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Early Childhood Studies, B.A.

Early Childhood Studies, B.A.

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Play an active role in changing children’s futures through their development. You'll develop skills and a recognised qualification to work with children up to the age of 8 years old including those with additional needs. You will gain real-world experience through a work placement each year. Early Childhood Studies program is delivered by the University of Gloucestershire.


Students develop skills on placements at Belmont school, The Family Haven refuge centre and Battledown Centre for Children & Families. You will also have the opportunity to visit Stockholm, partnering with students and practitioners from the University of Stockholm to compare best practice and innovation. Sweden is an international leader in early years education.

Learning from lecturers with a varied wealth of experience, you’ll develop skills and knowledge around early years education as well as health and social care relating to young people. In year one you’ll study the psychology and sociology of children. This includes how the digital world and globalisation have changed their social behaviours. You will also explore the varying factors that impact upon child development and how we as practitioners may influence these, as well as how to ‘tune in’ to children to identify and manage individual needs. Year two focuses on working with children and their families including marginalisation of families within 21st-century communities. To support your development as an Early Years practitioner it is important that you have knowledge and understanding of how children learn, the characteristics of effective learning and the impact this can have upon their learning dispositions, such as motivation, curiosity and self-reflection to name but a few. In your final year you can 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.

There is a ‘short course week’ each year which is an opportunity for you to develop niche skills such as music making or basic baby care. You can also achieve extra qualifications including First Aid and Child Protection.

Early Childhood Studies program is delivered by the University of Gloucestershire.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Key skills for university, employment and life
  • Professional Practice in Early Years 1
  • The Sociology of Childhood
  • The Psychology of Childhood
  • Special Needs: Listening to Children
  • Students as Researchers
  • Professional Practice in Early Years 2
  • 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
                          Option modules
                          • Professional Practice in Early Years 3
                          • Advanced Practice in Early Years
                          • Lifelong Learning
                          • Health for Life
                          • International Comparative Visit
                          • Comparative Studies

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You need the following IELTS score:

                                  • Minimum required score:


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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.
                                  • Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. 
                                  • The Early Years Foundation Degree is a route into BA Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Professional Status.

                                  Work Experience

                                  Students must be concurrently employed (paid or voluntary), or be on a placement in the workplace for the equivalent of a part time contract.

                                  Technological Requirements

                                  All students will require an enhanced CRB check prior to entry.

                                  Tuition Fee

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                                    13500 GBP/year
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                                    9250 GBP/year
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                                  Living costs for Cheltenham

                                  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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