Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Overview

The next generation needs people with an understanding and vision of what future care and education looks like. If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people, and shape the conversation and strategies around early years development, this course will meet your ambitions.

On this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree course, you’ll explore the theory and lives of children from birth to 8 years old. You'll develop the skills, knowledge and experience to become a confident early years practitioner and prepare yourself to take on roles in areas such as education, social care and health.

What you'll experience:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the first 8 years of children's lives and develop the skills you need for a career in the early years sector
  • Examine the issues that shape the lives of young children in society and explore what future care and education could look like
  • Study the sociology, psychology, welfare and policies surrounding young people
  • Draw from current issues, using national and international viewpoints to explore the development of children in their first experiences at home and in initial education
  • Be taught by experts with experience across several disciplines, and hear from regular guest speakers and our network of relevant local organisations
  • Tailor your study to suit your interests and workplace ambitions
  • Choose whether to do a traditional dissertation or work-based unit for your final project
  • Complement your studies with our research seminars and guest speakers where you'll grapple with issues alongside other students and lecturers
  • Run simulation activities in our controlled environment practice suite, to examine how children respond to play and learning activities

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your links within the industry.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Children and Youth Development – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the field of child and adolescent development covering the specific ages of 0-5 and 5-7 as well as older children and young people.

Children, Young People and Social Policy – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll define social problems and issues, and examine the government's attempts to address them.

Equality and Diversity in Practice – 40 credits- This module introduces you to the ideas behind equality and diversity, giving you an overview of the  current issues in the moral and philosophical agenda in this area.

Health and Well Being of the Child and Young Person – 20 credits- Supporting and providing services for children and young people involves understanding their requirements in relation to their health and well being.

Perspectives of Early Childhood Education – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine the notions and theories that have influenced thinking about early childhood education.

Year 2

Core modules

Global Childhoods – 20 credits- In this module you’ll focus on how the globalisation process impacts on the experiences and identities of children and young people across the world.

Just Playing? – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll explore perspectives, meanings and contexts of play as an essential component of childhood.

Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education and Care – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll complete assessed work-based learning at early year educator level or build on your existing knowledge and experience working with young children in the early years foundation stage (EYFS)  to develop your professional practice.

Research with Children and Young People – 20 credits- Research with children and young people helps to further our knowledge and understanding of how children develop and the issues they face in childhood.

Optional modules

Children’s Literature – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll look at children’s literature from books for the very young to the contemporary picture book, as well as exploring adult themes found in young people’s and adolescent literature.

Children’s Social Minds – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine the way in which children’s social minds develop through psychological perspectives and the socialisation influences which surround them.

Development of Learning – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll critically examine seminal and contemporary theories of learning and consider how external influences contribute to the way we learn.

Digital Natives – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll explore what constitutes technology for children and its usage in respect to children's learning, development play and social networking.

Gender, Race and Education – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll focus on theories and practices of gender and race in the context of education.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits- The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits- In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Study Abroad – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll take on a study abroad programme in the second semester of your second year with an agreed partner.

Optional sandwich year

Work Placement Year - 120 credits- With support, you'll identify and arrange a placement opportunity with an appropriate company or organisation.

Study Year Abroad - 120 credits- On this module you'll live and study abroad with one of our agreed university partners.

Year 3

Core modules

Developing and Extending Young Children’s Thinking for Learning – 20 credits- This module will develop your knowledge of methods and practice of young children's learning in the age ranges of 3-5 and 5-7. 

Dissertation/Major Project (Education) – 40 credits- On this module you'll design and complete an extended academic literature based, or empirical study with clear and specific aims, based on your own critical enquiry into a specific topic developing your personal learning and original thought.

Promoting Early Learning – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll  critically explore and reflect on the effective practice needed to promote early learning and development for children from birth to 3-years-old.

Optional modules

Behaviour Matters – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll explore the core theories and perspectives regarding behaviour management.

Children and Young People with Severe Learning Difficulties – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll focus on children and young people with severe learning difficulties.

Developing Professional Practice 1 (EYITT) – 20 credits- As an Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) trainee you’ll critically examine your professional beliefs and practices in this module. You'll also evaluate the contribution of others in the field.

Developing Professional Practice 2 (EYITT) – 20 credits- As an Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) trainee, this module will develop your understanding of your professional role as an early years' leader and teacher.

Developing Professional Practice 3 (EYITT) – 20 credits- This module develops your understanding of your professional role as an early years' leader and teacher.

Families in Need – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll explore the way in which children, young people and families experience issues deemed problematic by society.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits- The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Issues Relating to Children and Young People’s Mental Health – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll focus on children whose development becomes a cause for concern, and whose behaviour may be challenging and difficult.

Working with Looked After Children – 20 credits- Children and young people with experience of the UK care system often have complex needs which present challenges for services and carers.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • group and individual projects and presentations
  • tests
  • a dissertation or work based unit

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared to take on roles in education, social care and health related areas. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

What can you do with an Early Childhood Studies degree?

Our previous students have gone on to roles in:

  • early years teaching and training
  • nursery practice
  • play work
  • family support services
  • management in early years
  • healthcare and health promotion
  • social work
  • the voluntary sector
  • environments that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability

What jobs can you do with an Early Childhood Studies degree?

Roles our graduates have gone on to include:

  • training assessor
  • teacher
  • employability coordinator
  • careers advisor
  • schools liaison officer

You'll get help and support in finding a job and planning your career from our Careers and Employability service throughout your studies and for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

University of Portsmouth in Pictures

Upcoming Open Days at University of Portsmouth

30
NOV

Undergraduate Open Day

30 Nov 2019, 09:30 AM - 30 Nov 2019, 15:00 PM University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
Visit Website
Come along to a University of Portsmouth Open Day and see for yourself what we can offer you. Tour our beautiful seaside city campus, see which halls of residence you could be living in, attend a course talk where you can speak to lecturers and ask our current students anything you'd like to know. Give me a home I’ll feel at home in. Give me the University of Portsmouth.

Latest Updates from University of Portsmouth

Location of University of Portsmouth