If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people and understand what makes them tick, you can combine the study of childhood and psychology on this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology degree.
You'll explore the theory and lives of children from birth to 8 years old, covering themes such as cover education, health and welfare. And you'll study psychology to build your understanding of children's individual and collective behaviour and how this affects their development.
At the end of the course you'll be set for a career in roles such as early years practitioner, play worker, youth worker, teacher and social worker.
To do this degree, you need to apply for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.
You'll study Early Childhood Studies in depth and add Psychology as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You'll graduate with a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology degree when you finish the course.
These are the entry requirements for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course.
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 a Early Childhood Studies degree?
Previous students have gone on to work in:
- social welfare
- the police force
- early years teaching and training
- nursery practice
- play work
- family support services
- early years management
- healthcare and health promotion
- social work
- the voluntary sector
- special educational and disability support
What jobs can you do with a Early Childhood Studies degree?
Specific roles that our graduates have gone on to include:
- training assessor
- employability coordinator
- careers advisor
- schools liaison officer
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
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.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
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.
After your second year of study, you can do a paid placement year, working within local schools and organisations. This lets you put your knowledge and skills to work while developing your links with employers.
You'll get mentoring and support throughout your placement, to ensure you're getting the most out of the year.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology degree
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.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- group and individual projects and presentations
- written examinations
- practical reports
- self-led research project
- a dissertation or work based project
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group-based activities
- individual and group presentations
- poster presentations
- project work
- practical research and experiments
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you'll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Early Childhood Studies pathway. In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 10 hours a week. The rest of the time you'll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 - September to December
- Assessment period 1 - January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 - January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 - May to June
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.
Learning development tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students - £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students - £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship - may be subject to annual increase)
- International students - £15,500 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
You need to choose BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies when you apply for this course, because this is a 'pathway' course. This is where you study Early Childhood Studies in depth and add Psychology as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You'll then graduate with a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology degree when you complete the course.
If you change your mind after you apply, you can choose not to study Psychology in years 2 and 3. You'll then graduate with a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree when you complete the course.