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University of Portsmouth

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: LX53

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

Entry requirements


104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-48.

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,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

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

DD-D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

104-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Early childhood studies

**Overview**

From climate change and economic austerity to the development of artificial intelligence (AI), the 21st century brings many challenges and factors that are shaping childhood experiences.

The next generation needs people with an understanding and vision for what the future of education will look like in this rapidly changing world. If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people, and influence the conversation and strategies around early years development, then this BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree is for you.

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

- Learn the skills you need for a career in the early years sector and related careers in areas such as developmental psychology, education, healthcare and the social sciences

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

- Study the sociological, psychological, political and philosophical issues affecting childhood today

- Reflect on current issues, exploring national and international perspectives to investigate child development and different forms of education throughout the world

- Be taught by experts with experience across multiple disciplines and hear from guest speakers with unique insight and expertise in the field of childhood and education

- Tailor your study to suit your interests and ambition with a range of work placement opportunities and experiences

- Choose how you conduct your own research by undertaking a dissertation or project-based module in your final year

- Apply your knowledge of theoretical principles by taking part in experiential activities in our simulation suite and the settings you'll work in during your career

You can follow an optional psychology pathway through this degree by choosing specific modules in psychology. This will lead to a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology award when you graduate.

You can achieve the professional status of 'Graduate Practitioner' for Early Years Practice by undertaking assessed practice in the early years sector in each year of study. This leads to the award BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner). This professional accreditation is recognised by the Department for Education and highly regarded by early years employers.

In your final year, you can tailor your studies to include the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) route, which leads to the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for professional roles in childcare, education, social care and health-related areas, as well as other professional fields. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Previous students have gone onto work in the following areas

- Early years teaching – with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

- Therapeutic play – with further training

- Family support services

- Early years provision and setting management

- Health and wellbeing promotion

- Primary teaching assistance

- Research related to your specialisms

- Special educational and disability needs

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

Optional modules 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

Placement year (optional)
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)

Optional modules 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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
74%
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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£27,500
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
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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