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3 Years, Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 96 – 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC - CCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator): B/C 
  • GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics (C/4 or above) 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • Enhanced DBS check required

Student view

Early Childhood Studies Alumni student David working in a nursery setting
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
The experience will develop your skills in the study of childhood from psychology, historical, cultural, sociological, social policy and philosophy viewpoints and introduces you to national and international perspectives.
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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

I knew I wanted to work with children but wasn't sure which path to take. This course has given me greater understanding about the holistic needs of a child and their development than I might have gained on a teaching course.

Student smiling while sat in a lecture
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

I felt I would be able to develop and grow in independence here. Staff members are all very approachable, reassuring and supportive. There are so many events held throughout the week to make friends and meet new people.

Three students working in a group
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

I chose Chichester purely because of the amazing sense of the community that you are welcomed to be a part of. Chichester is a wonderful place to learn, study and live. The support and guidance you are shown is brilliant. Chichester offers so many experiences and opportunities including being part of some excelling sports teams and extra-curricular activities that instantly make university fun and exciting.

Course content

1st for overall satisfaction, teaching on my course, assessment and feedback and organisation and management for the subject of Childhood and Youth Studies (NSS 2020)

Course Content

Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree focuses on work with young children up to the age of eight. You’ll be guided through an exciting range of modules that are specifically designed to increase your understanding of children and to develop your practice skills and knowledge. You will develop your effectiveness as a skilled Early Years practitioner. Modules in Child Development, Children’s Behaviour, Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disability will increase your confidence and ability to work skilfully and sensitively with children and their families.

This degree combines academic study with exciting opportunities to gain practical experience. Placements provide the opportunity for you to put your knowledge and skills into practice, increasing both your personal and professional confidence and your employability.  Placements are assessed which means you will exit the course with the equivalent of the DfE full and relevant requirements for Early Years practice. We have incorporated the option of the Graduate Practitioner Competencies into your placements, which gives you the opportunity to finish the course as a Graduate Practitioner.

Take a look at our Childhood brochure.

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.

The Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Careers Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC offers:

  • Books and journals
  • E-resources, including multimedia streaming
  • Mac and PC suites
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • PrintShop services
  • General meeting areas
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • Equipment Loans​
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Where this can take you

Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Early years teacher or Early Years Practitioner - fosters and develops 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.
  • Primary school teacher - develops schemes of work and lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives, facilitating learning by establishing a relationship with pupils and organising learning resources and the classroom learning environment.
  • Special educational needs teacher - teaches children with emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties at one or more stages.
  • Learning mentor - provides a complementary service to teachers and other staff, addressing the needs of children who require assistance in overcoming barriers to learning.
  • Social worker - works with young people experiencing a variety of difficulties. Experience and/or professional qualification is usually required before embarking on social work in a normal capacity.
  • Child psychotherapist and counsellor - works with children suffering from a range of problems, including serious psychological disturbances and behavioural problems. Training in psychotherapy is required for this role.
  • Educational psychologist - applies psychological theory, research and techniques to help children or young people who may have learning, behavioural, social or emotional problems or difficulties.
  • Paediatric nurse - cares for sick children, advising and supporting them and their families.
  • Speech and language therapist - works closely with people of all ages, including children, with varying degrees of speech, language or swallowing problems.

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • Community development worker - aims to empower communities by developing the skills required to regain control over and improve quality of life, working with individuals, families or whole communities to facilitate the process.
  • Museum education officer - responsible for realising the potential of museum collections as learning resources for visitors and the wider community, including children.
  • Youth worker - promotes the personal, educational and social development of young people aged between 13 and 19.
  • Careers adviser/personal adviser - provides information, advice and guidance to help people make realistic choices about education, training and work.

Work placements


Employability and supporting you to make the best career choices is central to our activity within the programme and therefore there are two core placements in the first and second years. You will be encouraged to find suitable placements in early years settings from our placement database and we will assist you to do this. Placements are assessed and will give you the equivalent of a ‘full and relevant’ qualification which is important should you wish to work in Early Years.

In the third year you will have the option to undertake the Graduate Practitioner Competencies through completion of a further placement. This optional third year placement will enable you to receive the additional award of Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner.



Indicative modules


In the first year you will complete six compulsory introductory modules plus the placement module:

Child Development

This module introduces students to the nature of developmental psychology and encourages a critical understanding of psychological theories in relation to children’s development.

