University of East London

Course Introduction

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Early Childhood Studies but you don’t have the standard entry requirements.

First we prepare you for your degree during your Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Our course will give you a fascinating insight into the way children experience their childhoods and how that experience influences them as they develop.

You will look at childhood from a range of different critical perspectives and explore the factors that influence the childhood experience. You’ll examine issues such as health, early-years legislation and global inequalities in childhood.

You will have the opportunity to work on projects in the local community, applying your developing knowledge by devising practical solutions to real-life problems.

Early childhood is a well-established and popular area of study at UEL. Our academic team come from a broad range of professional backgrounds and cultures and, together, they have more than 100 years of experience in the field.

Early Childhood Studies is available online. This makes it easy to fit around parenting or work. You’ll study using our virtual learning environment, Moodle, which includes chat rooms, reading materials, lecture clips and assignments.

Course Modules

Foundation Year:

Becoming an Early Childhood Undergraduate (core)

Rethinking Children’s Behaviour (core)

Play and talk in learning (core)

Key Concepts in Studying Early Childhood (core)

Year 1:

Pedagogy: Supporting Development in the Early Years (core)

Perspectives of Early Childhood Development (core)

Children in their Social Contexts (core)

Children with Additional Needs and Children’s Health (core)

Year 2:

Issues and Controversies in Early Childhood Development (core)

Observing, Documenting and Researching with Children, Families and Practitioners (core)

Social Policy for Children and Families (core)

Advocating for Children: National and international Contexts (core)

Year 3:

Early Childhood Research Dissertation (core)

Leading and Managing Partnerships in the Early Years (core)

Children, Culture and Globalisation (core)

Multimodal Learning in Early Childhood (optional)

Volunteering (optional)

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £12,100 Overseas Fees