A degree in early childhood studies prepares you for a career working with young children in many sectors including education and health.Gain certification of Early Years skills at level 6.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
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Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-timeHow to apply for this course
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies will equip you with extensive skills and knowledge to establish or develop a career working with younger children. You’ll understand the steps children take on their learning and developmental journey, and learn how to support them along the way. Your studies focus on specific elements such as how children develop language and an introduction to child psychology, as well as a broader understanding of educational policy and practice theory.
It also provides a clear pathway to postgraduate study and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Or you may progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Social Work or Youth Work training.
You’ll take part in work-based learning with placement opportunities, during which you’ll be encouraged to be critically reflective of your own work, as well as observing the practice of other professionals.
Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies is accredited by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network. You can develop a portfolio of evidence against the Early Childhood Studies Network competencies at level 6, enabling you to achieve not only your degree, but also evidence of your skills and practice. This provides certification of Graduate Practitioner Competencies and you join an Early Years employer as an Early Years Practitioner and be counted in ratio as recognised by the Department for Education.
Experiment with different styles of working with children in a variety of settings and learn from highly knowledgeable tutors who are passionate about quality early years education and care.
Gain certification in Early Years with your skills recognised at Level 6.
A clear pathway to a fully funded Postgraduate Yearly Years Initial Teacher Training with Early Years Teacher Status (EYITT) is available here at Marjon.
How do children develop? Which skills do they learn first?
Why do some children learn faster than others, and at what stage do we need to intervene?
How important is play to children's development? Do young children develop better in nursery or at home?
How does our knowledge of psychology affect the way we should work with children?
How does childhood differ around the world? What can we learn from how other cultures treat children, socially and politically?
How might you support a child with a mental health condition?
You will qualify to work in the Early Years Sector as an Early Years Educator. You can also progress on to early years or primary teaching through a postgraduate qualification (usually PG Diploma with EYITT, PGCE or School Direct).
Other opportunities include community education, integrated services, children’s workforce professionals, care services and social work. Students can also progress to postgraduate psychology courses should they wish to move into the area of child psychology.
Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops, placements, visits to local settings and masterclasses.
Assessments include poster presentations, the making of artefacts, essays and blogs.
Jayne teaches Child Development and Early Years Initial Teacher Training, drawing on her previous experience as both an Early Years Teacher and a Pre-School Manager.View full profile
Senior LecturerView profile
Jan was previously a primary head teacher in the South West and she now leads a teaching team at Marjon who together draw on decades of classroom experience and wide-ranging research specialisms to deliver Education courses.
Jonathan's specialist area is disability studies. He is interested in viewing disability and impairment in terms of the way they impact on inclusion and much of his work is concerned with how social theory can be used to make sense of the lives of disabled people. Jonathan has an acquired brain injury so his work is influenced by direct experience of disbility.
Lecturer in EducationView profile
Hannah is a former SureStart Children's Centre Manager, Nursery Manager and Early Years Professional, assessor and mentor. She is particularly interested in Early Years, Play, Inclusion and Leadership.
Miles’ Master’s is in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics and he has twenty years of experience teaching, including to adults and children.