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

  • Early Child Development

  • Skills for Academic Success

  • International Constructions of Childhood

  • Play and Learning

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Rights

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

  • Education Research Methods

  • Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

  • Work Based Pedagogy in Practice

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

  • Policy and Practice in the Early Childhood

Optional modules

  • Informal and Non Formal Education and Learning

  • Creativity in Education

  • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings

  • 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

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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

2018 Tariff points: 104 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should also have GCSE English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with merits in a minimum of 30 credits
  • CACHE L3 Extended Diploma: C

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Any offers made are conditional on the results of an enhanced DBS check and confirmation that any health requirements have been met.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

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.