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Course summary

If your dream is to work with young children, this in-depth course gives you the understanding of early years education you need, fully preparing you for a wide range of careers or the move on to teacher training. Our Early Childhood Education BA (Hons) equips you with all you need to know about how children develop in learning and thinking in their early years (0-8 years): early-years curricula; inclusion, special educational needs and disability; and early literacy and numeracy. It also covers leadership and management in the early years and the role of adults in a child’s education and care. Across the three years, you explore your individual interests through guided study and independent research. You also undertake placements and voluntary positions in early childhood settings to embed your learning and increase your employability when you graduate. Why choose this course

  • Study the latest innovative practices in early childhood education and care, supported by an experienced academic team, actively involved in research in their fields
  • Gain experience through a series of placements and a strong focus on employability
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year’s placement in the industry, gaining experience and making contacts for the future
  • Learn the academic skills you need to analyse research, policy and practice in the field as well as a critical understanding of national and international perspectives
  • If you need a step up into a degree, start with a Foundation Year which guarantees you entry to the Undergraduate course


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How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered. If you would like to check that your qualifications will be accepted please contact the university.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Early Childhood Education (Graduate Practitioner) at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS