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University of Portsmouth

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: LX53

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

96 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

96-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Early childhood studies

**Overview**
The next generation needs people with an understanding and vision of what future care and education looks like. If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people, and shape the conversation and strategies around early years development, this course is for you.

On this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree course, you’ll explore the theory and lives of children from birth to 8 years old. You'll develop the skills, knowledge and experience to become a confident early years practitioner and prepare yourself to take on roles in areas such as education, social care and health.

**On this degree course, you'll:**
- Develop a thorough understanding of the first 8 years of children's lives and develop the skills needed for a career in the early years sector

- Examine the issues shaping the lives of young children and explore what future care and education could look like

- Study the sociology, psychology, welfare and policies around young people

- Draw from current issues, using national and international views to explore the development of children in their first experiences at home and initial education

- Be taught by experts across many disciplines, and hear from regular guest speakers and our network of relevant local organisations

- Tailor your study to suit your interests and workplace ambitions

- Choose to do a traditional dissertation or work-based unit for your final project

- Complement your studies with our research seminars, guest speakers and School Book Club where you'll unpack issues alongside other students and lecturers

You can also tailor your studies to include the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) award. This doesn't give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but it does mean you can become a fully qualified teacher with specialised training for children aged five and under. Following your studies, you could go on to do a PGCE and gain QTS if you wish.

**Optional pathway**
You can follow an optional psychology pathway through this degree. You'll get to choose units in psychology, which will lead to BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology award when you graduate.

**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your links within the industry.

This course also allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

**Placement year**
After your second year of study, you can do a paid placement year, working within local schools and organisations. This lets you put your knowledge and skills to work while developing your links with employers. You’ll also get mentoring and support throughout your placement, to ensure you’re getting the most out of the year.

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared to take on roles in education, social care and health-related areas. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level. Our previous students have gone on to roles in:

- early years teaching and training

- nursery practice

- family support services

- management in early years

- healthcare and health promotion

- social work

- the voluntary sector

- environments that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability

Roles our graduates have gone on to include:

- training assessor

- teacher

- employability coordinator

- careers advisor

- schools liaison officer

You'll get help and support in finding a job and planning your career from our Careers and Employability service throughout your studies and for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Modules

In the first year of this degree you will be introduced to a broad range of skills and knowledge that will support you in your study focusing on constructs of childhood, child development and how young children needs are met, particularly within the context of the family and early years settings. In the second year you will study how government policy influences and impacts practice will be considered in greater depth. The use of options at this stage will enable you to start focusing on a specific area of interest. You will also have the opportunity to experience paid or voluntary work with children if you take the Life Elective in an option this year. Your third year will focus on curriculum requirements, policies and the rights of the child as you specialise in an area of interest through your choice of dissertation and options.

Assessment methods

We use a range of assessment methods to ensure that you reach your academic potential. We assess your work through a variety of essays, group and individual presentations/projects, tests and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,500
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Welfare professionals
16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
5%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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