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BA (Hons) Education and Early Childhood Practice

Wide network of partners offers diverse placement opportunities

UCAS points 96


Duration Three years full-time or six years part-time

How to apply for this course

Course Summary

Help young children to thrive, to stay curious and to love learning. Learn about Early Years from both the educational and care perspectives, and how to help children love learning. This Education and Early Years degree is ideal if you want to work with children in the 0-7 age range and is a perfect stepping stone into studying for Early Years Teacher Status, Qualified Teacher Status or social work.

You’ll understand how children develop, which skills they learn first, and how to support them along the way. You’ll understand how different settings and approaches can support different needs. You’ll focus on specific elements such as how children develop language, literacy and numeracy; how our knowledge of psychology supports better teaching practice and how children learn best and thrive in educational settings.

What might you become?

Most students go on to early years or primary teaching which requires a postgraduate qualification. Other opportunities include community education, integrated services, children’s workforce professionals, care services and social work.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

"In your first year you will learn the basics behind childhood practice and how children develop through education. In the second year you will study how childhood can differ in some countries and research the role education plays in developing a child’s voice. The third year takes a look at the values that underpin education and looks at the leadership structure in education, as well as an in-work placement."
Jan Gourd - Course Leader


1st Year

Engaging with learning
Introduction to psychology
Childhood practice-ideas, origins and policy
Child development
Children’s literature and drama in education

2nd Year

Pedagogical paradigms
Global childhoods
Inter-professional practice and the child’s voice
Researching education

3rd Year

Culture and values in childhood practice
Education honours project
Critical perspectives on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Supporting children and young people
Leadership and quality in education

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Includes lectures, seminars, workshops, debates and visiting speakers.

How will you be assessed?

Includes posters, scrapbook, essays, blog/vlog and presentations.

Course leader

Jan Gourd

Jan was previously a primary head teacher in the South West. Her philosophy of education foregrounds direct experience and the course is designed with this in mind. She leads a teaching team who together draw on decades of classroom experience and wide-ranging research specialisms to deliver this course.

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