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University of Northampton

Early Childhood Studies (with Foundation Study)

UCAS Code: X311
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
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£15.4k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers


BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 56 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

Not available

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 Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance, no matter what their educational background. If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for the BA Early Childhood Studies, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA Early Childhood Studies programme which includes the Foundation Study Framework that will help you develop the subject knowledge and academic skills you need in order to successfully progress to the full award. The Foundation Study Framework provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by professionals working in the area of Early Childhood Studies. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Early Childhood Studies modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One). The fee for the Foundation Study Framework is £6300; thereafter standard fees apply. All of your essential reading will be available from the University's Library which means that all your essential course reading materials are available for free when you start with us Join us in September 2018 and be the first to experience student life at the University’s brand-new Waterside Campus. Come along to one of our Open Days to find out more. Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.


**FOUNDATION STUDY FRAMEWORK:** You will study two x 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study Framework. These are: • Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study. • Research for Practice – provides an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. It will also include an introduction to the academic languages of the subject and the learning experience of degree study. These modules are delivered concurrently with one 40 credit Level 4 module from your programme: • Studying Child Development in the Early Years. Upon successful completion of these modules, you will progress to Stage One of BA Early Childhood Studies, in which you will receive further support through: • Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas – focuses specifically on the generation and development of ideas, building the key IT/ literacy/numeracy skill sets required by the programme. In the remainder of Stage One, you will take one further 40 credit Level 4 module and two 20 credit level 4 modules from the BA Early Childhood Studies. **STAGE 2:** • Children and Society part one: SEN and Inclusion (compulsory) • Safeguarding and Looked After Children (compulsory) • Children and their Learning, 0-8 (compulsory) • Personal, Academic and Professional Development 2 (compulsory) • Creative and Therapeutic Approaches in Children’s (compulsory) • Children and Society part two: Diversity (compulsory) **STAGE 3:** • Leadership, Management and Support in Children’s Services (compulsory) • Research and Inquiry in Professional Contexts (compulsory) • Children’s Services Dissertation (compulsory) • Specialist Option: Education (designated) • Specialist Option: Health and Social Care (designated) • Professional Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care (designated) Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

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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 81%
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
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
87% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
41% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
281 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
64% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 98% MED
Average graduate salary £15.4k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


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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