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Course summary

Do you want to make a genuine and lasting difference to children’s lives, families and communities? Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies is an opportunity to get experience and knowledge for graduate roles in education, health, and social care. This course gives you the recognition of becoming an Early Childhood Studies Graduate Practitioner, enabling you to achieve practitioner status as a Level 6 graduate alongside the Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) practitioner status if you do not already hold a practical qualification within the Early Childhood field. You will become research informed and influential in becoming a reflective practitioner, as well as gaining knowledge within policy, practice, holistic child development, early childhood, care, health, and education, encompassing working with young children and their families. You will study a contemporary range of modules which will develop your understanding of theory and practice with real placement experiences. Real life learning lies at the heart of this course. Placement is a core requirement and will be one or two days per week, building your skills in working with children and becoming an Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner. You will benefit from:

  • Specialist modules which will develop your transferable and employability skills
  • You will gain vital work experience in Early Childhood Settings and put your knowledge into practice through placement days and blocked periods of placement in each year of the course
  • You will be equipped to work with children and their families aged 0-8 years in the Early Childhood field.
  • A dedicated award called Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies which assesses your skills to leave University as a Level 6 Early Childhood Graduate
  • Excellent facilities, incorporated on course Continual Professional Development and lecturers who are experts within the Early Childhood sector.


Year One Early Childhood Pioneers: Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood: This module will explore health and wellbeing for children from conception to 8 years of age. This will respond to current agendas and policy drivers to support the health and wellbeing of children, and their families. Child Development: Child development is essential knowledge for everyone working in early childhood. It makes sense of everything, and it enables better practice in supporting children; you know what is right for the child, you understand them and their individual needs, you know how they will flourish and be happy. The 0-8 Curriculum: The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards required to ensure that all children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. You will also examine the national Curriculum in how it meets the learning needs of all children. The Foundations of Academic Study: The foundations of academic study helps you to learn how to read, write and think critically to prepare you for the first year of undergraduate study and professional placement. It will prepare you for the challenges posed by different assessment methods and help you to organise your time effectively. Your professional placement will help you focus on the core qualities you will need as a graduate such as, respect, sensitivity, patience, empathy, reliability, interpersonal skills. The Role of Observation in Early Childhood: The role of observation is essential in supporting Early Childhood Professionals to identify a child’s next steps. This module will develop the skills required to evaluate the effectiveness of observation methods to support children’s progress and development. Year Two Creativity in Early Childhood: This module will provide you with a range of opportunities to develop further knowledge and understanding of the role and value of creativity in early childhood. Research Informed Practice: This module will explore research methodologies and the ethical practices which seek to involve the voice of the child through participatory methods, taking account of all children. Safeguarding Children: This module is focused on a developing awareness of the legislation, policy and professional responsibilities regarding practice, whilst working with children and their families. Sociology of Childhood: You will begin to develop an understanding of influences that shape current legislation and policy, influencing the concept of early childhood. You will explore children’s rights and the effect on the pedagogy of play and examine local, national, and global perspectives of childhood. The National and International Perspectives of Early Childhood: This module will explore education and care nationally and internationally. It will consider the changing landscape of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and explore international declarations (e.g., UNCRC, 1989) advocating ECEC to fulfil children’s rights and build human capital. Working with Parents, Carers, and Professional Teams: This module will enable you to reflect on working effectively with parents and carers, and liaison with other child and family focused professionals. You will explore good practice when working in collaboration with parents and wider professionals as well as considering ways to develop positive relationships within Early Childhood settings. Year Three: Contemporary Debates Independent Study Research Agendas The Power of Leadership

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Early Childhood Studies at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS