BA single honours or in combination with another subject Early Childhood Studies 2016/17

The Early Childhood Studies (ECS) degree programme, which focuses on young children aged 0-8 years and their families, provides a sound academic knowledge base for all careers in early years.

This is a multi-disciplinary programme that prepares students for careers in education, health, social services, the private sector and/or the voluntary sector. In a rapidly changing field when early years stands firmly at the forefront of Government agenda, Early Childhood Studies degrees are considered as one of the progression routes to the Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or careers in a range of early years professions. This is linked to the Government’s restructuring of early years policy and practice and the early years workforce, and the continued commitment to improving outcomes for all children. An EYTS pathway may be offered in addition to this degree, subject to continued funding of this pathway, and students may opt in during their studies.

This highly successful programme offers full-time and part-time routes and includes the joint and combined honours degree that is based at Canterbury and the single honours programme that is based currently at Broadstairs, Medway and Canterbury. The programme will also be offered as part-time blended learning. This pathway may include some residential intensive sessions at the University.

Students explore the range of diverse contexts in which young children develop and learn in their crucial early years, considered from psychological, educational, health, historical, sociological, cultural and philosophical viewpoints.

Each year of study builds on prior knowledge. Policy and practice are explored and analysed as an integral part of the programme. There is a combination of compulsory and optional modules for students on the joint and combined programme as well as single honours students. Examples of modules included in the programme are: Children’s Development and Learning, Development and Learning, Being Belonging and Becoming, Early Years Practice (year 2 and 3), Diversity and Inclusion, and Leadership and Management in Early Years.

This programme provides students with the opportunity to explore children, their diverse childhood experiences through engagement with policy and the exploration of contemporary and innovative practices in early year education and care. Students are actively encouraged to engage in ethical and principled research and inquiry with children, their families and local communities.

Students on the Early Childhood Studies degree will have the opportunity to opt into Practitioner Option modules (subject to revalidation of programme) in order to gain invaluable assessed work experience with young children in a range of early years settings.

Graduates have moved into successful careers, not only in the traditional fields of teaching, health and social work, but also in the many new roles created within the currently changing face of early years work. Some students combine two subject choices and look to careers in drama, art or music therapy, for example.

For a number of posts, further, specialised training will be necessary. Each year a number of graduates continue to higher degrees and research in the early years field, either at Canterbury Christ Church or elsewhere.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

As an Early Childhood Studies student you will be encouraged to take a more critical view of the theories, research and approaches used in the Early Childhood Studies discipline.

As a Single Honours or a Combined Honours student you will have a variety of learning and teaching experiences, including: attending lectures, seminars, workshops, have personalised tutorials, or work independently, alone or as a member of your learning group. You will have access to readings, lecture materials and other support via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to develop a range of graduate skills through the process of responding to feedback from tutors, peers and in other placement contexts.

As a Blended Learning (ECS Online) student you will access all of your learning materials via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and you may have the opportunity to attend residential events which may include lectures, seminars, workshops, have personalised tutorials, work independently, alone or as a member of your learning group. For each module you will access a Study Guide which will lead you through the content. This will give you a suggested pattern of study for the module; signpost you to readings, audio visual material on the Virtual Learning Environment, PowerPoint presentations, and highlight activities for you to engage with in order to understand the content.

You will have access to a range of learning technology tools to support your learning and interaction with tutors and other students. Access to the University library will be through the e-library, here you will be able to access e-journals and e-books and other useful resources to support your studies.

Each module will have a module leader who will be your main contact for you. There will also be a Blended Learning Co-ordinator who will have responsibility for this pathway and will support students and liaise with the Programme Director. As a CCCU student you will have access to the full range of services offered by the University, including i-zone and Student Support Services, which supports students academically and personally.

You will be a member of an online learning community and the wider Early Childhood Studies community of students studying at three campuses in Kent, UK.

The Blended learning route provides a flexible alternative to completing the course. You can study the course at a distance completing readings, activities and assignments via the University’s virtual learning environment. If you undertake this option you will still have access to tutor support as well as the University’s support services and are welcome to attend university events.

The entire course can be completed at a distance or you may opt for this as a flexible option for part of yourr time at University.

Some modules are also offered as a blended option, this will allow you to study modules offered at another campus, should it prove inconvenient for you to travel.

Please note that some modules are not currently offered as distance learning as they involve practical activities.

The blended learning course is designed to be completed in the same time scale as traditional degrees, the standard of course materials and student assessment being exactly the same. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the same degree as ‘face to face’ students and will given the opportunity to graduate with them, as such the entry requirements are the same.

A growing number of students have opted for this flexible option and we would be happy to discuss it further with you. 

You will encounter a range of assessment methods which may include, but are not limited to: examinations, multiple choice tests, essays, practical reports, case studies, portfolios, oral and visual presentations and dissertations. You will be assessed against assessment criteria which will be made clear to you at the start of your module of study. The assessment across the three levels of the programme aims to give you opportunities to demonstrate a variety of knowledge and understanding, skills and qualities expected of a graduate of an Early Childhood Studies degree. The assessment for each module will normally be in one part which will carry 100% of the module mark.  

When looking at applications we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate recent experience with young children.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • X310 Early Childhood Studies
  • X390 Early Childhood Studies (Online)


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements



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