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University of Chester

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X310
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BA (Hons) 4 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

96-104

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Subjects
  • Academic studies in education
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
99% MED
Average graduate salary
£14k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BCC-CCC

Scottish Highers
BBBB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
D*D*

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMD

International Baccalaureate
26

UCAS tariff points
112

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-104 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

89%

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

£9,250

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

A distinguishing feature of our programme is the emphasis on placement experience in a range of early childhood settings. In developing knowledgeable and articulate professionals, students graduate with a full and relevant qualification for the purposes of employment within early years settings. Your study will link theory to practice, and will receive support in making the transition to academic writing in Higher Education.

Modules

Level 1: Considers the developing child in society and introduces students to the fundamental concepts of this field of study; typical modules include: issues related to child development; young children learning; observation and assessment (double module); children and families in contemporary British society; child protection and the law; multi-agency collaboration and partnerships; quality in early childhood settings. Level 2: Focuses on individual needs, including those factors influencing development, and introduces a greater level of analysis and reflection with emphasis placed on the ideas informing and explaining practice; typical modules include: early language and communication acquisition; child health and illness; young children's behaviour; partnership with parents and carers and other providers; inclusion: young children with special needs; inclusion: gender and ethnicity; concluding with a work-based learning (double) module. Level 3: Examines early childhood policies and practice, and develops a greater critical understanding of key issues and reflective practice; typical modules include: principles underpinning early years education and care; management and inspection in early childhood settings; international perspectives of early childhood; dissertation.

University of Chester

Chester campus accommodation

The University of Chester has an amazing community spirit. This is due to smaller lecture groups and excellent support services, so you are always a name not a number. All of this is set on beautiful campuses, with the main site just a 10 minute stroll from the historic city of Chester. Our graduates are among the north-west's most employable.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
68%
10%

Year 1

18%
63%
19%

Year 2

15%
85%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
100%

Year 1

100%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources

85%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

70%

Feedback on work has been helpful

64%

Feedback on work has been prompt

73%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

82%

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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
85% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
60% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
307 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
66% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% 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 99% MED
Average graduate salary £14k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

42%

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 early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not classed as 'graduate level' in the stats, but many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.
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