Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitoner) [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitoner) [with Foundation Year]

Course summary

**Location of study: Level 3 – ARU Cambridge Campus Level 4-6 – ARU Chelmsford Campus** Explore the world through a child’s eyes - discover how they develop, learn and think, and pick up practical skills and experience to help you shape their future. You’ll also attend placements, and have the chance to achieve your Early Childhood Practitioner Competencies. On our Early Childhood Studies degree, you'll discover how children from 0 to 8 years old develop, learn and think, and how you can forge a rewarding career with children and families in a variety of early years settings. Working with young children is hugely rewarding and enormous fun, but can also be very challenging - education is a fast-paced sector. Our course will help you develop your understanding of professional and inclusive practice, and how you can support both the child and the family, to deliver a high standard of professional practice in the workplace. Using the latest theory and practical experiences you’ll explore current research around key topics including contemporary issues in education and pedagogical approaches, while building your leadership skills and considering possible careers across the early childhood sector. You’ll also have the opportunity to achieve your Early Childhood Practitioner Competencies, ensuring you graduate with a full and relevant early years qualification to meet the requirements of the graduate workforce. If you've already completed a foundation degree (or equivalent), you can gain a full honours degree in just one or two years with our Top-Up options. If you study on the face-to-face version of this course, you’ll need to attend lectures on campus one day a week and spend one day a week in your chosen placement setting. Our Education courses ranked 7th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024, and scored 90% for the Teaching on my Course in the National Student Survey 2023. On this course you’ll learn through practice as well as theory, in our Early Childhood Resource and Research Room and on placements, allowing you to hone your skills and get hands-on practical experience. Over the three years of the course you'll complete at least 80 placement days with out dedicated Placement Coordinator on hand to help you find them. Or, if you study by distance learning. and are already working in a relevant environment, you can usually complete your placement with your current employer You’ll also have access to additional volunteering and work experience as well as opportunities to take part in further professional development training, enrichment trips, research groups and various early childhood and education events. Throughout your studies you’ll be taught by experts in the field of early childhood, who have experience of working in the education sector. They will support your independent learning with a variety of teaching methods - including group activities, lectures, seminars and class debates / discussions – as well as interactive technology such as padlets, mentimeter and other interactive apps. You’ll also receive regular feedback and personal tutorial support throughout the course to develop both your academic and professional skills, as well as benefitting from the educational links and research our lecturers are involved in through our Early Childhood Research Group. Guided by the Early Years Professional Framework, we work with employers to ensure our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies will give you the knowledge, skills and abilities that they need. You’ll be qualified to work in any registered setting in England, including nurseries and pre-schools, and with additional training you could also consider a career in educational psychology or social work. You’ll complete at least 80 placement days over three years of the course, helping you hone skills and get hands-on experience. Our Placement Coordinator will help you source your placements.


Year 1: Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education. Year 2 Core modules: Learning and Development; Play, Health and Wellbeing; Researching Childhood; Early Years Practice and Pedagogy; Early Childhood Graduate Competencies. Year 3 Core modules: Embracing Diversity; Safeguarding Children; Supporting Children's Learning: Comparing Curricula; Early Years Practice, Policy and Professionalism; Early Childhood Graduate Competencies; Ruskin Module. Year 4 Core modules: Early Childhood Leadership and Management; Interdisciplinary Perspectives; Leading Change in Early Childhood Contexts; Early Childhood Graduate Competencies; Children's Rights; Undergraduate Major Project. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

You'll show your progress through different methods that will support the professional skills you need to progress within the education sector. These include observations, patchwork texts, presentations, case studies, portfolios, posters, investigations, reports and essays.

How to apply

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Chelmsford Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

5 GCSEs at grade D, or grade 3, or above and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3. If you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two years post-GCSE study requirement, but you still must meet the GCSE requirements. Applicants who do not meet the two years post GCSE study at level 3 may be considered based on their satisfactory employment history, which must be a minimum of two years full time employment supported by employer evidence and deemed appropriate by the University for meeting the course of study applied for.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)5.5With minimum 5.5 in each component

Equivalent English Language qualifications, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, are also accepted.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

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Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitoner) [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS