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BA Early Childhood Studies

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  • Objectives
    Our exciting, forward-looking single honours option in early childhood studies offers a stimulating and challenging programme of study that addresses contemporary issues regarding provision for young children, including the ramifications of Every Child Matters (2003) and The Children Bill (2004). The programme does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It will count as a qualification relevant to applying for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).
  • Entry requirements
    Requirements GCSE: English and Maths at C or above Tariff points range: 200-300 Relevant subjects: Childhood Studies and psychology and sociology are particularly relevant. Access: Yes Baccalaureate EB %: 66-74 Baccalaureate IB pts: 24-32
  • Academic Title
    BA Early Childhood Studies
  • Course description

    You will explore the psychology, philosophy and sociology of growing and learning, as well as investigate current policy and provision for young children, including a consideration of play opportunities.

    The programme focuses on:

    -how children develop thinking and learning skills
    -what rights children have
    -the meanings of play
    -what childhood means
    -listening to children's voices
    -what is provided for children

    Choosing this degree gives you the opportunity to study some innovative modules including Children's Spaces, Children's Places; Imagining Children – Representations of Childhood; From Education to Educare; Growing and Learning.

    You will be able to develop your own particular interest during an independent study option in Year 3.

    At the end of the course you will have a critical understanding of the historical, social and cultural meanings of childhood and a thorough knowledge of diverse child-rearing practices in time and place. You will have an insight into contemporary policy for children, in particular the emphasis on multi-agency working practices, as well as an appreciation of the issues involved in researching children's voices.

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