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Undergraduate course

Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Do you picture a future working to improve the experiences and education of young children?

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On this degree you will gain specialist knowledge about the learning, development and life experiences of children under seven years of age. You’ll create a firm foundation for a variety of future career options whilst undertaking rigorous academic study that is informed by a variety of disciplines including sociology, psychology, policy and gender studies.

95% of Early Childhood Studies students thought that staff were good at explaining things (NSS 2019)

  • UCAS Code – 2M8L
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Education

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

The importance of developing a graduate workforce of professionals who are able to play an active part in helping young children achieve the best possible start in life is a major governmental priority across the globe. This course will equip you with an in-depth and critical understanding of key issues associated with the day-to-day lives of young children, especially as experiences in early childhood can affect them into young adulthood and beyond. We also place a primary focus on the social factors that impact upon young children today.

Alongside a distinct focus on theoretical knowledge, which is essential for professional entry into the early childhood sector, you will also engage in the practical, work-related learning activities that run through all levels of study. You will be encouraged to be self-reflective, unpicking your own beliefs and preconceptions regarding young children and recognising important features such as voice, rights, diversity, inclusion and social justice. With no examinations, you will be assessed through essays, written debates, collaborative projects, oral commentaries and presentations.

This degree will prepare you for a range of careers and opportunities in the public, community and voluntary sectors within the ever-expanding field of early childhood including project management, family support, play co-ordination, residential care, classroom assistance, learning mentoring and disability services. Completion of this course can also be the starting point for study on Postgraduate qualifications, such as in social work and teaching lower primary and early years.

Course structure

Level 1


Modules may include:

  • Child Development & Early Learning
  • The Psychology of Early Childhood
  • Children’s Play & Active Exploration
  • Social Policy & the Early Years

Level 2


Modules may include:

  • Early Childhood Provision & Practice
  • Child Protection
  • Inclusion & Special Needs
  • Family Diversity & Early Childhood

Level 3


Modules may include:

  • Global Perspectives on Early Childhood
  • Risk, Modernity & Young Children
  • Early Years Innovation
  • Gender & Identity Construction
  • Special Study
  • Storybook Childhoods

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Teaching & Assessment

The Early Childhood Studies programme uses a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies, which will focus on equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to be effective and successful students.


The Early Childhood Studies programme uses a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies, which will focus on equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to be effective and successful students.

Contact hours and self-study time

Early Childhood Studies is designed so that there is a progressive shift in the overall balance of time you spend in independent compared to tutor supported learning. Year 1 has increased contact time to ensure that you have a sound grounding in the subject area, which is then gradually reduced through Years 2 and 3 in order to develop autonomy and independence, whilst still providing a supportive environment.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offers special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.


Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.


View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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