BA single honours or in combination with another subject Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year 2019/20

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The content of this course is currently being reviewed and is subject to change. Applicants will be informed of any changes that impact on the structure of the course.

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to 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 have a passion for working with children, then Early Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University is perfect for you. If you want to succeed and be in a place where you will be happy then come to Christ Church.”
Sarah Savage, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, 2019

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.

Early Childhood Studies explores 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. You may be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) to undertake practice-based modules and this will incur a cost to students.

“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, 2019

This course can also be studied over four years with an initial foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. It is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to this degree.

Single honours students will study all modules. Modules applicable to combined honours students are marked with an asterisk.

Year 0

You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.

Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.

However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Education
  • Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
  • Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan

Optional module 

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 students.

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

You 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.

You may be offered other optional modules in addition to the optional modules above from other areas. The modules available will be subject to minimum group sizes on each campus and timetabling restrictions. Modules may be offered to respond to student feedback and developments in the Early Childhood field.

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 

You will choose two or more optional modules, likely optional modules include:

  • 21st Century Childhood (20 credits)*
  • Early Years Practice 2 (20 credits)*
  • Gender Issues and the Early Years (20 credits)*
  • Multi-cultural Persectives of Childhood (20 credits)*
  • Children and the Media (20 credits)*
  • Working with Children, Families, and Communities (20 credits)*

You may be offered other optional modules in addition to the optional modules above from other areas. The modules available will be subject to minimum group sizes on each campus and timetabling restrictions. Modules may be offered to respond to student feedback and developments in the Early Childhood field.

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.

Research in action: Social Action, Advocacy and Participation* (20 credits) or

Independent Study 1 (20 credits)* or

Independent Study 2 (40 credits)*

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.

Optional Modules

You will choose two or more optional modules, likely optional modules include:

  • Law, the Child and the Family (20 credits)*
  • Leadership and Management in the Early Years (20 credits)*
  • Contesting Early Childhood: Values into Action (20 credits)*
  • Early Years Practice 3 (20 credits)*
  • Social and Emotional Development in Early Years (20 credits)*
  • How Children learn: Enhancing Pedagogy and Practice in the Early Years (20 credits)*
  • Social justice and Inclusive Education (20 credits)*

You may be offered other optional modules in addition to the optional modules above from other areas. The modules available will be subject to minimum group sizes on each campus and timetabling restrictions. Modules may be offered to respond to student feedback and developments in the Early Childhood field.

Designed to respond to developments in the field of early childhood both nationally and internationally, the programme is for anyone with an interest in working with children in their early years, their families and within the community. 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.

"This course is wonderful as it opens up so many doors for you." 
Sarah Savage, BA Hons Early Childhood Studies, 2019


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course 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

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

General principle policy

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

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. 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.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
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.

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This 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, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, 2019

“I would recommend the early childhood studies programme to any student who has a passion for working with children.”
Rebecca Fincham, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, 2019

"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, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, 2019

“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, BA (Hons) graduate


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UCAS course code

  • X391 Early Childhood Studies with Education Foundation Year
  • X310 Early Childhood Studies
  • X390 Early Childhood Studies (online)

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • One AS Level pass or a pass in a Level 3 vocational study programme e.g. BTEC

    Candidates without formal qualifications will be considered following an interview and should demonstrate an interest in education.

    Candidates must be motivated to benefit from study at this level

    Entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check



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