BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 8200.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    Whether experienced in the early years sector or not, if you are committed to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families; this degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect foundation for your career. While studying our degree, you will develop the skills as a critically reflective practitioner and learn to be a creative and visionary leader needed for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment.

    There are two pathways for this course: a Practitioner Pathway and a Non-Practitioner Pathway. Your choice will be dictated by whether you are already working within an early years setting and whether you already possess a vocationally related qualification. In Year 2 you will be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, culminating in the achievement of a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner or Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. For practitioners you will have the opportunity to develop your skills with CPD units from the Diploma.


    The modules studied may include:
    • The Reflective Practitioner
    • The Child in Society
    • Introduction to Leadership and Management
    • Child Health and Wellbeing
    • Dissertation: Primary Research or Secondary Research

    Find an example of the course handbook here

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    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    There are no exams on this programme, each module is assessed by means of assignments – reflective essay, learning and development resources, and presentations. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.

  • Progression Opportunities

    You could secure employment in family support and projects working in a range of early years settings – children’s centre worker, home/school liaison officer, early years practitioner or a role within a primary school. The Honours Degree could also lead to management and leadership roles within early years settings, children’s centres and schools. Post-graduate qualifications such as a PGCE are also a possibility.

  • Entry Requirements

    • 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level)
    • BTEC Qualifications (QCF) MMP (Extended), DM (Diploma), D*D (90 Credit Diploma)
    • Access to HE course in a relevant subject area
    • Or equivalent

    You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work.

  • Costs

    Please note that the fee for this course is as follows:

    Year 1: £8,200

    Year2: £8,200

    Year 3: £7,800

  • Meet your lecturers

    Louise Hannan