_Early_Childhood_Studies

BA single honours  Early Childhood Studies 2020/21

Year of entry

At Canterbury Christ Church University, we invite you to enter the diverse worlds of children’s lives and the childhoods they experience. This captivating area of study considers the influences that shape children’s development and learning, their personalities, and how the experiences children have shape who they become.

You will explore areas including:

  • working with children and families

  • multi-cultural perspectives on childhood and children’s lives

  • research with and about children

  • leadership and management in early childhood

  • how children learn, enhancing pedagogy and practice in the early years.

If you think you can make a difference to the lives of young children and their families, then Early Childhood Studies may be the right choice for you.

You will discover how children develop, learn and think, and explore the complexities of child development and growth, and children’s earliest experiences from the moment of conception to the end of their early childhood. You will explore multiple perspectives on early childhood from the fields of psychology, sociology, education, health, law and science. This exploration of different perceptions of children and childhood opens up an exciting range of career opportunities.

We continue to pioneer an innovative, creative and exciting approach to the study of children and their childhoods which gives you an enormous scope to tailor your studies to your own interests through optional modules, research and work-related practice. Combined with valuable experience through placements, you’ll be equipped for careers where you can make a real difference to children’s lives.

The Early Childhood Studies degree is designed to provide an academic area of study supporting you to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to enter the children and families workforce. The focus of the degree is on children’s journeys through childhood within the unique contexts of their lives. This will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding, and to consider the implications for practice for a range of professions working with young children and their families.

You may participate in a wider variety of field trips and other opportunities to support your learning and gain a wider experience of children, childhood, families, communities and cultures. These trips are voluntary and information on additional costs are provided. These opportunities may include day field trips to local facilities such as museums, art galleries, local children’s services and wider opportunities such as Erasmus study and longer field trips to destinations such as Southern India, Germany or Norway.

Work experience is a vital element of your studies as it gives you a chance to put into practice what you have learnt during the course, and gain new skills as well. It will also add real value to your CV, giving you a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

In Years Two and Three, you can choose optional practice-based modules. These modules support you to gain valuable experience in a range of employment contexts related to children and their families. 

“If you want to work in any capacity with young children then I would strongly recommend this degree. This course will teach you more than you’ll expect and if you already work with children, there is still so much learn. Early childhood studies will offer new and interesting perspectives and ways of thinking. It will inspire you to make a positive change in order to improve the lives of our youngest children.”
Lizzy Backhouse, BA (Hons)  Early Childhood Studies student

The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.

Year 1

*Modules available to combined honours students.

Core modules

The Foundations of Early Childhood* (20 credits)

The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction into early childhood studies.  It aims to allow you to develop a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the complexity of early years policy, practice and provision.

Orientation to Higher Education and Research* (20 credits)

This module aims to provide an orientation into higher education and to introduce you to research within the context of early childhood and the wider context of education

Being, Belonging and Becoming* (20 credits)

This module aims to explore the notion of being, belonging and becoming, not only in relation to children’s lives but also to your experiences as an early childhood studies student.

Pedagogies and Practice in Early Childhood (20 credits)

You will be introduced to the concepts of pedagogy and practice as they relate to early childhood. You will explore the key influences that shape the way that adults work with children and the learning and care experiences and environments designed for them and their families.

Optional modules

Single honours students will choose two or more optional modules. Likely optional modules include:

Perspectives of Childhood (20 credits)

The aim of the module is for you to develop a basic but critical understanding of the social, cultural, historical, environmental, economic and political contexts that continue to influence childhood and children’s lives.

The Wonder Years; Birth to Two (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to allow you to understand the potential of babies and their development from conception until two.

Year 2 

*Modules available to combined honours students.

Core modules

The Developing Child: Cognition, Emotion and Identity in Context* (20 credits)

The module will focus on the growing, development and learning that occurs with an emphasis on the period from conception to eight years of age. The module will also enable you to recognise and discuss the changing nature of developmental theories and their application.

Exploring Research: Methods, Methodologies, and Implications for Practice* (20 credits)

The module will provide you with the knowledge to equip you to be able to design and conduct a small-scale research project with or about children, young people or adults.

