BA (Hons) Childhood PracticeX32A

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time
  • Explore early years education and discover what it’s really like to work in this setting, before studying for EYTS or QTS status. This early years degree focuses on the first steps children take on their learning journey, and teaches you how to support them along the way.

    The course supports a range of education career options and encourages you to develop your own philosophical approach to education by experimenting with different styles of teaching. At no stage will you be assessed in practice, giving you total freedom to explore your vocation.



    Studies focus on the broader understanding of educational policy and practice theory, as well as specific elements such as literacy and numeracy. You’ll take part in work-based learning with placement opportunities, during which you’ll be encouraged to become a critically reflective practitioner, as well as observing the practice of other professionals through placement opportunities.

    This flexible course can be attended on either a full- or part-time (up to four years) basis, to fit in with your commitments. The course is the ideal stepping stone to Post Graduate Diploma in Early Years with ITT, School Direct and PGCE.


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You will study six modules each year.

1st Year
  • Engaging with learning
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Childhood practice-ideas, origins and policy
  • Child development
  • Speech, language and literacy development
  • Engaging with practice (placement)



2nd Year
  • Pedagogical paradigms
  • Global childhoods
  • Thinking and learning
  • Inter-professional practice and the child’s voice
  • Experiential placement
  • Researching education


3rd Year
  • Culture and values in childhood practice
  • Education honours project
  • Experiential placement
  • Leadership and quality in education
  • Supporting Children and Young People



Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

On successful completion, our graduates will be equipped to engage with an increasing range of learning and employment opportunities associated with early years education although most will no doubt intend to go on to EYT or Primary Teaching through School Direct, PGCE or PG Cert Early Years. 

Other opportunities open to graduates might include Community Education, Integrated Services, Children’s Workforce Professionals – both nationally and internationally.

However the understandings and skills developed during your time here will not limit you to these professions as we ensure you develop the generic, holistic skills that employers are looking for in graduates of the twenty first century.

During the course you will be afforded opportunities to work in our partner settings as part of your modules and on placement experiences.  This will give you the necessary experience for later application for EYT, School Direct or PGCE.  You do not need to have QTS Skills Tests for this course, however; you will need to achieve these prior to starting EYT, School Direct or PGCE.

Current Students


Course Leader

The teaching team, led by Dr Susan Cooper, includes Jan Gourd, Andrea Collins and Bob Pilbeam, all possess rich experiences in a variety of educational settings. Jan is a former headteacher with an extensive research background, Andrea specialises in researching young people at risk of exclusion, and Bob’s research focuses on outdoor and experiential learning.