London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

Our Early Childhood Studies BA degree was one of the first programmes 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. This undergraduate 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.

This course gives you the option to graduate with or without the Graduate Practitioner status. To gain the practitioner status you’ll have to complete an additional work placement module in your final year. The practitioner status will enhance your chances of employment in the field of childhood studies and help you progress to leadership roles and/or postgraduate study. We are aligned to the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN) Graduate Competencies to deliver the practitioner status qualification.

**More about this course**

Our Early Childhood Studies BA degree is uniquely designed for both experienced practitioners and those new to the early childhood studies field. The focus of the course is the study of play, development and learning of children from birth to six-years-old in a socio-cultural 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 knowledge. It includes assessed practice, which means tutors will visit/appraise you in professional settings.

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. You’ll receive exceptional pastoral and academic support from your tutor and academic mentor, whose job will be to ensure you progress through your studies and settle in to university life.

In your first year, the focus will be on developing key skills that are indispensable for academic study at university, including reading, writing and constructing arguments. The study of these academic skills will be linked to other subjects on the course, including theoretical perspectives of holistic development, the use of play in supporting development, the safeguarding of children and inclusion. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement module, which will require you to work for two days per week with children aged four to five. You will be supported by a placement supervisor, a visiting tutor and a placement liaison officer.

Your second year will focus on developing research skills and analysing key information in childhood development, such as key legislation, pedagogical and curricular approaches. You’ll also learn how to engage in reflective discussion of how these approaches underpin inclusion and children’s rights. You may wish to complete your formal work experience at this stage (attaining the equivalent of a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification), or continue to work towards Graduate Practitioner status by undertaking a work placement in a setting with children under three.

In your final year you’ll undertake an independent project based on your early years practice experience, which will allow you to explore areas of your own academic interest. You’ll also have the opportunity to critically evaluate current debates in early childhood practice leadership and management, and consider the impact of this on the quality of care and education provision. There will also be an opportunity to continue working towards Graduate Practitioner status, which will require you to undertake a block placement in a setting with children aged six to eight years old and complete a verbal examination about your placement experience.

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

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 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) £12,700 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 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) £3,175 Overseas Fees
4 years
Distance Learning Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 European Fees
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) £3,175 Overseas Fees