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BA in Early Childhood Studies (Full Time)

University of Roehampton

Bachelor Degree , Early Childhood Studies

Course Description

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. With a team of highly-regarded tutors, who are all experts in their specialisms, you will learn from some of the best in the field.

This degree will empower you with the knowledge and skills, confidence and resilience to act as an advocate for babies, young children, their families and communities. 

You will develop an understanding of policy and practice, and learn to engage in critical inquiry and problem solving around key issues in early childhood.

Looking at the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and cultural experiences of young children, you will learn about promoting understanding and respect for young children and their families.

The course takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, grounded in the following principles:

  • A holistic focus on babies, young children, their families and the communities they are part of, making links with past, present and future
  • The centrality of play and (outdoor) environments for wellbeing and learning
  • Continued development of understanding of professionalism and professional reflection and action, linking theory, research and practice
  • A commitment to recognising and responding to the individual experiences and understandings of children
  • Inclusion and connectedness, and a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood

In years two and three, you can choose to follow one of the five pathways, or pick modules from each, giving you a diverse knowledge of:

  • Working with under 3s
  • Working with 3-8 year olds
  • Working with children and families
  • Working for children and families
  • Research

You will leave with a broad understanding of early childhood studies, and be well equipped to follow a career in many areas relating to children.

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. With a team of highly-regarded tutors, who are all experts in their specialisms, you will learn from some of the best in the field. This degree will empower you with the knowledge and skills, confidence and resilience to act as an advocate for babies, young children, their families...

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Course Content

Year one

  • Consider the impact of cultural influences on the lives of babies, toddlers and young children and their development.
  • Research topical issues and concerns in early childhood and consider the concepts of equity and inclusion.
  • Explore the importance of observation in the study of young children and learn fundamental skills needed to carry out early years research.

Year two

  • Analyse the significance of play, imagination and creativity in children's development, and examine the impact of the early childhood pioneers on current perspectives and practice.
  • Undertake a work placement in an early years setting.
  • Consider a variety of curriculum models, children's wellbeing and their understanding of themselves and others.
  • Deepen your understanding of research methods in early childhood settings and start a research proposal for your year three project.

Year three

  • Carry out a substantial research project in an area of your choice and develop expertise in this subject.
  • Spend time learning how to interact with young children so you can engage with their perspectives and consider the influences that society has on them.
  • A strong and effective relationship with the parents of the children you care for is paramount to the welfare of the child. You will learn to maintain a balance of power between the parents and yourself as a professional, as well as address issues such as cultural diversity and support systems.

Year one Consider the impact of cultural influences on the lives of babies, toddlers and young children and their development. Research topical issues and concerns in early childhood and consider the concepts of equity and inclusion. Explore the importance of observation in the study of young children and learn fundamental skills needed...

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Entry Requirements

The University uses the UCAS Tariff to compare applicants with different qualifications. This also allows us to consider applicants who themselves have taken a range of different qualifications. Many programmes have specific entry requirements, so it is advisable to check on our website before you apply.

All offers are subject to the University's general entrance requirements. For undergraduate courses, these are as follows:

  • passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Level;
  • a pass in one subject at GCE Advanced Level plus (a) passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level, or (b) a Vocational A-Level Single Award, or (c) two Vocational A-Level part Awards;
  • a Vocational A-Level Double Award; or
  • a Vocational A-Level Single Award plus (a) two Vocational A-Level part Awards, or (b) passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level; or
  • a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma; or
  • a Scottish Certificate of Education with (a) passes in five subjects, including at least three at Higher grade, or (b) passes in four subjects all at Higher grade or New Higher grade; or
  • the full Diploma of the International Baccalaureate; or
  • an Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in four subjects at Grade C at the Higher level.

For some courses we require applicants to achieve a GCSE Grade C or above in specific subjects, or an equivalent qualification. The information below lists the equivalent qualifications we can accept.

If you require any further advice on our entry requirements, please contact the Enquiries Office at [email protected], or by calling 020 8392 3232.

If you are applying from overseas and require specific advice about your qualifications, you can visit the country pages or contact our international team on [email protected] or by calling 0208 392 3192.

Acceptable English Qualifications (UK students)

  • GCSE at Grade C or above
  • Equivalent Access course modules at Level 2 or above
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)
  • Key Skills Level 2 English with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)

The University of Roehampton also recognises the test offered by the organisation Equivalency Testing, which sets and operates GCSE Equivalency Testing in English, Mathematics and Science. Please contact them on +44 (0)1277 203336 for further information or visit their website, www.equivalencytesting.com

Submission of Your Results:

You should send a copy of your results to: [email protected]

BA Primary Education and PGCE students must submit their original certificates.

If you are applying as an EU or International student you will find a list of acceptable English qualifications on our international webpages.

Acceptable Mathematics Qualifications

  • GCSE at Grade C or above
  • Equivalent Access course modules at Level 2 or above
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Maths with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)
  • Key Skills Level 2 Adult Numeracy or Application of Number (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)

The University uses the UCAS Tariff to compare applicants with different qualifications. This also allows us to consider applicants who themselves have taken a range of different qualifications. Many programmes have specific entry requirements, so it is advisable to check on our website before you apply. All offers are subject to the University's general...

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