• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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In each year, you’ll learn about the different elements that impact on a child’s development. Studying subjects such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, and criminology, you’ll consider ethics, welfare, and the importance of policy and legislation relating to children, such as the Human Rights Act (1998).

You’ll also learn about how childhood has changed over time both in the UK and globally and consider alternative perspectives to child development, including post-structuralism, socio-cultural theory and creative play. You’ll reflect on your own experience of childhood and explore how it was shaped by society.

You’ll also consider the diverse experiences of children, young people, families and communities and how policy on local, national and international levels affects children’s lives.


As an Early Years and Childhood Studies graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to start a career in a wide range of areas working with children, young people and communities as a teacher, family support worker or youth and community leader. Or, you may go into creative play therapy at a local art gallery, work in a pupil referral unit helping those who struggle in formal education or even sports coaching.

You may even pursue a career in the voluntary sector, researching the latest trends in child learning behaviour for a children’s charity.

During the (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies course from Manchester Metropolitan University, you’ll spend time on placements and study option units to help you decide the career path you’d like to follow. Your personal tutor will also support you with suggestions that match your strengths and career ambitions.

You may continue professional development after your first degree. We have a range of postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Education including masters in Education Studies, Educational Leadership and Management, Childhood and Youth Studies and Inclusive Education. Some of our graduates also go onto study Social Work at masters level. 



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:

  • Constructing Child Development
  • Rights and Participation
  • Childhood, Youth and Society
  • Work-based Learning
  • Critical Academic and Professional Practice

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • 104-112 UCAS Tariff points from 3/4 A-levels  (excluding General Studies) or acceptable alternatives, e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma. Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 Grades DMM, Grade B in CACHE Diploma but for the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care (Early Years Educator) we would require Grade A*

Specific GCSE requirements

  • GCSE Grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications e.g. Functional Skills, will be considered.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
  • Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 in Distinction or Merit to include a minimum of 9 credits at Distinction.
International Baccalaureate points
  • 25 IB Diploma Points

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 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 Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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