Plymouth Institute of Education

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

If you’re committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people, the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree is the perfect foundation for your career. It is designed specifically for those who wish to pursue a career in early years care and education, or who are already working in that sector. So if you know that working with young people is your passion, this is the course for you.

Key features

  • Benefit from modules in adult concepts; current issues; independent study; work-based learning, and your dissertation.
  • Experience 50 hours of field study during the top-up year in a placement of your choice.
  • Deepen your knowledge with a research project of your choice.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • EEC601S Research in Early Childhood Studies

      This module is an introduction to research in Early Childhood Studies. Students will critically examine a variety of approaches and methods of data collection and consider the ethical issues involved in carrying out investigations in naturalistic settings. It provides students with the opportunity to design an investigation in their chosen aspect of ECS, carry out a sustained and rigorous piece of work, and analyse and discuss their findings through both a written study in appropriate ways using ICT and an oral presentation.

    • EEC603S Adults' Concepts of Childhood: their impact on the past and present treatment of children

      This module will explore how childhood and adulthood are related concepts with deep historical roots. It will explain contemporary changes in young children's lives by tracing the historical forces that have shaped different concepts of childhood, defining the ways in which adults think, act and behave with young children.

    • EEC625S Current Issues in Early Childhood Studies

      This module will enable participants to focus on current debates related to early childhood studies. By its nature the content of the module will change each year, as issues change, new understandings emerge and different perspectives apply. The module will debate current issues critically, analytically and theoretically, whilst considering implications for practice.

    Optional modules
    • EEC611S Independent Study Module

      This module allows students to conduct an in depth study of an area of interest in the field of Early Childhood Studies that is not fully covered by the taught modules they are currently studying. It develops their independent thinking by critically exploring an area of personal importance in Early Childhood Studies.

    • EEC616S Work Based Learning in the early years

      This module is intended to provide students with the opportunity to maximise learning opportunities which accrue from part-time, term-time (PT/TT) and vacation experience, which could include paid or unpaid work, based on the recognition that learning takes place in a wide variety of situations and settings. The module has a particular emphasis on reflective practice.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies programme specification 4092

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

"I’m in my final year at Somerset College, and I’ve loved every minute of my course. The fact that it’s a local place to study for a degree has been great for me, and the flexibility of the course has enabled me to carry on working. That’s meant I can save for a deposit on a house at the same time as going to uni, which wouldn’t have been possible had I moved away from home.

When I graduate, I intend to do a PGCE and go on to work as a teacher. The College has been instrumental in giving me the self-belief to pursue this ambition, and the teaching staff have fully grasped my needs as a slightly older learner. I feel respected and valued here, and have found the integration of theoretical learning and professional practice to be a real godsend in enhancing my skills and making me more employable."

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