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University College Birmingham

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X300

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

Entry requirements

A level


UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma


You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2.



A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.



A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

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


This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff


Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2021


Childhood studies

**Course snapshot**

Early childhood is viewed as the most formative period of our lives, shaping the foundations for our whole future. On University College Birmingham's Early Childhood Studies degree course, you'll gain the essential academic knowledge and practical experience to help meet the needs of children and families and the demand for highly-qualified graduate practitioners in the sector. Enhanced by the inclusion of the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies, our course provides a range of placement and enrichment opportunities allowing you to engage with multiple perspectives within early childhood, paving the way to a wide range of rewarding careers working with children.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course provides an ideal foundation for students seeking a career working with children, including areas such as nursery management and special needs. If you wish to move into teaching, our course also provides an excellent basis to progress onto a PGCE course.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **WORK PLACEMENTS** – From day care and nurseries to primary school mentoring and special education, gain real world experience on a range of placements throughout your degree

- **ENRICHMENT** – Broaden your skill set with enrichment opportunities such as Lego therapy, Makaton training, baby massage, paediatric first aid and food hygiene

- **INDUSTRY APPROVED** – This course incorporates the Graduate Practitioner Competencies developed by the ECSDN (now included in the QAA Early Childhood Studies Subject Benchmark Statements with practice at Level 6 recognised by the DfE)

**Great. Tell me some more**

We offer placement opportunities in a wide range of settings including nurseries, playgroups, children's centres, schools and specialist community organisations. Where possible, placements will be offered to compliment your chosen career pathway.

This course will require you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment.

Students who fall short of the required 96 UCAS Tariff points (but have no less than 60 UCAS points) are still welcome to apply. You will be asked to attend a progression module prior to starting your course (commencing in June) which requires you to attend two days of lectures and the completion of four assessment tasks. On successful completion of the progression module, you will be offered a place on the degree course.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will gain an understanding of the key characteristics of childhood and how to meet the needs of young children, as well as how to help them develop and grow through creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation.

By undertaking work placements, you will learn how to apply theory to practice in a range of environments.

**What about the future?**

Depending upon experience, graduates will be equipped to work in child-related organisations in education, welfare, leisure, advocacy and counselling in a variety of roles, including:

- Family link officer (for the prison service)

- Family support worker

- Out of school club manager

- Nursery manager/owner

- Nursery supervisor/room leader

- Mentoring/TA roles in schools

- Pastoral/attendance officer in schools

- Support worker roles for children’s charities

- Children’s travel representative

- Museum education officer

- Personal learning coach in colleges

- Early years lecturer

You could also progress onto postgraduate study, including a PGCE course at UCB.


**Year 1**

- Nurturing Children's Health and Wellbeing
- Introduction to the Early Years Framework
- The Child in Society
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Play
- Growth, Learning and Development
- Pioneers, Pedagogy and Philosophy

**Year 2**

- Child Protection and Safety in Practice
- Effective Leadership and Management Skills
- Child Development
- Developing Research
- SEND within the Early Years Sector

**Plus one option from:**

- Creativity and Play in the Early Years
- Children of the Future
- Transition of Childhood

**Year 3**

- Leading and Managing Systems
- Enhancing Employability for Graduate Practice
- Dissertation

**Plus one option from:**

- Socio-historical Aspects of Childhood
- Children's Voice
- Pedagogical Leadership in Play

Assessment methods


Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 13 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 4 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
- Field trips and visits
- Assessment for nine distinct competencies – to achieve Graduate Practitioner Competencies status

**Individual study**

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. Our online platform Canvas provides 24-hour access to learning and support material.


There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment. The modes of assessment are varied and include essays, reports, portfolio building, presentations, opportunities for research, the production of a creative resource and a training manual.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 100% (with the exception of an assessment in one module)

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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