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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.

96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48.

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-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

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

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Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

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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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

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 will meet your ambitions.

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.

**What you'll experience**

On this Early Childhood Studies degree course, you'll:

- Develop a thorough understanding of the first 8 years of children's lives and develop the skills you need for a career in the early years sector

- Examine the issues that shape the lives of young children in society and explore what future care and education could look like

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

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

- Be taught by experts with experience across several disciplines, and hear from regular guest speakers

- Tailor your study to suit your interests and workplace ambitions

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

- Complement your studies with our research seminars and guest speakers where you'll grapple with issues alongside other students and lecturers

- Run simulation activities in our controlled environment practice suite, to examine how children respond to play and learning activities

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 birth to five years. Following your studies, you could go on to do a PGCE and gain QTS if you wish.

You'll be able to achieve Graduate Practitioner status for Early Years Practice by undertaking assessed practice in early years in each year of study, leading to the award BA Hons Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner). You may opt out of this in year 3.

This degree enables all graduates to achieve Graduate Practitioner status for Early Years Practice. You'll gain this qualification through an assessment of your early years practice in each year of study. If you're successful, you'll be awarded BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner). Students may opt out of this route in year 3 if they wish. (Please note, this route is not open to students studying Early Childhood Studies with Psychology.) 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.

**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

- play work

- 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

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Child and Youth Development
Children, Young People and Social Policy
Enrichment
Equality and Diversity in Practice
Health & Well Being of the Child and Young Person.
Perspectives of Early Childhood Education

There aren't any optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Enrichment
Global Childhoods
Just Playing?
Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education and Care
Research with Children and Young People

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Children's Literature
Children’s Social Minds
Development of Learning
Digital Natives
Gender, Race and Education
Introduction to Teaching
Modern Foreign Language
Study Abroad

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Developing and Extending Young Children's Thinking For Learning*
Dissertation / Major Project (Education)
Enrichment
Promoting Early Learning (0-3)

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Behaviour Matters
Children and Young People with Severe Learning Difficulties
Developing Professional Practice 1 (EYITT)
Developing Professional Practice 2 (EYITT)
Developing Professional Practice 3 (EYITT)
Early Years Teacher Status
Families in Need
Introduction to Teaching
Issues Relating to Children and Young People's Mental Health
Who's in Charge?
Won't Read, Can’t Read: Failing Readers
Working with Looked After Children

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

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
£14,300
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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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)

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After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

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£27,500
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
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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
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