Course Comparison

Course BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies BEd (Hons) Primary (Early Childhood Studies)
Award Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) Bachelor of Education - BEd (Hons)
Duration 3 years 3 years
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (+ optional placement) (with placements)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider Plymouth Institute of Education Plymouth Institute of Education
Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of 2 A levels

BTEC: Distinction, Merit, Merit

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

International baccalaureate: 28 points to include 5 points in one subject at Higher Level

Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction

Third year entry possible with foundation degree or HND in a related subject.

Although it is preferable to achieve GCSE grade C / 4 or above in English language and Mathematics for this course, it is not mandatory and the admissions tutor will consider alternative grades. If you choose to go on to study a PGCE, EYITT or a Health related course you will require them. Please contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.

Individual offers for this course may vary. 

Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.
 
Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

English language requirements

Non-academic requirements

  • All candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.
  • All candidates will be expected to demonstrate an active interest in work with young children, evidenced through placement/practice experience.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. Plymouth University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Academic requirements

  • All applicants are required to have GCSE mathematics, English language and science at grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
  • A level Grade B in a relevant subject
  • 28 IB points to include 5 points in a relevant subject at Higher Level
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM in a subject closely related to the specialism.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction including 15 Level 3 credits in a relevant subject
  • CACHE level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education at grade B.
  • All applicants to BEd Primary programmes are expected to have a minimum of two weeks recent observation experience in mainstream, UK primary schools and early years settings.
  • English language requirements

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Non-academic requirements

  • All candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.
  • All candidates must be deemed fit to teach.
  • All candidates must be able to reflect on some significant experience (a minimum of ten days) in a relevant educational setting(s).

ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Skills Tests

All applicants need to pass the ITT (Initial Teacher Training) skills tests by 1 August prior to entry onto the course.
 
Full details about these tests can be found on the Department of Education website. You may find the sample tests on this site useful.
 

An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme

 All candidates apply to join a subject specialism pathway and are interviewed in depth by a representative from that subject team. Interview days are conducted by the programme lead representative and include a practising teacher who represents the wider partnership and offers an employer perspective on suitability for the profession. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's interview pages.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.