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BA (Hons) Working and Teaching in the Early Years

Develop a broad, balanced knowledge and understanding of the principles of working with children aged from birth to seven years, gaining experience in a variety of Early Years settings.

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      UCAS Code: XX32
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      This course has been mapped against the DfE Early Childhood Subject Benchmark Statement (Quality Assurance Agency, 2019), which means that our graduates meet all requirements identified in the Department for Education’s List of Approved Qualifications and can be counted in the staff:child ratios of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

      What you learn during your early years (0-7) lays the foundation for all future development. Discovering the holistic nature and complexities of children’s learning and development from birth to seven years, this degree enables you to become a highly effective early years practitioner. You will engage with research at the forefront of current early years policy and practice, trace the most important developments that have shaped the contemporary early years landscape, and gain real experience in a diverse selection of work-based settings. This innovative programme encourages creative thinking as you contribute to the content of specific modules, co-producing and co-delivering your chosen theme or topic alongside the teaching team. The personal and transferable skills and professional attributes you acquire will make you stand out to prospective employers.

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      What will I study?

      In Year 1 you will focus on how key theories of human development are reflected in the early years context. You will also be introduced to key concepts in teaching and the pedagogy of the early years. You will learn about the curriculum frameworks that guide the work of early years practitioners and explore issues around diversity and the inclusive nature of early years settings. There will also be the opportunity to engage in work-based or work-related learning experiences with the support of our programme team.

      Year 2 modules will build on your previous knowledge and provide you with an opportunity to explore issues from a critical perspective. You will learn about the importance of supporting children’s language and communication skills, explore the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice and start to think about a proposal for your final research project in Year 3. You will continue to be supported in identifying a work-based or work-related learning experience that would enable you to build your individual professional portfolio.

      Year 3 will give you more understanding of the effective ways of working with families as well as giving you a chance to engage in a discussion of leadership in the early years. Working on a research project will form a major part of your studies, while you will also have an opportunity to choose from a variety of optional modules to support your preferred career pathway.

      How will I study?

      You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based placements or work-related learning experience.

      How will I 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 me?

      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.


      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.


      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:

      TEY1002Healthy Child and Early Learning (20 credits)

      Healthy Child and Early Learning recognises that health and well-being in the Early Years is shaped by both internal and external systems that impact children’s learning throughout their lifespan. In meeting the government’s aspiration for a more physically active and healthier nation, the module has been designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the impact of health issues on the learning and development of babies and young children. The module guides you in identifying and explaining factors that can derail and disrupt development and learning in the Early Years, enabling you to gain skills in examining the physical, psycho-social and cultural theories and practices that underpin babies and children’s health. You will also explore different Early Years pedagogies in terms of teaching children about their health.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY1004Introduction to the Early Years Curriculum and Safeguarding (20 credits)

      Introduction to the Early Years Curriculum and Safeguarding develops your knowledge and understanding related to the notions of curriculum pedagogy, teaching and the key aspects of safeguarding. The module focuses on theoretical and practical approaches to the prime and specific areas of learning as well as the key aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) such as characteristics of effective teaching and learning, safeguarding, Early Learning Goals and their assessment, as well as children’s progression to Key Stage 1 and the requirements of the National Curriculum. The module emphasises the importance of care and educational experiences on children’s learning and development.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY1003Teaching and Learning Through Play (20 credits)

      Teaching and Learning Through Play equips you with an understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin early years pedagogy by exploring a range of concepts from the pioneers of Early Years education and assessing their impact on current early years provision.  You will examine and evaluate a number of key approaches to teaching, comparing and contrasting these in order to understand their appropriateness to the Early Years context. The module also enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of the key theories of play, as well as the role of play and how ‘playful pedagogies’ can support children’s learning and development.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY1000The Child as a Competent Learner: Theoretical Perspectives (20 credits)

      The Child as a Competent Learner: Theoretical Perspectives equips you with essential knowledge and understanding of the key theories, principles, processes and concepts relating to the development of young children generally and in specific developmental domains. The module introduces you to the perception of babies and young children as competent and complex learners. It also develops your ability to challenge certain assumptions on child development through reflection and discussion. In this sense, the module serves as the first stepping stone in the process of developing your skills as critical and reflective learners.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY1001Young Children in a Diverse Society (20 credits)

