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Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) will open doors for you to enter a career in early childhood care, educational or advisory settings. It has a built-in foundation year that will prepare you for undergraduate study and is the ideal choice if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year course.

On our course you’ll benefit from extra time to work on your study and transferable skills, but you’ll also graduate with the same award and title as students on the three-year degree.

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More about this course

On our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) bachelor’s degree you’ll study the play, development and learning of children from birth to six years old. This will be taught in relation to practice in early childhood settings and within a socio-cultural context.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other degrees with a foundation year, which will give you an opportunity to discuss the subjects you study with students that have different academic perspectives. It will also allow you to meet students outside of your course and expand your network, which you might find useful when job hunting after graduation.

The foundation year is designed to equip you with skills that are necessary for undergraduate study, such as essay writing, time management, research and critical thinking. During the foundation year you’ll also take a taster module in early childhood studies, which will allow you to prepare for more rigorous study of the subject in the subsequent three years of your degree.

You’ll receive exceptional academic and pastoral support from your tutors and a range of services at the University. This will be in the form of one-to-one sessions with your tutor or via small group workshops, during which you’ll be able to work further on your academic and transferable skills. The University also offers a careers service, which can help you to find work experience opportunities, improve your interview technique and learn best practice for writing job applications.

In the three years following your foundation year you’ll study the same content and modules as students on our Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons). You’ll also have the option to graduate with Graduate Practitioner status, which will require you to complete an additional work placement in your final year.

If you find that you’d like to specialise in a different discipline in our School of Social Professions, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.


Methods of assessment in your foundation year are varied and designed to help you flourish and gain confidence in your studies.

Assessments after the foundation year will be based on coursework with no formal examinations.

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UCAS code X1X1
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)
  • enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 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.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider you for an alternative suitable course on request. If you are an overseas national who already holds an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely (or are an EU national), you may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Interventions for Change
  • Media, Crime and 'Race'
  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Researching Inequality
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Perspectives on Children's Development
  • Safeguarding Young Children's Health and Well-being
  • Understanding Play
  • Academic Skills and Professional Placement
  • Adults and Children as Learners: An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years
  • Challenging Inequalities
  • Children's Rights in Today's World
  • Communicating in Multilingual Contexts
  • Enquiry-based Learning
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters
  • Promoting Early Learning Through the EYFS and Keys Stage 1
  • Reflective Practice and Professional Development
  • Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
  • Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement: Part 2

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Early Childhood Studies Project
  • Leading Practice with Children, Families and Professionals
  • Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood
  • The Project (Early Childhood Studies)
  • Debating Children and Childhood
  • Professional Practice in Key Stage 1

After the course

On graduation you’ll be able to pursue a range of careers within early childhood settings, including health and social care, education or advisory roles with public bodies.

There will also be opportunities to enter postgraduate studies, either through a master’s degree or a PGCE teaching qualification.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

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.

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How to apply

Start your course in January

You don't have to wait until September to start this course at London Met – why not start in January?

If you're a UK or EU student, you can simply call our January hotline on or complete our fast-track online application form.

If you're an international student, you'll need to complete our standard online application using the "Apply direct" button.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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.

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