Middlesbrough College

Early Childhood Practice Middlesbrough College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Open University Validating Partnership


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Course summary

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Childhood studies is an exciting field drawing on knowledge from psychology, sociology and psychoanalysis. Early childhood experiences contribute to formative development and affects children for the rest of their lives. The modern world presents a wide range of new and challenging experiences for children, including constant access to media, wider cultural diversity, cyber-bullying and larger school numbers.

This course prepares students to enter a career working with infants and children, whether in education, health care or children’s services, and make a positive contribution to these formative years

Successful students may choose to progress to the BA (Hons) (Top-up) Early Childhood Professional Studies, a one-year top up programme also delivered at the College, to gain a full Honours Degree award.

Course details


Year 1
Supporting Children’s Development
Learning Within Early Childhood
Policy and Practice in the Early Years
Continuous Professional Development Portfolio (WBL)
Year 2
International Perspectives in Early Years Education
Research Practice in the Early Years
Working Together to Protect Children
Continuous Professional Development Portfolio (WBL)

Assessment method

You will be assessed through coursework which includes essays, reports, case studies, research reports and portfolio work.

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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points This can be from a range of appropriate Level 3 qualifications. Please contact the College if you have any queries.
A level EEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma Successful completion of the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma.
Scottish Higher Please contact the College if you are studying these qualifications.

You must be 18 years or over by 31 December in your first year of study.
You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject.
You must also have a commitment to continuing professional development in the early years sector.

You will also have to attend an interview prior to joining the programme and complete a written answer of 300 words outlining why you want to study on the degree programme and complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check).

To apply to Level 5/year two, you must have 120 credits at Level 4 in a child care foundation degree or equivalent.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,300 Year 1
England £6,300 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,300 Year 1
Scotland £6,300 Year 1
Wales £6,300 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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Middlesbrough College
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