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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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If you interested in how children think, learn and develop and you want to work with children in the Early Years, studying for a degree in Early Childhood will help you to learn about the influence of society, family and culture on children’s development.

The professional practice (or Practice-Based Learning) part of the degree means that you will have the chance to work in a range of early years settings, such as Children’s Centres and schools.

At the same time as studying for your degree, you can have the chance to enrol for Early Years Initial Training and study for the Early Years Teacher Status award (subject to meeting the National College Teaching and Leadership entry requirements for EYITT – please follow the link for Early Years Teacher at the bottom of the page).

Core modules will provide you with the framework for developing your skills and knowledge. You will then be able to select from a range of optional modules.

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.

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


Entry requirements

260-280 UCAS tariff points and minimum of 4 GCSEs at C or above including Maths and English Language.
You will need to have an enhanced application made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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

The team in the Centre for Early Childhood come from a range of professional backgrounds, such as primary teaching, early years practice, nursing and social care. They are all academics who are leaders in their field. We have a growing international reputation and this is reflected in the many publications produced by the team. Here are some of the staff within the Centre for Early Childhood with particular responsibility for Early Childhood (Professional Practice):

For other members of the team, please look at the Meet the Experts webpage. A member of staff within the Centre for Early Childhood will be your Academic Tutor and will support you in your learning.


Study options

Single Honours
Practice-based learning in a range of different early years settings (between 35-50 days each year)

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; problem-based learning approaches; tutorials, group and individual project work; supervised independent learning; e-learning; practice-based learning
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions
  • Sessions are a mix of tutor-led, student-led and independent learning.
  • Learning opportunities enable active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection.


A variety of methods are used within this course to assess learning. These include posters, reports, essays, presentations and you will develop a Practice-based learning Evidence File.



The care and developing of young children is a 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
Postgraduate qualifications in Social Work, play therapy, teaching and research degrees.

Earn as you learn

All of our students have between 35 – 50 days of Practice-Based Learning in a variety of registered early years settings. Students who demonstrate the qualities and skills required of the profession are frequently offered part time employment, especially during the holidays.

We encourage students to enrol on extra-curricular, workforce relevant training leading to certificates in areas such as ‘signing’ and First Aid. These courses are an extra cost to students). 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

"The BA Hons Early Childhood studies is a very engaging course, we are provided with opportunities to debate concepts and ideas risen during in lecture which usually lead to insight debates between myself and my cohort. We are required to complete a certain hours within placement and I feel if you go to placement with an open-mind and a willingness to learn and development, placement can be fun and so beneficial especially when it comes to discussion and assignment."

"I chose Worcester because it is close enough to my home that I am able to go home when necessary but mainly because Worcester is beautiful, with the river and the cathedral the city is very inviting and welcoming and the university seems to be a centre aspect of the city, such as the hive. You begin to feel like a member of this small community which is very nice especially as I come from Birmingham."

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