London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

The Early Childhood Studies degree at London Metropolitan University was one of the first degrees of its kind in the UK, developed to meet the demand for well-qualified early childhood specialists working with young children and their families across all sectors.

High performing graduates from this course will gain graduate Practitioner status, accredited by the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN). The practitioner competencies focus heavily on applying academic elements of the degree into work placements. You will meet the nine competencies through assessed observations of practice, practice-based tasks and academic assessment.

**More about this course**

A unique feature of this undergraduate degree is that it's designed for both experienced practitioners and those new to the early childhood field. As well as offering flexible study opportunities, our degree includes assessed practice, which means tutors visit/appraise you in professional settings. This appraisal, combined with our entry requirements is important for you to be classified as having a license to practice. These factors will impact your salary when you seek employment in the early years’ sector.

The focus of the course is the study of the play, development and learning of children from birth to six years old in a sociocultural context and the implications this has for practice in early childhood settings. The course emphasises the links between theory and practice, and highly values the development of professional and academic skills and knowledge.

This degree will equip you to implement effective practice with children and families in a range of situations and to act as an advocate for their rights and wellbeing. The early childhood studies course team includes writers and researchers at the forefront of the field who are passionately committed to enabling, empowering and inspiring students to make transformational changes to their own lives and to the lives of children, families and communities. We'll aim to do this by:

- valuing our students' individual experiences and existing knowledge

- embracing different opinions and experiences

- ensuring that issues of equality and social justice underpin our work

- engaging in continuous critical reflection and analysis

- working with integrity, energy and enthusiasm

- Continue through regular consultation regarding the needs of the workforce. This results in bespoke course development and continuing professional development training. Many students also benefit from employer/employee tuition fee funding

The course team is closely linked to all the major early childhood national organisations as well as having connections with academic colleagues and students internationally through their teaching and research activities.

**What our students say**

"I find the course content very interesting. The tutors are supportive and the feedback I get on my work is really useful.” Rachel Kent

"The course was a great chance to build on what I already knew and helped me discover interests in areas I didn't consider previously." Billy Olly

"My knowledge in childcare has developed tenfold since taking part in this degree course. The tutors are not only incredibly knowledgeable but also unbelievably supportive giving 100 per cent. It's because of their support and belief in me that I am hoping to apply for my master's degree." Natasha Curzi-Micallef

Course Modules

Example Year 1 modules include:

Perspectives on Children's Development

Safeguarding Young Children's Health and Well-being

Understanding Play

Academic Skills and Professional Placement

Adults and Children as Learners: An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies

Example Year 2 modules include:

Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years

Challenging Inequalities

Children's Rights in Today's World

Communicating in Multi-lingual contexts

Enquiry-based Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters

Promoting Early Learning Through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1

Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six

Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement: Part 2

Example Year 3 modules include:

Debating Children and Childhood

Early Childhood Studies Project

Leading Practice with Children, Families and Professionals

Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood

The Project (Early Childhood Studies)

Start Date:

09/2020 02/2021

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Distance Learning Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 Home Fees
4 years
Distance Learning Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 European Fees