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University of Derby

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X310
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BA (Hons) 6 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

104

% applicants receiving offers

94%

Subjects
  • Academic studies in education
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£15k 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

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

94%

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

The course will help you develop an understanding of early childhood from birth to eight years. Undertaking this degree will prepare you for a successful career in early childhood studies, which is a fast growing area of employment in the UK. To prepare you for a career with young children, you will undertake a placement to develop your knowledge and observational skills. This course gives the added option of following a practitioner route, which provides a childcare qualification recognised by the Department of Education. You'll have the opportunity to apply for a place on an international placement. If you're selected, you'll spend four weeks at a school in Milan. Other European fieldtrips are available - previous students have visited Budapest and the famous Peto Institute, who work with children with complex disabilities.

Modules

Stage 1: Concepts of childhood; study skills. Stage 2: Children and their families; specialisation from: education of young children; nursery, day care work; other fields of educare; plus a placement. Stage 3: Child and the wider world; continuation of specialisation; major independent early childhood study.

University of Derby

Students relaxing

At Derby we provide you with education with the personal touch. We're a friendly, down-to-earth uni based in the Midlands. At Derby, you'll have to work just as hard to get your degree as at other universities, but we like to do things a bit differently. We believe in being approachable and caring, offering our students plenty of support and treating people as individuals.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
69%
8%

Year 1

20%
72%
8%

Year 2

30%
70%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
100%

Year 1

100%

Year 2

95%
5%

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 94%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

81%

Feedback on work has been prompt

86%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

89%

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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
3% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
82% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
33% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
289 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £15k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

6%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

33%

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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