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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Integrated Foundation Year

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

4 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
in the UK for overall satisfaction for Early Years
Top 5
for Courses and Lecturers
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2020 | 3. WhatUni Student Choice Awards (2020)

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 48
  • GCSEs: English language and mathematics C/4 or above (or Level 2 Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy)
  • Enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
  • Non-standard Application Entry Routes: The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course content

100% satisfaction for Early Childhood Studies (National Student Survey 2020)

Course overview

Are you interested in studying an early years degree but feel you would benefit from a better foundation of knowledge? Then the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Integrated Foundation Year is an ideal option for you. This four-year route will build your academic skills and enable you to confidently embark on an undergraduate degree. Over the four years, you will focus on work with young children up to the age of eight. By the end of this degree, you will develop your effectiveness as a skilled Early Years practitioner.

Why study this degree?

Studying at university can be challenging but that’s the beauty of studying this course with an integrated foundation year. This course offers:

  • An additional year to build academic skills
  • Lower entry requirements than the main degree pathway
  • More insight into early years pathways and careers
  • And is recognised qualification by the Department for Education

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you


With this degree, you can pursue a career as an Early Years Practitioner. You’ll foster and develop the abilities, social skills and understanding of children aged three to five, focusing on optimum child development and preparation for a successful transition to primary school education. Some possible roles may include:

  • Nursery Manager
  • Play Worker
  • Outreach Worker with family centres
  • Community Development Worker

Further study

Many of our students go on to further study at the University. Here are some of the main progression routes we offer after graduating from the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching strategies

The Early Childhood sector is rapidly changing and therefore it is vitally important that we listen to government and employers as well to make certain that you, the students, have the very best experience that will serve you well in your chosen careers.

All members of the teaching team are practitioners with a wide range of experience as well as accomplished academics.  We seek to bring new research alongside established theory into the classroom through a variety of blended methods including direct teaching, seminars, problem-solving, activity-based learning, adventure education as well as using up to date technology to engage with you across platforms.


It is important that our assessments are designed to meet the various learning needs of students.  By this, we want to make certain that individual students have the opportunity to achieve their potential and for this reason, we offer a variety of assessment methods that include presentations, assignments, exams, academic posters and placement portfolios.   This is welcomed and encouraged by the student voice. We also encourage our students to publish their work and past students have had articles accepted in publications such as Early Years Educator.

Additional Costs

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Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.

You can also find out more on our Childhood Instagram page.