_Early_Childhood_Studies

BA single honours or in combination with another subject Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year 2020/21

Year of entry

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:

  • how children develop and learn

  • children's health and wellbeing
  • the influences of the media on children's lives
  • working with children and families
  • global perspectives on early childhood.

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, Early Childhood Studies student

Year 0

You will take five core modules plus one module related to your degree. 

Core modules

Applied English, maths and science skills for Education

The aim of the module is to enable you to become more confident and competent in English, maths and science, and understand how to use these effectively to support your academic study. You will be introduced to these subjects in education and some of the conventions and ethical issues surrounding the use of social media in education. 

Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education

This module will introduce you to ways of researching and communicating ideas in higher education. You will be introduced to conventions of academic writing and ways of analysing information as well as presenting and evidencing your work within the context of your degree. 

Introduction to Education

You will discuss issues related to the study of education within a current and a historical contex. You'll develop your spoken and interpersonal skills in the context of managed and focused discussion and debate, underpinned by evidence. 

Introduction to Human Development through the Lifespan

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the physical and psychological factors that can influence human development from conception to old age. It will focus on key underpinning theoretical explanations of human development and look at how these align with current understanding of individual differences. 

Personal and Career Development

You will be introduced to key concepts relating to career development. Through discussion and evaluation of various presented personal narratives, you will identify the opportunities and barriers facing individuals regarding their personal development and their career choices within societal parameters. You will consider, depict and present potential positives and issues relation to your own future.

During or at the end of your Foundation Year (Year 0) you will be able to change to a different degree, subject to entry requirements. If you successfully complete and choose to leave after year 0, you will receive a Transcript of Achievement. 

 

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

Single honours students will choose two 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 - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250  / £13,000 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 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

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

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

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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
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000  (0)1227 928000

EU/International

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Fact file

UCAS course code

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

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

    Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

    Additional Requirement

    A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the university before undertaking the activity.

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