Optional modules 

Single honours students will choose four optional modules. Combined honours students will choose up to two optional modules. Likely optional modules include:

21st Century Childhood (20 credits)*

This module will engage you in academic debate concerning how early childhood is constructed in 21st century England and globally, providing you with opportunities to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of children's lives in different cultures and contexts. 

Early Years Practice 2 (20 credits)* (work placement may require a DBS check) 

You will gain work experience with children of all ages and their families, allowing you to develop and underpin your knowledge of theory and related literature. You will primarily focus on the processes of planning and assessment for children and families in a diverse range of contexts within your placement. 

Gender Issues in the Early Years: Exploring fact and fiction (20 credits)*

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of gender differences in children's learning, development and achievement, and how a gender imbalance in early years workforce might impact on this. 

Multi-cultural Persectives of Childhood (20 credits)*

You will develop a critical understanding of the social, cultural, historical, environmental, economoic and political contexts that have shaped and continue to influence childhood and children's lives, particularly from birth to eight years of age and especially from the viewpoint of children who are marginalised. 

Representation in the Media (20 credits)*

The aims of the module are to understand the impact on children and adults in a range of media (inlcuding newspapers, literature, film, radio, TV, internet, video games and social media). It considers the portrayal of children and adults, different social groups and people who share a protected characteristic in the media, as well as the link between the role of media and the construction of identities. 

Working with Children, Families, and Communities (20 credits)*

The module aims to provide an introduction to 'community' and the influences they have on children and their families. Theories about how communities and neighbourhoods work will be introduced and considered in terms of social problems, the notion of societal breakdown and how social policy and community interventions are developed as a response to change. 

Voluntary Action and Education (20 credits)* (work-related experience may require a DBS check)

You will gain an understanding of the role of voluntary action i nthe lives of young children. The module explores two particular central themes - the practical role of voluntary action in children's education and how voluntary activity helps us construct our ideas of morality. 

Year 3

*Modules available to combined honours students.

Core module

Protection Power and Participation* (20 credits)

The module aims to provide opportunities to explore, analyse and critically evaluate the concepts of protection, power and participation in differing contexts and from differing perspectives including international and national legislation, policy and practice.

Independent Study (20 or 40 credits) or Research in Action: Social action, advocacy and participation (20 credits)

In year three you have the opportunity for an in-depth specialism. In both the 20 and 40 credit routes you will investigate an education issue of your choice. Taking the 40 credit Independent Study route provides you with the opportunity to write a full dissertation on a topic of your interest and passion. You will have a supervisory tutor to guide you through this. 

These modules aim to provide you with an opportunity to follow a sustained line of enquiry in an area of interest related to early childhood and to produce a high quality structured and relevant research project which may inform your future career development.

Alternatively, for those interested in the third sector, you can choose to design and implement a research project in partnership with charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. 

Optional modules

Single honours students will choose up to four optional moduesl. Combined honours students will choose up to three optional modules. Likely optional modules include:

Law, the Child and the Family (20 credits)*

The module is designed to provide an insight into the legal intervention into different types of famiul structures and the impact of government policy. You will answer questions such as; what is the purpose of legal intervention? Is it to maintain the family unit, whatever that might be, or is it to protect individual members of the family? How does the law regulate marriage and divorce? 

Leadership and Management in the Early Years (20 credits)*

This module aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of current policy, legislation and practice related to leadership and management in eary years services to include information about developing sustainable enterprise in the early years sector. 

Contesting Early Childhood: Values into Action (20 credits)*

The module aims to support your critical engagement with a values-infused philosophy and approach towards early childhood and the development of childhood services. The module will intorduce the concept of values literacy, and support reflective and critical engagement in identifying values that are both implicit in dominant discourses of early childhood services in England and, as a resilt, construction of children and their childhoods. 

Early Years Practice 3 (20 credits)* (work-related placement may require a DBS check) 

The aim of the module is to give you experience with children of all ages and their families, allowing you to develop and underpin your knowledge of theory and related literature. You will have the opportunity to negotiate your own placement focus for this module and begin to make links for yourself and your future employment. 

