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Early Childhood Studies - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Early Childhood Studies BA degree was one of the first programmes of its kind in the UK, developed to meet the demand for well-qualified early childhood specialists working with young children and their families across all sectors. This undergraduate degree will equip you to implement effective practice with children and families in a range of situations and to act as an advocate for their rights and wellbeing.

This course gives you the option to graduate with or without the Graduate Practitioner status. To gain the practitioner status you’ll have to complete an additional work placement module in your final year. The practitioner status will enhance your chances of employment in the field of childhood studies and help you progress to leadership roles and/or postgraduate study. We are aligned to the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN) Graduate Competencies to deliver the practitioner status qualification.

This course received a 91% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2020.

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More about this course

Our Early Childhood Studies BA degree is uniquely designed for both experienced practitioners and those new to the early childhood studies field. The focus of the course is the study of play, development and learning of children from birth to six-years-old in a socio-cultural context and the implications this has for practice in early childhood settings. The course emphasises the links between theory and practice and highly values the development of professional and academic knowledge. It includes assessed practice, which means tutors will visit/appraise you in professional settings. This appraisal is important for your licence to practise.

The early childhood studies course team includes writers and researchers at the forefront of the field who are passionately committed to enabling, empowering and inspiring students to make transformational changes to their own lives and to the lives of children, families and communities. You’ll receive exceptional pastoral and academic support from your tutor and academic mentor, whose job will be to ensure you progress through your studies and settle in to university life.

In your first year, the focus will be on developing key skills that are indispensable for academic study at university, including reading, writing and constructing arguments. The study of these academic skills will be linked to other subjects on the course, including theoretical perspectives of holistic development, the use of play in supporting development, the safeguarding of children and inclusion. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement module, which will require you to work for two days per week with children aged four to five. You will be supported by a placement supervisor, a visiting tutor and a placement liaison officer.

Your second year will focus on developing research skills and analysing key information in childhood development, such as key legislation, pedagogical and curricular approaches. You’ll also learn how to engage in reflective discussion of how these approaches underpin inclusion and children’s rights. You may wish to complete your formal work experience at this stage (attaining the equivalent of a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification), or continue to work towards Graduate Practitioner status by undertaking a work placement in a setting with children under three.

In your final year you’ll undertake an independent project based on your early years practice experience, which will allow you to explore areas of your own academic interest. You’ll also have the opportunity to critically evaluate current debates in early childhood practice leadership and management, and consider the impact of this on the quality of care and education provision. There will also be an opportunity to continue working towards Graduate Practitioner status, which will require you to undertake a block placement in a setting with children aged six to eight years old and complete a verbal examination about your placement experience.

Assessment

Assessment is based on coursework with no formal examinations.

To gain your Graduate Practitioner status you will need to meet the nine competencies mapped by the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN), through assessed observations of practice, practice-based tasks and academic assessment.

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code X322
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

For full-time students:

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg CACHE Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • enhanced criminal records check

We recommend that you have GCSE Maths at grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification such as functional skills, however this is not an essential requirement for entry to the programme. Please be aware you must hold an approved math qualification in order to gain Practitioner status or Graduate Practitioner status.

For part-time and distance learning students:

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of two years’ full-time employment working with young children, evidenced by a reference from your employer
  • current employment as a practitioner with children from birth to six years, or be able to undertake a placement in an early childhood setting for a minimum of two hours per week per module studied
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Student visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely may be considered for admission, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include an Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education (ADCE), a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a foundation degree in early childhood studies.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

What our students say

"I find the course content very interesting. The tutors are supportive and the feedback I get on my work is really useful.” Rachel Kent

"The course was a great chance to build on what I already knew and helped me discover interests in areas I didn't consider previously." Billy Olly

"My knowledge in childcare has developed tenfold since taking part in this degree course. The tutors are not only incredibly knowledgeable but also unbelievably supportive giving 100 per cent. It's because of their support and belief in me that I am hoping to apply for my master's degree." Natasha Curzi-Micallef

Where this course can take you

Graduates of this degree go on to pursue a variety of careers in education, health and social care. The success of our graduates reflects the current need for well-trained graduates who can quickly move up to more senior roles in children’s centres, nurseries and primary schools, as well as other early childhood care and education settings.

Some students go on to specialise in a particular area such as special educational needs, while others take up advisory posts in local authorities or government departments.

Continuing your studies with us

The School of Social Professions has a wide range of exciting industry-linked postgraduate courses available on a full-time and part-time basis in education, health, social and community work. We offer the following degrees that would be ideal for postgraduate progression:

If you've already studied your undergraduate degree with us, as a graduate of London Met, you'll be entitled to a 20% discount on any further study with us.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly to the University.



When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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