Course Info

Higher Education
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Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:

    4-6 (Degree)

  • Duration:

    3 Years

  • Fees:

    £6,000 per year (subject to change) (International students please refer to separate fees information)

  • Awarding/validation body:

    Subject for validation for 2021/22

Course Overview

This BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies is designed to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and competency with which to work as a senior practitioner in Early Years.

This three year full-time degree is designed to provide an excellent career opportunity for those who already work in an Early Years setting but who do not have a recognised practice qualification, and also for those who want to begin working with children aged 0-8years and their families.

The programme provides the opportunity to study early childhood from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective with strong emphasis on experiential practice, observations and professional reflections.

Modules studied include: Early Learning and Development; Educational Play; Collaborative Working; Leadership and Development; Safeguarding; Language Development; and Inclusivity and Multicultural Awareness.

Successful completion of the course leads some students to undertake initial teacher training while others gain managerial posts in Early Years or other related aspects of local authority provision. Some students progress to further study, for example higher level degree courses (e.g. Master’s Level in Family and Community Work or Education).

Course Highlights

This course is taught by lecturers who all have professional experience in the sector, and you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you are expected to work closely.

Classes are small and friendly and use a variety of teaching and learning styles including group work, discussion, role play, lectures and independent study. You will also get the opportunity to learn in the workplace and you will be required to undertake self-directed work placements in settings of your choice.

Opportunities to learn from external guest lectures, as well as educational visits are also available. The course has good links with local employers who offer work placements and contribute to development of the programme.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

On completion of this course, students will have attained the experience and disciplined characteristics of the role of a ‘Senior Practitioner’, and may choose either to continue working and/or to further their studies.

Students may gain employment at supervisory or management levels within an Early Years setting.

Former students have progressed to Senior Practitioner roles, Children and Families Support Work and postgraduate courses in Education or Family and Community work.


Progress is based on continuous assessment across six semesters. This process uses a range of approaches including reports, essays, seen exams, group presentations and reflective portfolios as well as observed practice experience.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 80 UCAS points from:

  • AS/A2 level (must include at least one A2) or other equivalent advanced level; or
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma in a related subject; or
  • A pass in a relevant Access to HE qualification; or
  • Other UK/Overseas Level 3 qualifications, recognised by UCC as equivalent to the above.

In addition we require:

  • A pass in English Language at GCSE at grade C/4 or above; or
  • A Level 2 Functional Skill English; or
  • IELTS test at band 6.0 or above with a minimum overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening; or
  • Level 2 literacy demonstrated through UCC’s internal assessment procedures; or
  • Another qualification which UCC recognises as equivalent to the above.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required tariff points.

Applicants should have some experience (paid or voluntary) of working with children aged from birth to eight years and their families.

International students would need to have an IELTS score of 6.0.

Application to this course is made via UCAS. For more information about applying to our HE courses, please visit our How to Apply page.


Institution Code for University Centre Croydon: C92

Course Code: L520

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.