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Early Childhood Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The course will support your development in a wide range of professional skills essential for working with children (aged 0-8 years) and families; including those with additional needs.  Across the three years you will gain real-world experience of putting your skills in to practice through a range of work based placements such as; children’s centres, schools, family refuge centres, gallery education teams; play rangers, nurseries, family support teams and special needs schools. To build upon these experiences you will have the opportunity to visit Stockholm; Sweden; an international leader in early years practice. You will be able to witness first-hand how they provide for their children and families across a variety of setting types and develop skills in conducting a comparative study.

You will be supported by lecturers with a wealth of varied professional experience to develop knowledge and understanding of the complex world surrounding young children and their families. Maintaining a focus upon young children and families you will be encouraged to explore areas linked to education, health, social care, psychology, sociology and media studies.  In your first year, you will explore contemporary influences and factors that impact upon children’s lives and how we may use this knowledge to provide the most enabling environment for their development. In addition, you will develop skills to enable you to ‘tune in’ to children to identify and manage individual needs.  

Year two focuses on working with children and their families within 21st-century communities; including those who have been marginalised. In addition, you will investigate how children learn, the characteristics of effective learning and the impact this can have upon their learning dispositions, such as motivation, curiosity, creativity, thinking and self-reflection. 

 In your final year, studying the contemporary issues module will ensure that you enter the workforce knowledgeable of the most recent developments and issues impacting upon professional practice, children and families. You will also be able to choose from optional modules, studying subjects such as: the biological, environmental and sociological factors that influence wellbeing; and the notion that lifelong learning within education is the key means of equipping children to meet the challenges that face them in their 21st-century lives.

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
  • Key skills for university, employment and life
  • Professional Practice in Early Years 
  • The Sociology of Childhood
  • The Psychology of Childhood
  • Special Needs: Listening to Children
  • Students as Researchers
  • Working with Children, Families and Communities
  • Promoting Children's Wellbeing
  • Promoting Children as Competent Learners
  • Professionalism and Legal Responsibilities
  • The Creative and Thinking Child
  • Work Based project/Dissertation
  • Childhood: Contemporary Issues

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:


            The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


            C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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          Academic Requirements

          • 104 tariff points
          • BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            13840 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 13840 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            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 Cheltenham

          • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
            Living Costs

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