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Early Childhood (Professional Practice) BA (Hons)

What makes Early Childhood (Professional Practice) at Worcester special?

The early years of a child’s life are characterised by the wonder of discovery. This is when a child’s brain develops the majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning. Our emphasis on professional practice means you will enjoy excellent opportunities to build your expertise through a range of placements in schools and children’s centres.

Key features

  • Opportunities to access a pathway to Early Years Teacher status
  • Approved by the National College for Teaching & Leadership
  • Access to the expertise of the Centre for Early Childhood at the University of Worcester
  • 100% of our students are in employment or further education 6 months after graduating (2014-15)
  • Opportunities to study abroad

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

260-280 UCAS tariff points and minimum of 4 GCSEs at C or above including Maths and English Language.

Other information

You will need to have an enhanced application made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

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

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

Year 2

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

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

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

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

In addition to the modules detailed above, 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. 

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

My course offers an excellent balance of theory and practical experience, offering the opportunity to work alongside Early Years professionals.

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

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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.

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.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr Karen Hanson

    Karen completed her doctoral research into supporting students to develop a reflective disposition. This action research study enabled Karen to understand the significance of previous experiences and environmental influences upon undergraduate students. 

    Karen is particularly interested in the transition periods within different phases of education and understands how important it is to use a variety of perspectives through which to plan appropriate learning environments.


Where could it take you?


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.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2015 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2015 is £11,120 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for part-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2015 is £1,125 per 15-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard fee for part-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2015 is £1,300 per 15-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

  • Case study

    Student view

    "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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    Student view

    "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."


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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


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