Preparing for Professional Practice

The module will introduce you to the ways in which theory is linked and applied to effective Early Years practice. The topics covered in this module will be a pre-cursor to your first practice placement.

Safeguarding Children and Integrated Working

The module will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the safeguarding agenda and underpinning legislation. You will to learn how to apply this in practice with children, parents and colleagues.

Children’s Rights and Policy

This module introduces you to the development of social policy and children’s rights as applied to a range of Early Years provision. It engages with ideological debates to locate current early years policies and initiatives in their historical, social, political and cultural context.

Play, Creativity and Expressive Arts

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the different perspectives of play in relation to child development and learning. It will explore the influence of key pioneers on contemporary concepts of play and make links between theory and effective practice in the early years sector.

The Developing Practitioner (Placement)

The aim of this module is to enable you to gain assessed experience in a setting which is relevant to early years practice. 



In semester one you will complete two core modules and one optional module.  In semester two you will complete three modules plus the placement module:

Working with Families

This module will enable you to explore the reciprocal relationships that need to exist between the early years setting, the child and their family.  It will encourage you to develop a detailed understanding of the importance of partnership working for the child and their family in order to promote inclusion and collaboration.

Rocking The Cradle

This module aims to explore conception, pregnancy, the birth process and the care of babies up to the age of two years.

Curriculums Around The World

This module will focus on a range of early years curriculums from around the world (for example Reggio Emilia, Te Whāriki, Montessori, High Scope and Steiner) and consider the ways in which these are delivered and the impact of their underpinning philosophies.

Childhood in Crisis: Global Perspectives

The module aims to explore international issues in Early Years Education and Care such as globalization and migration and the impact it has on children and their families.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

The central aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the issues that surround special educational needs and disability (SEND) in society and early years settings, with particular reference to government policy initiatives and legislation.

Preparation for Independent Project

This module aims to prepare you for conducting empirical research for your Independent Project in year 3, as well as promoting an understanding of research in the early years.

Children’s Health and Well-Being

The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the issues that surround health and well-being as they affect children and young people into adulthood.

Understanding Behaviour

This module will enable you to develop knowledge and critical understanding of the differing theoretical perspectives on children’s behaviour in the early years.

The Reflective Practitioner (Placement)

The aim of this module is to enable you to gain assessed experience in a setting which is relevant to early years practice building on the practice that you developed in year one.



In your final year you will complete a research project (IP) which spans the academic year. You will also complete one core and one optional module in each semester.  There is also the option of an addition graduate practitioner placement in semester one.

Independent Project

The independent project is designed to engage you in a longer-term and analytical piece of research on a topic relevant to Early Childhood Studies.  The module includes a focus on the research process, including guidance on research design, writing a literature review, application of methodological approach and method(s) used, ethical issues, data collection and analysis.

Leading Professional Practice

This module aims to introduce you to the key factors that affect strategies for leading and managing change in your work or volunteering environment. You will develop the skills to reflect critically on aspects of your professional practice linking to leading and managing theory and to demonstrate how you can develop your practice to better provide for the needs of the staff, children and families you are working with.

Therapeutic Play

This module aims to explore and critically analyse the centrality of play in enabling children to make sense of the world around them and their own place within that world, especially when experiencing trauma.

The Digital Child

The module introduces you to the digital experiences of childhood, and the effects of technology on children in a fast-changing world.

Graduate Practitioner (Optional Placement)

This module builds on theory from taught modules in the programme and practical placements at both Levels 4 and 5. It gives students opportunities in relevant settings to achieve the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competences.

Children, Stories and the Media

This module uses children’s stories and the media to explore current and past constructs of childhood.  Specific examples of these media are used to consider the wider social, cultural and educational issues that surround their production and consumption.

Crime and Childhood

The aim of this module is to explore aspects of criminal law and offending in relation to childhood. Case Studies will be used to illustrate how criminal law and childhood is given particular significance, including use of media coverage.

Adventure Education

This module enables you to gain experience of innovative and adventurous environments in which children can develop, learn and play such as Forest School and Beach School.  You will examine the theoretical, psychological, physical and social processes and benefits for children and early years professionals and teachers that come with activities away from conventional environments.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Overview of 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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Additional Costs

DBS Costs

DBS check

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies training applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £44. We strongly suggest that all students sign up for the Disclosure and Barring Service update service for which there is a small annual change, this makes the DBS portable both during and after the degree. Failure to sign up to the update service might require the student to gain a further enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check which will incur additional costs.