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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.

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96% of Early Childhood Studies students felt their learning had been well supported by the library resources. (National Student Survey 2020)

88% of Early Childhood Studies students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – 2M8L
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Discover why York St John is The One

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

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

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 depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While 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.

Study Abroad

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

Accommodation and living costs

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

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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