      Young Children in a Diverse Society introduces you to the key aspects of inclusive Early Years environments with a focus on children’s diverse needs and the strategies employed by practitioners within Early Years settings to ensure these needs are met. You will be introduced to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice and the issues of safeguarding. This module explores the theoretical background to inclusion, encompassing historical perspectives and policy direction, placing emphasis on current government policy. You will engage in research and group discussions of the concepts of diversity, stereotyping and discrimination.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      TEY1005Work-Based Learning in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Work-Based Learning in the Early Years provides you with an opportunity to gain an insight into the Early Years workplace within an educational environment that offers provision for children between the ages of birth to seven. The module provides a crucial real-life context to help you see how some of the theoretical perspectives within the programme are implemented in practice. The module helps you to acquire relevant Early Years experience that will enhance your employability.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY1006Work-Related Learning in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Work-Related Learning in the Early Years provides you with an opportunity to explore the Early Years sector from a work-related perspective. The module provides a crucial real-life context to help you research and understand how some of the theoretical perspectives presented within the programme are implemented in practice. You will gain relevant work-related knowledge and understanding of the Early Years sector and consider its potential trajectories into the future. You will begin to explore a specific work-related aspect of Early Years of your choice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      TEY2001Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Contemporary Issues in the Early Years considers some of the specific challenges that young children might face during their lives in the UK and across the globe, focusing on the issues of children’s rights, safeguarding and relevant legislation. The module will enable you to critically analyse current policies and frameworks, exploring both theory and practice that are influenced by contemporary debates within education. You will consider how these contemporary issues impact on how teachers and practitioners begin to develop pedagogical approaches to the early years curricula. The module also provides you with the opportunity to choose your own focus for a session and deliver the session to your peers with support from a tutor.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY2004Early Years Curriculum in Practice (20 credits)

      Early Years Curriculum in Practice enables you to further develop your knowledge and understanding in relation to the Early Years curriculum and principles of teaching. The module investigates further theoretical and practical approaches to the prime and specific areas of learning, as well as to the key aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  A particular emphasis will be placed on teaching models for different areas of learning, managing children’s transitions and principles of quality early years provision. You will critique Early Years curriculum assessment approaches through comparing and contrasting current research sources on different curricula. The module enables you to conduct a detailed investigation of children’s progression to Key Stage 1 and study the requirements of the National Curriculum.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY2003Early Years Practitioners as Researchers (20 credits)

      Early Years Practitioners as Researchers helps you to understand and apply some of the key principles of academic research to different areas of the Early Years context as well as to identify and justify suitability of specific research methods and techniques. The module will also provide you with opportunities to explore a variety of currently published research papers and evaluate the impact of research findings on different aspects of Early Years practice. The aim is to enable you to identify your own research interests in preparation for undertaking your own research project.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY2002Inclusive Practice to Support SEND in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Inclusive Practice to Support SEND in the Early Years will deepen your understanding of current government policy relating to inclusive practice. The module promotes the importance of applying inclusive principles to specific categories of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in order to achieve positive outcomes for all young children. You will be encouraged to explore issues relating to early identification, intervention and collaborative approaches, as well as the impact of specific conditions on the strategies of working with and teaching young children.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY2000Language and Communication in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Language and Communication in the Early Years focuses on the role of language and communication within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and Key Stage 1. The module also examines the link between language and learning for babies, toddlers and young children. You will explore key theories about language and language acquisition within an evolutionary context and consider how social and cognitive development supports language development. Other key features of the module include investigating strengthening knowledge of language development to support early reading, developing and articulating your own teaching strategies to support language development in children from birth to seven, and exploring how both indoor and outdoor environments can be planned to support effective language development.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      TEY2005Work-Based Learning and Employability in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Work-Based Learning and Employability in the Early Years provides you with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Early Years sector. You will gain experience in a specific Early Years workplace within an educational environment  that has provision for children between the ages of birth and seven years old. In addition to providing a crucial real-life context for your studies, the module focuses on practical strategies to help you secure successful employment upon completion of this programme.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY2006Work-Related Learning and Employability in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Work-Related Learning and Employability in the Early Years focuses on practical strategies to help you secure employment upon graduation. This includes exploring job opportunities within the Early Years workforce, considering the needs of all stakeholders, personal professional development, reflective practice, job interview techniques, writing job applications, and creating an impressive CV. You will also conduct a detailed critical analysis of a specific work environment within the Early Years context.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      TEY3002Educational Leadership in the Early Years: Research and Practice (20 credits)

      Educational Leadership in the Early Years: Research and Practice explores the issues of educational leadership in the Early Years context. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership and management and investigate the wider issues facing Early Years professionals in the current social and political environment. Examining the impact of social and political changes on the Early Years profession, you will critique the significant questions relating to the aims, values and principles of Early Years leadership and management both in theory and in practice. The module also introduces you to the theories of change management to enable you to respond to change in a positive and constructive manner and design your own models of leading change.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY3001International Early Years Pedagogies (20 credits)

      International Early Years Pedagogies enables you to critically analyse multiple perspectives on the conceptualisation of an early childhood pedagogy from a global dimension. You will compare policy and practice in selected countries to investigate, evaluate and challenge current Early Years pedagogies. Investigating how international approaches have influenced pedagogy within the English policy context, you will focus on some of the most currently influential international pedagogies, explore how these approaches have evolved from conceptualisations of the status of childhood within society and consider how this influences the relationship between early childhood and primary education.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY3003Learning Beyond the Classroom (20 credits)

