London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Childhood Studies

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Course summary

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. 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. 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.

Course details


Example Year 1 modules include: Perspectives on Children's Development (core, 30 credits); Safeguarding Young Children's Health and Well-being (core, 30 credits); Understanding Play (core, 30 credits); Academic Skills and Professional Placement (alternative core, 30 credits); Adults and Children as Learners: An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies (alternative core, 30 credits). Examples Year 2 modules include: Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years (core, 30 credits); Challenging Inequalities (core, 15 credits); Children's Rights in Today's World (core, 15 credits); Enquiry-based Learning (core, 30 credits); Promoting Early Learning Through the EYFS and Key Stage 1 (core, 15 credits); Communicating in Multi-lingual contexts (alternative core, 15 credits); Early years learning and practice frameworks (alternative core, 15 credits); Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six (option, 15 credits); Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement: Part 2 (option, 15 credits). Example Year 3 modules include: Early Childhood Studies Project (core, 60 credits); Leading Practice with Children, Families and Professionals (core, 30 credits); Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood (core, 15 credits); Debating Children and Childhood (option, 15 credits); Professional Practice in Key Stage 1 (option, 15 credits).

Assessment method

Assessment is based on coursework with no formal examinations.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2310 Module
Northern Ireland £2310 Module
Scotland £2310 Module
Wales £2310 Module
EU £3894 Module
International £3894 Module
Channel Islands £3894 Module
Republic of Ireland £3894 Module

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2022/23 academic year. Fees for new and returning students may change each year by an amount set under the government’s regulation. For further information about our undergraduate fees, please visit: Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be extra costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. There may also be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but that 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.
Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University - UCAS