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Early Childhood (Professional Practice) BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Excellent Practice Based Learning opportunities developed in collaboration with local providers of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Inter-professional expertise of the Centre for Early Childhood team
  • Growing international reputation for research and publication
  • Transferable skills to access a diverse range of employment opportunities
  • Opportunities to access a pathway to Early Years Teacher Status
  • International exchange opportunities

What our students say...

"The University’s reputation has lived up to my expectations. My course offers an excellent balance of theory and practical experience, offering the opportunity to work alongside Early Years professionals in the context of my academic work.”

Student, Early Childhood (Practitioner Options) BA (Hons)

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This course will provide you with experience in a range of Early Years settings as well as developing an understanding of how theories can be put into practice.

Are you interested in how young children think, learn and develop? The study of Early Childhood is concerned with the development and care of children from birth to eight years, within the context of society, family and culture.

Core modules will provide you with the framework for developing your skills and knowledge. You will then be able to select from an extensive range of optional modules in areas of specific interest to you or to follow a potential career path.

We welcome applications from students without the formal entry qualifications but who have experience of working with children and families - please see our Mature Students page for details.

It is possible to study for Early Years Teacher Status alongside the degree. For more details please contact the admissions office.

Frequently asked questions about the Early Childhood (Professional Practice) course [PDF]


Entry requirements

260-280 UCAS tariff points and minimum of 4 GCSEs at C or above including Maths and English Language
An Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure is required for this course

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2015 is £9,000 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Meet the team

Get to know our expert staff and meet some of the team who you'll be learning with at the University of Worcester:

Study options

Single Honours
Chance to study overseas
Opportunities for fieldwork and invaluable practical experience in early childhood settings

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content


In addition to the modules detailed below, there is also an opportunity to access the Undergraduate Entry Pathway for Early Years Teacher status (18 months from level 5 of this degree).

This pathway is specifically designed for Undergraduates completing a degree in Early Childhood Studies. The pathway is interwoven with the degree programme in the second year of studies and includes 18 weeks placement experience. This pathway attracts a bursary but can also be self-funded. 

Year 1

Core modules:

Theory into Practice
Tuning into Children
Transmission to Transformation- Academic Study Skills within Higher Education


Module options:

Health & Well Being
Parents and Professional – Positive Relationships
Planning for Enabling Environments
Play and Playfulness: The Child’s Right to Play

Year 2

Core modules:

Theory into Practice
The Developing Child in the Family, Community and Culture
Continued Academic and Professional Development


Module options:

Children’s Expression and Communication
Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusive Practice
The Impact of Adverse Life Experiences
Expressive and Creative Arts in the Early Years; Engaging Children

Year 3

Core modules:

Theory into Practice
Deconstructing & Reconstructing Childhood; Whose Childhood is it?
Professional Practice & Advanced Research


Module options:

Developmental Play
A Curriculum for Thinking Children
Children Becoming Literate
Comparative Childhoods and Curricula
Contemporary Issues in Child Health Care Provision
Integrated Working with Children and Families
Advanced Practice in Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Teaching approach

The values and principles of the CEC lecturers advocate a student as partners approach to learning and teaching. Our teaching approach includes the following:

  • Lectures; seminars; demonstrations; work simulations; tutorials, group and individual project work; supervised independent learning; open and resource-based learning; e-learning; production practice and work experience and placements.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions, the latter especially for workshop activities related to the acquisition of production skills.
  • Sessions are a mix of tutor-led, student-led and independent learning.
  • Learning opportunities enable active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection.
  • Student led conference


A variety of methods are used within this course to assess learning. These include displays, reports, presentations, portfolios including e-portfolios and essays.



The care and developing of young children is rapidly expanding area, offering graduates a wide range of career opportunities. Early Childhood (Professional Practice) BA (Hons) will equip you with the skills needed to find employment within the health, social care and education professions. You will also have a suitable foundation for a range of careers in social work, children's charities, nurseries, day-care centres, schools and the health service.

For example:
Supervisory roles within Early Childhood settings
Social care
Children’s charities e.g. Barnados
Day Care Nurseries, pre-schools and play- work
Family and Children’s Centres
Early education: Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)
Health and welfare services
Local Authority Children’s Services
Children’s Workforce Development Council
Post-graduate qualifications in Social Work, play therapy, teaching and research degrees.

An interesting example of the transferability and relevance of skills learnt and of experience gained during the course is that of a graduate of our Early Childhood programme around 6 years ago has since undertaken a significant leadership role in a regional Sector Council focusing on equality, then a similar role national role and has now become the Principal of an FE college, demonstrating the breadth of opportunities available.

This course is also an ideal platform from which to access the Early Years Teacher programme and an ideal base for postgraduate study.


Earn as you learn

All of our students undertake a minimum of 20 days practice in a variety of registered early years settings each year. Invariably, students who demonstrate the qualities and skills required of the profession are then offered part time employment, especially during the holidays.

In addition, our students have the opportunity to access a combined Early Childhood Studies/Early Years Professional Status pathway. This enables networking opportunities between employers, supervisors and students which further enhances a student’s CV and employability prospects.

We encourage students to enrol on extra-curricular, workforce relevant training leading to certificates in areas such as ‘signing’ and CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) training. These are skills that are very attractive to prospective employers and will offer students an advantage at application stage and interview.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Early Childhood (Professional Practice) BA (Single Honours) X310 BA/EL

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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Student views

Student views

Watch the following videos to hear our student's views of the programme and how it has helped them to develop into knowledgeable and confident early years professionals.

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