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London Metropolitan University

Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: X1X1

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

You will be required to have an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Early childhood studies

**Why study this course?**

Our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) will open doors for you to enter a career in early childhood care, educational or advisory settings. It has a built-in foundation year that will prepare you for undergraduate study and is the ideal choice if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year course.

On our course you’ll benefit from extra time to work on your study and transferable skills, but you’ll also graduate with the same award and title as students on the three-year degree.

This course received a 91% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2020.

**More about this course**

On our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) bachelor’s degree you’ll study the play, development and learning of children from birth to six years old. This will be taught in relation to practice in early childhood settings and within a socio-cultural context.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other degrees with a foundation year, which will give you an opportunity to discuss the subjects you study with students that have different academic perspectives. It will also allow you to meet students outside of your course and expand your network, which you might find useful when job hunting after graduation.

The foundation year is designed to equip you with skills that are necessary for undergraduate study, such as essay writing, time management, research and critical thinking. During the foundation year you’ll also take a taster module in early childhood studies, which will allow you to prepare for more rigorous study of the subject in the subsequent three years of your degree.

You’ll receive exceptional academic and pastoral support from your tutors and a range of services at the University. This will be in the form of one-to-one sessions with your tutor or via small group workshops, during which you’ll be able to work further on your academic and transferable skills. The University also offers a careers service, which can help you to find work experience opportunities, improve your interview technique and learn best practice for writing job applications.

In the three years following your foundation year you’ll study the same content and modules as students on our Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons). You’ll also have the option to graduate with Graduate Practitioner status, which will require you to complete an additional work placement in your final year.

If you find that you’d like to specialise in a different discipline in our School of Social Professions, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.

Modules

Example Year 0 modules include:

Critical Thinking
Interventions for Change
Media, Crime and 'Race'
Reflecting on Self and Society
Researching Discrimination
Researching Inequality
Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay

Example Year 1 modules include:

Perspectives on Children's Development
Safeguarding Young Children's Health and Well-being
Understanding Play
Academic Skills and Professional Placement
Adults and Children as Learners: An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies

Example Year 2 modules include:

Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years
Challenging Inequalities
Children's Rights in Today's World
Communicating in Multilingual Contexts
Enquiry-based Learning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters
Promoting Early Learning Through the EYFS and Keys Stage 1
Reflective Practice and Professional Development
Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement: Part 2

Example Year 3 modules include:

Early Childhood Studies Project
Leading Practice with Children, Families and Professionals
Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood
The Project (Early Childhood Studies)
Debating Children and Childhood
Professional Practice in Key Stage 1

Assessment methods

Methods of assessment in your foundation year are varied and designed to help you flourish and gain confidence in your studies.

Assessments after the foundation year will be based on coursework with no formal examinations.

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
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

Health, Social Care and Early Childhood

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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Childhood and youth studies

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£20,800
med
Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
76%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

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