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Course summary

Overview If you want to help children have the best start in life, there are questions you need to explore. For example: how is their wellbeing affected by factors like digital technologies, race, culture and globalisation? On this course, you'll look for answers across a child's crucial first 8 years. On your BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree, you’ll discover how a child develops physically, emotionally and mentally. And with plenty of opportunities to work with children, you’ll practice how to make a positive difference for them. You can customise your degree and develop specialist skills that are valued in a variety of professions. Course highlights

  • Learn different ways to measure children’s development from birth to age 8, which you can apply in all kinds of careers
  • Choose to do a different work placement in every year of study – from local schools, to other organisations that put young children first
  • Develop new skills by working with children in our own play and sensory rooms, and in outdoor environments such as forests and beaches
  • Look at how children are affected by society and politics, and discover what psychology and philosophy teach us about early years
  • Be taught by experts and hear from guest speakers, with unique insights into childhood and education based on their lived experience
  • Gain transferable skills in psychology, sociology, teaching and learning, leadership and management, and creative thinking
You can follow an optional psychology pathway through this degree by choosing specific modules in psychology. This will lead to a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology award when you graduate. You can achieve the professional status of 'Graduate Practitioner' for Early Years Practice by undertaking assessed practice in the early years sector in each year of study. This leads to the award BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner). This professional accreditation is recognised by the Department for Education and highly regarded by early years employers. In your final year, you can tailor your studies to include the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) route, which leads to the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Careers and opportunities You’ll graduate ready for a rewarding career working with young children and families. From education to health, childcare to social care and more, your options will be broad. Alternatively, you could take your studies further on a postgraduate course, such as MA Education Studies or MSc Educational Leadership and Management. What jobs can you do with an early childhood studies degree? Our graduates work in a range of educational roles and settings:
  • early years teaching – with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
  • primary teaching – with a PGCE or SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
  • pedagogical leadership in early childhood
  • early years provision and setting management
  • forest school leadership and training
  • freelance education and private tutoring
  • special educational and disability needs
Our graduates also pursue a variety of careers related to health and wellbeing:
  • health and wellbeing promotion
  • family support
  • professional nannying
  • therapeutic play – with further training
  • play work
Our graduates also become consultants and researchers into early years issues. Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Early Childhood Studies with Psychology


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Becoming a Researcher
  • Child and Youth Development
  • Health & Well Being of the Child and Young Person
  • Perspectives of Early Childhood Education
  • Understanding Childhoods
There aren't any optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Global Childhoods
  • Just Playing?
  • Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Research with Children and Young People
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Children's Literature
  • Children’s Social Minds
  • Empire and its Afterlives in Britain, Europe and Africa
  • Engaged Citizenship in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Gender, Race and Education
  • Global Security
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Modernity and Globalisation
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • News, Discourse and Media
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Professional Experience
  • Space, Place and Being
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Transitional Justice and Human Rights
  • Understanding Personal Life
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Aspiring Leaders And Managers
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Promoting Confident Capable Learners
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Behaviour Matters
  • Families in Need
  • Going Outside: Pedagogies for Outdoor Learning
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Issues relating to Children and Young People's Mental Health
  • Professional Experience
  • Psychology in Practice
  • Risk, Relationships And Responsibilities In Universal Safeguarding
  • Working with Looked After Children
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include: Essays, reports and reflective accounts Individual and group presentations Individual and group project work including the opportunity to work towards a Major project in liaison with a local employer An online portfolio Developing a simple Wordpress or Google Sites website You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 77% by coursework Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,900. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to For optional placements or placements abroad, you may be required to pay for additional costs, such as travel costs. These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, ranging from £50 to £1000.
Early Childhood Studies at University of Portsmouth - UCAS