Early Childhood Studies

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

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BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

In the Foundation Year you are introduced to subjects relating to Early Childhood Studies.  Modules include Psychological and Sociological aspects of Learning, Environments for Learning, Professional Practice, Study Skills and Specialist Subject.  You will also be able to complete a Cache Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education which contributes towards achieving Early Years Educator status.  There will also be opportunities to gain practical experiences from field trips and training in forest school practice.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £9,000

Overseas: Please contact the Faculty of Education for details:

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY 82% 0% 18%
Y1 10% 50% 40%
Y2 13% 33% 54%
Final 14% 0% 86%
FY 0% 12% 88%
Y1 20% 30% 50%
Y2 0% 7% 93%
Final 0% 5% 95%

About the course

This new BA is distinctive in being fully focused on employability. Indeed, the degree equips you with the skills and knowledge to practice at Level Six upon graduation, enabling you to move straight into the Early Years Workforce. Flexible in its make-up, this programme also allows you to take specialist professional pathways such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT). Uniquely, in Year 2 all students can choose to take part in study abroad for one semester at a choice of English speaking partner institutions in countries renowned for high-quality childcare - such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden and China. Alternatively, you can choose to spend this time gaining professional work experience either in the UK or abroad.

Hull is a pioneer in delivering innovative learning that is aligned with current practice. Recent pilot schemes have seen students receive mobile devices, reflecting the integration of technology in real-world settings. Such focus on digital and practical skills set you apart from those studying elsewhere who may receive a purely theoretical grounding. Job prospects are further enhanced as you study in different contexts, such as outdoor learning and other interactive experiences.


BA (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 72 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Increased recognition of the importance of quality early years provision has seen a recent policy focus on the sector. Our course reflects the resulting high demand for well-trained professional practitioners, and is tailored to prepare you for the employment market.

Employment options following graduation are varied. You may decide to focus on community, social or family support work, choosing professions such as an early years practitioner in the private, health or school sector, a parent support worker or a professional supporting young children with additional needs and their families. You could also apply the skills you learn to other areas of the public and private sector.

In addition, you may wish to choose a pathway to further study and training. Opportunities include programmes such as a Masters degree, Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Graduate Teacher Programme. You could also obtain Early Years Teacher Status through a range of professional EYITT training pathways available at the University of Hull.