Early Childhood Studies University College Birmingham


Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Course Snapshot
Our Early Childhood Studies (with Graduate Practitioner Competencies) degree, accredited by the University of Birmingham, is designed to give you the opportunity to engage with the array of multiple perspectives within early childhood and provides a strong foundation for progression to a variety of careers working with children, including opportunities for progression to postgraduate study.

Who’s the course for?
This course is perfect for students seeking to go into a diverse sector where careers include working as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator, child psychologist, nursery owner/manager, primary school teacher or nurse.
Why should I study the course?
Early childhood is viewed as the most important period of life and the experiences gained during this time shape and lay the foundations for our future. So, if you enjoy spending time with young children and you are passionate about helping them grow, learn and succeed then being part of that journey will be highly rewarding, challenging and, indeed, fun.

This degree has been designed to give you the academic knowledge to succeed, plus the critical application of theory to practice through a variety of work placements, including nurseries, schools, special schools and children’s centres.

Great. Tell me some more...
Our Early Childhood Studies (with Graduate Practitioner Competencies) degree is one of the very first in the UK to incorporate the new and innovative Graduate This new course is endorsed by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) and recognised by the Department for Education (DfE).

So what modules will I study?
Year 1: Nurturing Children’s Health and Well-being, Introduction to the Early Years Framework, The Child in Society, Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Play, Growth, Learning and Development and Pioneers, Pedagogy and Philosophy.
Year 2:
Child Protection and Safety in Practice, Effective Leadership and Management Skills, Child Development, Research in Action, and SEND within the Early Years Sector. One Option from: Creativity and Play in the Early Years, Children of the Future and Transition of Childhood.
Year 3: Leading and Managing Systems, Enhancing Employability for Graduate Practice and Dissertation. One Option from: Socio-Historical Aspects of Childhood, Children’s Voice and Pedagogical Leadership in Play.
What skills will I gain?
An in-depth understanding of children’s holistic needs is promoted, which not only considers the child’s development, but also such entities as the family, community and wider socio-political agenda. The course also includes diverse enrichment opportunities, including Makaton training, baby massage and Lego therapy, enabling you to further widen your skills, as well as visits to experience different childhood approaches first-hand, for example, trips to Forest Schools.

What about the future?
Graduates will be equipped to work in child-related organisations in education, welfare, leisure, advocacy and counselling in a variety of roles, including:

  • Lecturer in Further Education

  • Family event organiser

  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator

  • Children and adolescent mental health advisor/officer

  • Family liaison officer (with the police service)

  • Family link officer (for the prison service)

  • Out of school club manager

  • Nursery manager/owner

Alternatively, with further study, opportunities exist to become a child psychologist, teacher, social worker, nurse, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist.

UCB Disclosure and Barring Service Process
Applicants who secure a place on this course will be invited to UCB to complete the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) process. This will also be funded by UCB with no charge to applicants.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details

Assessment method

There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment. The modes of assessment are varied and include essays, reports, portfolio building, presentations, opportunities for research, the production of a creative resource and a training manual.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows: Coursework 100% (with the exception of an assessment in 1 module).

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X300
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms. Please email: international@ucb.ac.uk Alternatively, please call 0044 121 232 4447

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points The entry criteria at UCB can be met using different and multiple Level 3 qualifications.

If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040.
A level You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A levels (or their equivalent)

We do not specify specific grades within our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A levels (or their equivalent)

We do not specify specific grades within our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for BTEC learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Scottish Higher learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2.

Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. For example, our standard offer would be - A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points, from a combination of your Level 3 Qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

GCSE English Language grades 9-4 (A* - C) or Functional Skills Level 2

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2019/20, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx. International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx