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Course summary

This course is designed for those who are interested in establishing, or developing a career working with younger children and developing skills and knowledge of early childhood. Upon successful completion of assessed placements, you will gain certification of Graduate Practitioner Competencies at Level 6, as supported by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network and recognised by the Department for Education’s Career Progression for the Early Years Workforce. This will qualify you to work as an Early Years Educator. It also provides a clear pathway to postgraduate study and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Additional opportunities available following completion of this degree include progression to further study and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Social Work or Youth Work. You’ll understand the steps children take on their learning and developmental journey, and learn how to support them along the way. Studies focus on specific elements such as how children develop language and an introduction to psychology, as well as a broader understanding of educational policy and practice theory. You’ll take part in work-based learning with placement opportunities, during which you’ll be encouraged to be critically reflective of your own work, as well as observing the practice of other professionals.


Educational Themes and Concepts * Creative and Inclusive Practice * Communication and Language * Work based Learning in Early Childhood Education and Care 1 * Child Development * Play, Holistic Development and the Early Years Foundation Stage * Work based Learning in Early Childhood Education and Care 2 * Educational Research * Safeguarding and Child Protection in the Early Years * Learning and Teaching * Childhoods in a Globalised World * Learning Outdoors * Education Project * Work based Learning in Early Childhood Education and Care 3 * Towards a critical pedagogy with children and young people with SEND * Leadership and Quality in the Early Years * Supporting Children and Young People

Assessment method

Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Field trips, Practicals, Blended Learning Group discussions, Workshops, Supported independent study, Group presentations, Work based assessed placement

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
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


GCSE English Language grade C or 4 or above is also required.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £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
International £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
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