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Early Childhood (Honours)

The Open University UK

36 months
6336 GBP/year
6336 GBP/year
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If you currently work with children from birth to seven years, or are looking to learn more about young children’s lives and experiences, this Early Childhood (Honours) degree from The Open University UK could be of interest to you. You’ll also gain an understanding of early childhood in diverse social, cultural and multi-disciplinary contexts.


In this Early Childhood (Honours) programme from The Open University UK you’ll investigate early childhood from national and international perspectives with a focus on the central importance of children’s voices and the participatory nature of young children’s experiences. 

Key features of the course

  • Professionally and vocationally relevant across many early childhood contexts
  • Takes a holistic approach to understanding early childhood from a range of perspectives
  • Covers young children’s play and creativity within the context of the family and early childhood settings
  • Encourages critical understanding and reflection on contemporary issues and debates in early childhood

Skills for career development

This degree is designed to contribute to the development of a highly skilled and effective workforce and to integrated coherent services for young children and their families. In addition to specialist knowledge and understanding of early childhood, it emphasizes independent thinking, develops analytical and communication skills and will help you become a clear and confident writer – all attributes that are highly valued by employers. Gaining practice experience during your studies is also likely to enhance career prospects.

You will acquire a broad set of employability skills including:

  • organising and synthesising arguments associated with early childhood
  • communicating and writing accurately and clearly in different genre that take account of purpose and content
  • understand and engage in digital practices and share digital content in collaborative activities
  • reflecting on your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve it
  • recognising the importance of contributing, collaborating and taking leadership responsibility within a team.

Career relevance

This degree is consistent with the latest QAA subject benchmark statement for Early Childhood Studies and has been designed for existing early years practitioners (normally with a Level 3 early years qualification) or those interested in finding out more about young children’s learning and development. It is an excellent foundation for entry to a range of careers working with and for young children and their families. It is also suitable for those wanting to move into careers in teaching, health or social work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Exploring perspectives on young children's lives and learning 
  • Young children's play and creativity 
  • Listening to young children: critical reflections
  • Psychology of childhood and youth
  • Developing subject knowledge for the primary years 
  • Young lives, parenting and families
  • Making a difference: working with children and young people 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You do not need to be working with young children in order to study this qualification; however to enhance your learning in core practice-focused modules, it is strongly recommended that students gain direct experience with young children (birth to 7 years, 11 months). 
  • Students not working with young children (employed or in a voluntary capacity) will need to negotiate opportunities to gain such practical experience. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6336 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19008 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    6336 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19008 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.


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