University of West London

Course Introduction

Are you interested in working with children from birth to 7 years? With a degree in Early Years Education you will gain knowledge in child development, safeguarding, the importance of play, observation and assessment of learning in early years settings. The course also covers children’s rights, and working with families and communities to help children flourish and reach their full potential.

Why choose this course?

You will explore the latest theory and analysis surrounding childhood and the influence that culture, play and legal issues have on childhood education today. You will learn about child development, learning theories, and policy relevant to early years; all in the context of professional practice in today’s multicultural society.

You will study a diverse range of modules, from inclusion and equality, including family rights and safeguarding, to the rights of children, leadership and management, special educational needs, and working in multicultural settings. You will gain a thorough understanding of all factors affecting the field, helping you identify the areas you could specialise in.

You will also practice research methods to equip you with the skills to investigate the issues and concerns for professionals in Early Years education.

Work experience is integrated into the course, giving you crucial hands-on experience and extending your knowledge of the field. This will enhance your employability after graduating.

Career and study progression

This is a flexible degree with many transferable skills, but some of the most popular careers for this type of degree include:

• employment in early years settings

• youth or community education

• social work

• charity and third sector employment

• higher or further education in student-facing, or administrative services

• educational planning or policy.

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about.

Typical educational progression would include:

• Post Graduate Certificate of Education, giving you qualified teacher status

• Sociology

• Psychology

• Social Work

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £12,500 Overseas Fees