BA (Hons) Early Years Education

Course summary

You can help to shape the future through learning about early years education. During this innovative new course you will study how 3-7 year olds learn, gain insight into child development, and learn how to help them grow into their full potential.

child-with-paper-and-pencilWhy choose this course?You will explore the latest theory and analysis surrounding childhood and the roles that culture, play and legal issues have in childhood education today. You will learn about child development and learning in today's multicultural societies, preparing you for all modern contexts in your educational career.

You will study a diverse range of modules, from legal issues such as family rights and safeguarding to psychological theory. This allows you to get a thorough understanding of all factors affecting the field, as well as helping you identify the areas you could specialise in.

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

Career and study progression
Your degree can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular paths for graduates include teaching and social work.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details, please see the Career and study progression section.

Course detail

children-in-classroomYear one (Level 4) modules

  • The Rights of Children
  • Introduction to Education 
  • Learning Theories and Practices (including TEL)
  • Inclusion and Equality in Early Years
  • Current Issues in Early Years

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Observation and Assessment in Early Years Education
  • Experiencing Education in Practice
  • Communication and Literacy in Early Years Education
  • Lifespan Development
  • Investigating Education and Education Settings

Plus *one of the following:

  • Childhood and Society
  • Cognition in Action

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Policy and Practice in Early Years Education
  • Leadership in Early Years Education
  • Dissertation  
  • Special Education Needs in Early Years

Plus *one of the following

  • Language and Mind
  • Early Years in a Multicultural Context
* Option modules will run subject to staff availability and viable student numbers opting to take the module

Entry requirements

112 UCAS points (of which at least 160 must be from a relevant area, for example: humanities, social science and literature/languages or childhood/social care professionalisms).

We accept the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Level 3 Qualifications or a combination of A Level and Level 3 BTEC qualifications, or Level 3 BTEC and Access courses in Social Care
  • All Level 3 qualifications, including the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 21 Level 3 credits at Merit
  • Equivalent international qualifications
  • If your combined qualifications fall short of the required UCAS points (as may be the case for applicants returning to studying as mature students) your application may still be considered if there is strong evidence of experience working in an educational setting. In this case you will be invited to interview and required to undertake a short written paper in order to assess your suitability for the academic demands of the course. An offer of a place may subsequently be made
  • We also consider applications from those who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience. Similarly, you will be invited to interview and required to undertake a short written paper in order to assess your suitability for the academic demands of the course. An offer of a place may subsequently be made.

You must hold GCSEs in English and Mathematics at Grade 'C' and above. If you intend to apply for PGCE to attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) GCSE Science at Grade 'C' or above is strongly recommended.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We will also consider students for direct entry into Level 5 (Year 2) and Level 6 (Year 3) providing they meet our criteria for APL.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

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Fees for overseas students

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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

You can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

International students

Complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

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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:

  • community and private education
  • local authority educational provision
  • early years teaching (subject to completing a PGCE)
  • youth work
  • community development work
  • youth counselling
  • social work.

Study progression

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 teaching status
  • education
  • sociology
  • psychology
  • criminology
  • social work.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.