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BA (Honours)

Early Childhood Studies

Full-time Childhood studies

Explore the lives of infants and young children in the UK and in a global context.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year †
International: £12,750 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 88-104 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? X310
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Explore the varied approaches to early childhood education, including issues related to child development, inclusion, the health and culture of children under eight years, and safeguarding.
  • Consider the significance and impact of children's friendships, forest schools, participation, gender and identity, inclusive practice, working with families, and young children's wellbeing.
  • Look at the importance of play in children's lives and development.

You can follow your own particular interests in early childhood such as understanding looked-after children, alternative environments for play and learning, being creative, and therapeutic approaches to working with children and young people.

Student view

Watch student Emma Robertshaw talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Your studies are led by a team of lecturers with extensive and varied professional experience in key services for children and families. Their backgrounds include social work, health visiting, teaching, social care and psychology. They are all involved in research, writing books and leading early years practice.

You will learn through

  • self-managed learning
  • group work learning
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • work based learning tasks and reflections

Course leaders and tutors

Penny Borkett
Penny Borkett
Senior Lecturer In Early Years

Senior Lecturer In Early Years Education

Applied learning

Work placements

Work based learning is integrated throughout the course. You can gain experience in a range of settings such as as schools, pre-schools, forest schools, child minders and outreach hubs.

You could also apply to take an international placement, working abroad with one of our partner institutions. We currently have arrangements with universities in Germany and Spain.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • nurseries and pre-schools
  • primary schools
  • special schools
  • further education colleges
  • universities
  • hospitals
  • charities
  • community centres
  • community organisations
  • third sector and private employers

A number of our students go on to study a postgraduate qualification in subjects including social work, education and research. Others progress to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to qualify as teachers.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Entry requirements

UK students

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language and mathematics. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Child Care and Education.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 in the writing module and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skill areas.

You also need some understanding of young children (0-7 years old) gained from practical experience, equivalent to 75 hours or more, on a paid or voluntary basis.

Download our application experience guidelines for more information about experience requirements. This document includes important information about your application. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being unsuccessful.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions form. If you are successful in applying, a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check is required.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

EU and International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.


Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Childhood Stories Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Early Childhood In Context Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Early Experiences And The Developing Brain Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Reading For A Degree Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Researching Childhood Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Role Of The Adult In Children's Exploration And Learning Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Becoming A Critically Reflective Learner Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Children As Communicators And Thinkers Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Pedagogy Of Play Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Politics Of Children's Services Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Childhood And Loss Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Children And Young People Learning English As An Additional Language Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Children And Young People With Medical Needs Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Children's Insider Perspectives Of Disability Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Forest Schools Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Inspiring And Engaging Children Through The School Curriculum Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Dilemma That Is Inclusion Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Working With Emotional Intelligence Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Leadership In Early Years Contexts Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Participation In The Early Years Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Project Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Alternative Environments For Play And Learning Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Autism: Challenging Ideas Of Challenging Behaviour Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Being Creative Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: International Perspectives Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Therapeutic Approaches With Children And Young People Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Understanding Looked After Children Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Youth Justice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Youth Work Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £12,750 per year.

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Childhood studies courses (PDF)

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