Early Childhood Studies at Staffordshire University - UCAS

Course summary

A degree from our Early Childhood Studies programme is ideal if you want to gain a graduate-level qualification that will enable you to work with children aged from birth to 8 years old. You'll have a holistic approach to understanding early childhood, relating appropriate educational theory to practice. You'll look critically at the role of play, considering differing curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood researchers and theorists on current government perspectives and practices. This degree will prepare you for many types of employment and is supported by employers within the industry. Graduates from our Early Childhood Studies degree have progressed into primary Teacher Training, early years teaching, social work, further education, charity work and management. You'll gain placement opportunities across the birth to 8 years old age range and you'll establish lifelong networks that you can use throughout your career. In addition to our ‘core’ Early Childhood Studies degree we offer 3 pathways: Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND), Mental health and well being or which provide a more detailed focus into those area via specific modules and work based learning experiences. On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Special Education Needs and Disability, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Mental Health and Well Being or BA (Hons) with Education for Our Sustainable World Work placements Our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs. Students on our Early Childhood Studies degrees have worked with:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Early years settings
  • SEND settings
  • NGOs
  • Private training organisations
  • Local Councils
  • Armed Forces
  • Prison Service
  • Local Authorities
All students will attend work placements in early years settings throughout the programme, they will be expected to undertake work based activities in preparation for their teaching and learning sessions. These may include information exercises such as locating relevant policies and resource audits for review and discussion. Observations of children or work processes in the placement/work setting may be used to inform discussion, such as analysing children's needs, involvement in the planning process or the preparation of work focused learning materials. Placement records will provide support for learners on placement and all students will be supported by a work-based supervisor within the setting.


Year 1 compulsory modules: Play and Pedagogy with Babies and Young Children, The Emergent Graduate Professional, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Children, Families and Society Year 2 compulsory modules: Approaches to Play Therapy, Research Methods, Contemporary Issues, Developing Professional Practice Year 2 optional modules: International Pedagogy and practice (ECS Standard Pathway) Mental Health in context (MHWB pathway), Children with Complex Needs (SEND Pathway), Principles of Outdoor Pedagogy (ESW Pathway) Year 3 compulsory modules: Independent Research Project, Pedagogical Leadership in Early Years Settings, Digital Future of Education - 21st Century Learner, Children's Voices. Year 3 optional modules: Literacy and Numeracy (ECS Standard Pathway), Mental Health (MHWB Pathway, SEND and the Changing World (SEND Pathway), Educating for a Sustainable World (ESW Pathway)

How to apply

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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Go onto work and study

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further details of what is and is not included in your tuition fees please visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees/
Early Childhood Studies at Staffordshire University - UCAS