education

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Early Childhood Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X312

What you'll study

The BA Early Childhood studies programme covers key themes in working with children, from curriculum issues and theories of children's learning. All workshops, seminars and lectures are integrated through digital technology and mobile devices - mirroring current professional practices.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

The BA Early Childhood studies programme covers key themes in working with children, from curriculum issues and theories of children's learning. All workshops, seminars and lectures are integrated through digital technology and mobile devices - mirroring current professional practices.

 The first year establishes theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of child development, health and well-being and diversity from 0–7 years. It explores from national and international perspectives the ideas underpinning the study of childhood, and young children and their development, emphasising the contribution of play to learning and development.

Core modules

  • Child Health and Well Being

    This module gives you the opportunity to gain wider knowledge and understanding of stresses, environmental aspects,policies and practices which begin at conception and impact on children’s health and well being.

  • Early Child Development

    Discover the different observational techniques which can be used when working with babies and young children, whilst exploring the factors and theoretical concepts that influence early child development. Over the semester, you will carry out and evaluate observations of children relating to these child development concepts.

  • Skills for Academic Success

    This module runs across all first year Education programmes and will provide you with the essential study skills that you need in order to succeed at university. Studying, learning and assessment processes at university are different to those at school and college, so this module helps you to develop those essential skills.

  • International Constructions of Childhood

    Explore how childhood is perceived, lived and constructed across different societies and cultures worldwide. From an international perspective, the module addresses topics such as childhood and gender, childhood and religion, child wellbeing, child labour, urban childhoods, and others.

  • Play and Learning

    This module introduces you to a range of sociological and political perspectives on play-based learning and examines the interface between theories of learning, pedagogy and curriculum in early childhood.

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Rights

    This module introduces the key principles of inclusion, diversity and rights. It explores the historical context and important milestones towards inclusion, which are examined in relation to exclusion/segregation, and integration, progressing from the 1896 Committee on Defective and Epileptic Children through to the present day.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Your second year consists of an in-depth look at the specific skills and teaching of young children. You consider the curriculum in different areas of learning and development and examine childhood provision from a wider perspective including aspects of communication and safeguarding. The course also focuses on methods for observing and assessing learning. Uniquely, semester two gives opportunities for placements in early childhood settings at home or abroad, enabling you to observe pedagogy in practice.

Core modules

  • Communication in the Early Years

    Develop socially aware and critical attitudes to professional working within a changing society. You will examine how children develop communication skills, and the role adults play in supporting and extending these skills using a wide range of research findings on effective communication.

  • Education Research Methods

    This module provides essential knowledge to carry out successful educational research. By introducing research methodology and methods, you'll gain skills in designing questionnaires, interviews, observations and analysing research reports.

  • Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

  • Work Based Pedagogy in Practice

    Placement experience in the UK or overseas is the basis for increasing employability skills. Experiencing different cultures and employers develops confidence and supports early career choices; all of which are shared at the Student Conference.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Year 3 culminates in the application of specialist knowledge in local early childhood settings through a critical examination of current Government-supported initiatives and policies. You also develop knowledge and understanding of the particular theories and strategies necessary for success as a leader or manager in an early childhood setting. The Independent Study Project modules lead to an individual research project, typically conducted within an early childhood work placement.

Core modules

  • Dissertation

  • Communication in the Early Years

    Develop socially aware and critical attitudes to professional working within a changing society. You will examine how children develop communication skills, and the role adults play in supporting and extending these skills using a wide range of research findings on effective communication.

  • Policy and Practice in Early Years and Care​

    This module provides an introduction in to current legislation, professional guidance and national and local policy initiatives, supporting you to analyse these critically and relate these to the needs of children and families.

Optional modules

  • Informal and Non Formal Education and Learning

    Although often unacknowledged, informal or non-formal learning is happening all around us through voluntary and community organisations, in Youth and Community work, through on-line communities and in the workplace. In this module, you will evaluate a site of informal learning (of your choosing) and gain understanding into the crucial - yet often hidden - role informal and non-formal learning plays in society.

  • Creativity in Education

    Experience approaches to learning that encourage creative critical thinking. Creativity is observable in all areas of education and children's realities, including school, nursery, home and play. All children have creative abilities and it is our responsibility as educators to facilitate and encourage the creative capacities of thinking, originality, innovation, resourcefulness, individuality, vision, self expression and artistry.

  • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings

    This module focuses on finding ways of listening and responding to marginalised voices of children and young people.It seeks to redress the balance between the predominant voices of "experts" and those experiencing marginalisation, by developing an understanding of a variety of methodological participative tools, which can be used to bring about this shift in thinking.

  • Leadership in the Children's Workforce

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this 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 continue with a Masters in Early Childhood. 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 Spain, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and China. Alternatively, you can choose to spend this time gaining professional work experience in the UK.

Hull is a pioneer in delivering innovative learning that is aligned with current practice. Job prospects are further enhanced as you study in different contexts, such as Forest school learning, opportunities to study sign language and other interactive experiences.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

18%

5%

77%

Second year

11%

50%

39%

Final year

14%

86%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

20%

31%

49%

Second year

13%

87%

Final year

5%

95%

Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

104 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

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 academic 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

 

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.