critically engage with such ideas, concepts and issues as professional power, partnership, developmentalism, inter-professional and multi-agency working, in addition to anti-oppressive, reflective and ‘critical practice’. The aim is to provide opportunities for critical analysis of the links and relationships between theory and practice and to encourage the use of learning from previous experience and learning.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      ECS3000Perspectives and Practice in Forest School Education (20 credits)

      Perspectives and Practice in Forest School Education enables you to develop the knowledge and practical skills that are integral to UK Forest School Education in early years. You will study key theoretical perspectives, practical woodland skills, den building, fire lighting, safety and base camp essentials. You will consider how learning and development can be promoted through the stimulating provision of a Forest School outdoor classroom environment. The module will explore risk management, care of children and the environment, ensuring you are fully equipped to deliver a range of safe, high quality Forest School activities to children in line with Health and Safety policies and procedures.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3113Researching Early Childhood (20 credits)

      Researching Early Childhood recognises that engaging in the process of research is essential for both the academic and professional development of those working in early years. In this module you will be introduced to a range of qualitative research methods which have been used to study aspects of early childhood. You will explore what is meant by ‘research’ from philosophical, ethical and practical perspectives. You will be guided in the development of a research proposal and report on an area of investigation that is of real interest to them. As such this module provides a foundation for future professional practice or postgraduate research.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3101Self-Directed Study (20 credits)

      Self-Directed Study enables you to look in depth at a theme or issue covered over the duration of your programme of study. The module involves identifying a chosen area for study, developing and negotiating a learning contract (which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period), as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning. You will be assigned a module supervisor who will help you to develop the negotiated learning and agree the nature of the assessment.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3104Social Work with Children and Families: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 credits)

      Social Work with Children and Families: Theory, Policy and Practice provides you with an understanding of the role of social work in children and young people’s services. The module will examine the way that the needs of children impact on their position in family and society and how this impact affects theirs and their families/carers’ ability to navigate and articulate their experiences. The implications these features have for children and for family social work practice, relating to both safeguarding and family support roles, will be explored.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3125Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)

      Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions provides you with the opportunity to intensively study a particular society and culture through some of its contemporary issues. The module allows for the comparative cultural analysis of a different society to the one you live in, focused around some preparatory lectures and reflective sessions and an intensive study trip to that country. The focus of the study trip will be to explore both comparisons and contrasts, and use the experience of difference to explore social and cultural issues and problems.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3127Work-based Learning and Employability 2 (20 credits)

      Work-based Learning and Employability 2 is designed to bridge the world of higher education with the world of work. You will develop a critical understanding of issues related to organisational structure, leadership and culture. There will be an opportunity to apply theory and disciplinary specialist knowledge to practical experience within a work-based setting through undertaking a 60 hour placement. You will develop your personal and professional profiles through continuous reflection on practice using student-centred learning opportunities. Throughout the module you will also develop your employability profile in preparation for career entry.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      TLC3000Language 3 (20 credits)

      TLC3000 Language 3 further enhances your language skills in French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish and introduces you to a new culture and way of life. It is suitable if you have studied the prior language module in the previous year of your degree or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge of your target language (though you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in). The language levels available will be determined by the continuation of corresponding groups from module TLC2000 Language 2. You will develop language skills to a level of proficiency that will enable you to spend time living or working abroad. Classes will be conducted as much as possible in the target language. They will be taught in an interactive, communicative manner, using authentic materials in the target language. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other skills. Other work will include a variety of tasks which may be completed in the Language Centre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 85%, Practical(s): 15%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BCC-BBC;
      • 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.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      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 or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      You will be prepared for a career in the early years sector, social services, education, health authorities, voluntary sector, private sector, further specialist study and postgraduate studies. The programme is designed to enhance employability and future work opportunities in a range of areas.

      Achieving an Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Certificate (ECGPC) alongside your degree will significantly enhance your employability. You will gain more than 80 hours of work experience and be able to present a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your achievement of key competencies. The ECGPC enables you to enter the jobs market for roles requiring an early education professional up to level 6, placing you at a significant advantage to graduates without the certificate.

      How can I enhance my employability?

      It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

      Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

      • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
      • Studying Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
      • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

      Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit. This is equivalent to £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

      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.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide for your intended mode of study.

      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 should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


      How to Apply

      If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

      If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

      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

      Visit Us

      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      International students should visit or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      30th June 2021 - Change of Module

      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.

      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Education and Childcare T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      Covid-19 - Early Childhood Studies Essential Information

      Early Childhood Studies Course Statement

      Weekly delivery to consist of up to six hours of on-site teaching supported by eight hours of online learning comprising synchronous (seminars and tutorials) and asynchronous (lectures, learning activities and discussion boards) learning activities and academic support.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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