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Working and Teaching in The Early Years, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
This degree explores the world of Early Years. You will focus on the key theoretical perspectives and gain experience in a diverse selection of work-based settings, enabling you to become a highly effective Early Years practitioner. 
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The aim is to equip you with the personal and transferable skills and professional attributes that will make you stand out to prospective employers. Discovering the holistic nature and complexities of children’s learning and development from birth to 7 years, you will engage with research at the forefront of current Early Years policy and practice and trace the advancement of the most important developments that have shaped the contemporary Early Years landscape.

 This innovative programme also enables you to contribute your own ideas to the content of specific modules, working as partners in co-production and co-delivery of your chosen theme or topic alongside the teaching team.

  • Develop a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of working and teaching in the Early Years sector;
  • Gain experience in a range of Early Years settings in preparation for a wide variety of potential career routes.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child As A Competent Learner: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Young Children in a Diverse Society
  • Healthy Child and Early Learning 
  • Teaching and Learning Through Play 
  • Introduction to The Early Years Curriculum and Safeguarding 
  • Work-Based Learning in The Early Years 
  • Work-Related Learning in The Early Years

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will need to demonstrate medical fitness and 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
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