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Sheffield Hallam University

Early Childhood Studies

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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Academic studies in education
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£15.6k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies. Or 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 88-104 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

Through core modules you develop your understanding of the way children explore, develop, think and learn and the meaning of their play. You increase your understanding of the importance of health and emotional wellbeing to young children and the need to work closely with parents and other agencies to safeguard them. During your second year you choose two elective modules. There is a variety to choose from and they include forest schools, various aspects of special needs education. You also learn about the importance of play in young children's lives. There is also the opportunity to travel internationally as part of the Erasmus programme. Erasmus is a student exchange programme which offers studying and working abroad in Europe for three to twelve months. In your final year you consider children's participation, develop leadership qualities and complete a research project linked to your interests and work-based learning. This provides a strong foundation for any career working with young children and their families. During the course you gain knowledge in • early childhood education • safeguarding • child development • the health and culture of children under eight years. You can develop your interests and career aims by focusing on particular areas, such as • children’s friendships • forest school • gender and identity • working with families • popular culture • young children’s wellbeing • young children's medical needs • children and autism. Work placements As well as theoretical understanding, you develop your professional experience and confidence working in a range of early childhood environments. We offer placement opportunities in a variety of settings, such as • schools • children's centres • woodland schools • outreach work • child minders • independent schools • children's hospitals. Placements take up around 25 days of each of the first two years and 22 days of your final year. They are designed to give you a wide range of experience in working with young children and families, enhancing your career prospects after you graduate. You develop a range of practical skills, such as how to • identify and support children’s individual needs • build appropriate and trusting relationships with children and their families • understand play situations in order to develop practice and experiences for young children • listen to children and understand how they think. Teaching Your studies are led by a team of lecturers with extensive and varied professional experience in key services for children and families. Many lecturers are published authors and researchers, driving forward knowledge in their areas. You take part in small tutorial groups who meet regularly to link practice to your academic studies. You then build on this experience with work-based learning in relevant maintained, private, voluntary and independent settings, including • children’s centres • schools • preschools • day nurseries • outreach workers • child-minders • specialist support groups. Early years educator qualification (DFE approved) If you do not already have a Level 3 early years qualification, you can complete this alongside your degree. This allows you to gain an equivalent award, which lets you take up employment as a qualified member of staff in early years settings. To achieve this qualification you need to possess Maths and English GCSEs. Forest Schools If you have an interest in young children’s outdoor learning, you can choose an optional module to gain a Level 2 practical skills qualification in Forest Schools. You link theory to practice whilst in the woods in the south east of Sheffield. You work alongside tutors and wildlife officers to develop your understanding of different learning environments and gain some new practical skills to use with young children. We are constantly looking for teaching opportunities to reflect current early years thinking and therefore enhance your employment prospects.


Modules cover subjects such as • understanding children's development • understanding children's play • health • child protection and safeguarding • understanding children's family contexts • listening to children and understanding participation • leadership in early years services • research project. We also aim to provide various options to enable you to follow your interests in particular areas. These are flexible each year to reflect the changing landscape of early childhood and your needs as a student.

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

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 88%
Student score 79% 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
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
90% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
21% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
294 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
67% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £15.6k MED
Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals


Graduates who are customer service occupations


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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