Make a difference to the lives of young children through supporting their development and education. Gain an Early Years qualification level 6 and prepare for a career working with young children in many sectors including education and health.
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.
Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification, such as a foundation degree, are invited to apply for entry to year three of the course.
UCAS code CHS1
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-timeHow to apply for this course
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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies is designed for those who want to develop their career working with younger children, and gain skills and knowledge around early childhood. 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 how children develop language and child psychology, as well as a broader understanding of educational policy and practice theory. You’ll also 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.
On completion you'll gain certification of Graduate Practitioner Competencies at Level 6, which is supported by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSN) and recognised by the Department for Education’s Career Progression for the Early Years Workforce. This will qualify you to work as an Early Years Educator and you'll develop a portfolio of evidence of your skills and practice at Level 6 to present to Early Years employers.
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies provides a clear pathway to postgraduate study and to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) such as a one year fully funded PG Diploma in Early Years with Initial Teacher Training. Or you may progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Social Work or Youth Work training.
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.
“ Through this course you will qualify as an Early Years Educator. You'll gain plenty of experience working with children, and understand the theories behind your work. You'll be well placed to go into postgraduate study to gain Early Years Teacher Status. ”
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
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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.
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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.
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.