Social and Emotional Development in Early Years (20 credits)*

The module offers you a comprehensive account of significant aspects of socio-emotion development in early childhood. 

How Children learn: Enhancing Pedagogy and Practice in the Early Years (20 credits)*

The aim of this module is to enable you to gain knowledge of the different factors influencing young children's learning, drawing on theories and research. It will provide you with an appreciation of how these factors and processes interrelate in the holistic structure of learning.

Social justice and Inclusive Education (20 credits)*

This module aims to explore the complexity of the concepts of social justuce and inclusive early childhood eucation, and how everyone can contribute towards the development of a more inclusive world. 

The degree prepares you for employment in the early years sector, equips you with a range of transferable skills and is designed to enhance employability and future work opportunities in a range of areas. Our graduates enjoy successful careers across education, health, social care, research, policy and charity-based settings locally, and globally. You will also be well-equipped to pursue postgraduate study or undertake further professional training. 

"This course is wonderful as it opens up so many doors for you." 
Sarah Savage, Early Childhood Studies student

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips

All learning enhancement activities are non-credit bearing and entirely voluntary. Students (and prospective students at Open Days) are told the nature of these activities and the funding model underpinning them. e.g. The contributions of 6 x students covers 80% of cost for one (1) accompanying staff member. The students are made aware that staff make all logistic arrangements and are academically and pastorally available 24/7 during such activities.

The university provides full travel insurance for all students and staff undertaking such activities.

*All costs are approximate and subject to change. Field trips are reviewed annually and those offered are subject to change.

South India – Annually in July. Three (3) weeks duration. Cost per student £1100* which includes airfares, ground transport, accommodation and two (2) main meals per day. Students are advised to budget a further £200 as personal spending money.

Working in partnership with staff and students from Gandhigram Rural Institute.

DBS Checks You will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if you undertake an activity that requires one. 

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

The course will typically be composed of lectures, seminars, group work, guided learning activities and tutorials. You will also be expected to engage in 150 hours of self-directed study per taught module. We emphasise student-centred learning, which encourages you to raise questions, engage in discussion and debate and develop reflective and critical learning strategies.

The course is taught by a team of enthusiastic senior lecturers from a wide variety of professional backgrounds related to the children and families workforce. This extensive professional experience provides a rich and diverse learning experience and supports a practical and theoretical insight into the career choices open to you. 

The course aims to produce graduates who are able to think in a critical and analytical manner, reflecting upon issues that relate to children and their childhoods in the widest context. The course is designed to develop the transferable skills that will allow you to operate creatively in an increasingly complex world.

We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are being assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These may include presentations, essays, artefacts, rationales, posters, portfolios, online tasks, an individual study and an unseen examination within an optional module. These methods offer you an opportunity to develop skills for the workforce as well as succeeding within your studies. 

"This programme has given me an amazing base for my future career. At Canterbury Christ Church University I have made many new friends and have been given so many opportunities. The tutors cannot do enough for you and want you to do your best."
Kayley Burgess, Early Childhood Studies student

“I would recommend the early childhood studies programme to any student who has a passion for working with children.”
Rebecca Fincham, Early Childhood Studies student

"Throughout the course you will be taught by tutors who have real life experience in their area of expertise. Early Childhood Studies will give you more confidence and belief in yourself that you could have ever imagined."
Lizzy Backhouse, Early Childhood Studies student

“I loved every moment of this course. The lecturers were great and passionate, and believed in what they taught. A good range of theoretic and practical learning meant that learning never got stale or repetitive. I went on to do a primary PGCE and I’m now a teacher.”
Sara, Early Childhood Studies graduate

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies apply
Canterbury 6 years part-time September 2020
BA/BSc (Hons) Early Childhood Studies / Psychology apply
Canterbury 6 years part-time September 2020

International

Full-time study

Need some help?

UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000 (0)1227 928000

EU/International

Contact our International Team

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • X310 Early Childhood Studies
  • X391 Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

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