Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Early Childhood Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X312

What you'll study

This rewarding, flexible degree gives you the skills and knowledge to move into the early years workforce and practice at level six on graduation.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

The BA Early Childhood studies programme covers key themes in working with children, from curriculum issues to 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, young children and their development, emphasising the contribution of play to learning and development.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 that can be used when working with babies and young children while 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, providing 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 these 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 of and important milestones on the way to inclusion. These issues are examined in relation to exclusion, segregation and integration. The module progresses from the 1896 Committee on Defective and Epileptic Children through to the present day.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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.

Cormpulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Communication in the Early Years

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

  • Education Research Methods

    This module provides knowledge essential to carry out successful educational research. By exploring 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

    You will be introduced to the statutory framework for safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young people in educational settings in England. You'll consider the historical and social context of safeguarding and child protection with opportunities to research contemporary concerns such as modern child slavery.​

  • 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Policy and Practice in Early Years and Care​

    This module provides an introduction 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.

  • 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.

  • Leadership, Management and Team Working

    This module introduces aspects of leadership, management and team working in the context of children's services and education. As well as traditional views of leadership and management. There is also a focus on leadership and management in the 21st century and the collaborative approaches that support effective team working.

  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Explore a range of contemporary early years aspects of provision, care and education, including current international trends and how they impact on children and families. Included within this module will be an overview of different pedagogical approaches in a variety of countries including, New Zealand's Te Whaariki, Scandinavia's forest school education, Japan's day care centres, Italy's Reggio Emilia and the UK's early years foundation stage (EYFS).

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

Katie Hobson

More about this course

This flexible course equips you with the skills and knowledge to practice at level six. So on graduation, you'll be able to move straight into the early years workforce.

  • 98% of our educational studies students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018)
  • Guaranteed work experience throughout - we have links to more than 600 educational institutions giving you a better chance of a placement that suits your ambitions.
  • You can take specialist professional pathways, such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or continue with a Masters in Early Childhood.
  • Spend a semester at an English-speaking partner institution in a country renowned for high-quality childcare – such as Spain, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. Or you could spend the time gaining professional experience in the UK.

The University is a pioneer in delivering innovative learning that's aligned with current practice. Your job prospects are further enhanced by studying in different contexts – such as forest school learning, opportunities to study sign language and other interactive experiences.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Final year



Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children.

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

2019 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: 26 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.

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 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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 education, community, social or family support work, choosing professions such as an early years practitioner in the private, health or school sector. You could be 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.