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Plymouth University

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X310
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Academic studies in education
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
95% LOW
Average graduate salary
£15.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

112 UCAS points including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

BTEC Diploma

Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

International Baccalaureate

28 points overall to include Grade 5 at Higher Level in one subject. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

UCAS tariff points

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Take a fresh look at childhood. Exploring the theory and reality of children’s early years from many points of view, this innovative course will help you find your niche in this competitive sector. Investigate issues through the lenses of sociology, social psychology, history, and philosophy. Work directly with young children and their families on placements at home or abroad for up to a year. Graduate with a clear view of where your career is going. Additional Information about this Course: 90 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 97 per cent of students were in work/study six months after graduating. Develop your relational skills in a programme built around a core of care, which extends from ethics of work with children to reflecting on how students can support each other. Explore the relationships between play and learning in your own studies as well as in child development Expand your options beyond traditional teaching and open up further career opportunities in education, social care, community work, psychology, management and research. See for yourself how theories and policies are applied in practice by visiting a wide range of mainstream and specialist early years settings. Learn on the job with work-based modules to help you gain the practical skills employers are looking for. Choose to gain a whole 12-months of hands-on experience with an optional placement year. Take a broader view of children’s development by studying the subject in practical, historical and international contexts. Develop essential skills through a variety of coursework-based assessments – from essays, surveys and child observations to group presentations and video commentaries. Learn from experienced lecturers and tutors who are actively engaged in national and international research projects. Make the most of the opportunities presented by being part of a department that has strong links with universities in Europe, Canada, Africa and the USA and through the International Students’ Exchange Programme.


In the first year, you’ll get an overview of the factors that affect children’s lives and begin considering your own professional identity within the sector. You’ll explore how children grow and develop, drawing on the latest research around thinking, playing and learning. You’ll also gain an understanding of different approaches to observing children. Modules on social policy and equality and diversity will introduce you to key contemporary issues. Your second year focuses on developing your analytical and reflective skills, and expands your hands-on experience of early years roles. You will develop your understanding of research while studying children’s development and communication. You’ll choose two modules from a range of options including disability, the developing world, eco-education and children and stories. You’ll work directly with young children and families, learning both academically and practically from these experiences. You may choose to undertake a year of supervised work experience between the second year and the final year of study. You will work full-time in an organisation which has relevance to professional practice in Early Childhood; school, day care or other setting, at home or abroad. In the final stage of the programme you will be helped to make the transition from ‘knowledge consumer’ to ‘knowledge producer’. You will use your developing knowledge and experience to challenge, extend and critique other people’s ideas and your own. You will plan and carry out a research project to develop and disseminate understanding of what you have identified as an area of interest and you will continue to develop your capacity to act as a strong advocate for young children and families. If you are joining the final stage from a partner college you may choose to study on our FLECS (Flexible Learning in Early Childhood Studies) route. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
48% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
299 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% LOW
Average graduate salary £15.3k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.
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