      Learning Beyond the Classroom equips you with a critical awareness of the value that the arts, culture and the environment bring to the early childhood and family experience. The module encourages the development of an analytic sensibility and a sensitivity in the interpretation of children’s cultural experiences so that you will come to recognise the need for reflexivity in your work with children. A range of environments beyond the classroom are explored as vehicles for working with and teaching young children, reflecting on how children’s life experiences are broadened through interaction with the arts, culture, media and the environment.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY3004Researching Work Practice in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Researching Work Practice in the Early Years enables you to critically demonstrate your knowledge and understanding through engagement with a small-scale research project based on an aspect of Early Years practice.  The module provides deeper theoretical and practical insight into an area of significant individual interest. It enables you to demonstrate your ability to justify personal and professional points of view based on your values, knowledge and practical awareness. You will also develop as a lead practitioner in your chosen subject area.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY3000Respectful Relationships with Families and Communities (20 credits)

      Respectful Relationships with Families and Communities equips you with advanced knowledge and understanding of working in collaboration with parents and Early Years practitioners, including multi-disciplinary teams, in the context of an Early Years setting. The module will focus on the application of ‘team’ theory to Early Years settings allowing you to consider current practice from a critical perspective. You will also be able to enhance your understanding of the key aspects of working in partnership with children’s parents, families and communities.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      TEY3005Autism in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Autism in the Early Years enhances your understanding of current government policy relating to inclusive practice with a particular focus on autism. You will explore the impact of autism on young children’s learning and development with the opportunity to develop an understanding of autism spectrum conditions and the application of appropriate teaching strategies and inclusive practice. The module also encourages you to explore issues relating to historical perspectives, diagnosis, interventions, educational provision, collaborative approaches and working for positive outcomes.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY3007Music in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Music in the Early Years requires you to examine and reflect upon musicality in the Early Years and its impact on babies and young children’s learning. You will be introduced to the many facets and roles of musicality in early childhood and reflect upon links with early family life, holistic development, relationships, learning and well-being. You will be encouraged to engage with relevant established theory as well as academic and professional developments in this field, exploring musicality as a vehicle for enhancing teaching strategies.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY3008Setting Up a Nursery (20 credits)

      Setting Up a Nursery introduces you to the varied landscape of Early Years provision in the UK, with consideration of the private, voluntary and not-for-profit aspects of large, medium and small scale enterprise. You will consider key aspects that underpin high quality provision and investigate how settings and services become sustainable. The module ensures that children’s needs and the quality of service remain paramount considerations as you develop entrepreneurial flair and business acumen by analysing and evaluating successful childcare settings and services with a view to identifying future market opportunities. The module enables you to critically examine business and entrepreneurial models including those ‘for’ and ‘not for’ profit. You will research demand for services and develop a business model in response to your findings.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      TEY3006Technology in the Early Years (20 credits)

      Technology in the Early Years provides a deep understanding for the need to have sound technological, pedagogical and content knowledge to provide high quality experiences to enhance young children’s learning. The module equips you with both the theoretical and practical knowledge to enable you to develop children’s understanding in all areas of the curriculum using digital resources to stimulate interest and learning in a safe and effective manner.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      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, 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.

      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 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.

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      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 may join this programme with a high degree of confidence that you want to work with children aged from birth to 7 years but with some uncertainty as to the precise role or setting that is right for you. This degree is designed to help you identify a potential role within the early years sector, whether working in a children’s centre, day nursery or school, or for a charity, family support unit, local council or playgroup.

      Potential roles include working as an early years practitioner, nursery practitioner, children’s centre practitioner, learning support assistant, family support practitioner, child behaviour mentor, children’s events coordinator, museum educational officer, or as an early years consultant.

      The programme has been developed in collaboration with potential employers in order to ensure that you graduate with the skills, knowledge and attributes required to secure employment in a role where you will be working with children aged from birth to 7 years. Work-based placements and work-related learning opportunities will form an important part of your studies, enabling you to make strong connections with employers from an early stage of your degree.

      Please note, if you wish to be employed as a qualified teacher in mainstream schools, further training will be required on completion of this degree. This programme provides ideal preparation for progressing onto teacher training. You will also be well placed upon graduation to pursue alternative postgraduate study opportunities.


      Tuition Fees

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

      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 at

      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


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      Course Changes

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      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

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

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      Working and Teaching in the Early Years Course Statement

      Delivery for each module will consist of six hours of on-site teaching (delivered accumulatively, where appropriate) supported by a minimum of four hours of online learning comprising synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support.

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