Flexible Learning in Early Childhood Studies (FLECS)

FLECS is not available for 2019/20. For more information please contact the programme leaders.

If studying full time at the Plymouth campus is not an option for you, you may be interested in studying the final stage of your BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies on our Flexible Learning in Early Childhood Studies (FLECS) Programme.

FLECS is a blended learning programme, consisting of a two day compulsory induction in Plymouth in September and five FLECS seminar days across the year in Plymouth. The majority of the teaching and learning takes place online through our Digital Learning Environment (Moodle).

Course details

In this final stage of your degree you will be helped to make the transition from ‘knowledge consumer’ to ‘knowledge producer’. You will use your developing knowledge and experience to challenge, extend and critique other people’s ideas and your own. You will plan and carry out a research project to develop and disseminate understanding of what you have identified as an area of interest and you will continue to develop your capacity to act as a strong advocate for young children and families.

Core modules

  • FLECS601 Research in Early Childhood Studies (all year module)
  • FLECS603 Adults' Concepts of Childhood: their impact on the past and present treatment of children
  • FLECS625 Current Issues in Early Childhood Studies

Optional modules

  • EEC611 Independent Study Module
  • EEC626 Work Based Learning in the Early Years
  • FLECS628 Children and Risk

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 programme specification can be found on our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies page.  It represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change

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 are the same as our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.  Please visit the course page for details. 

Blended learning

As a FLECS student you can expect:

  • A full and fun induction to get to know the University of Plymouth, the FLECS Programme content, your tutors and your fellow students.
  • To be provided with high-quality online learning materials written by experts in the field.
  • High-quality online tasks and activities to challenge and engage you in your learning.
  • Five full and challenging seminar days to support your learning over the year.
  • On-going personal tutor and module tutor support via face to face, email, telephone and/or Skype tutorials as needed.
  • A range of formative tasks to assess your progress on the programme.
  • Full and constructive feedback on your assessed work within one month of submission.
  • Access to an extensive library with excellent online resources tailored to distance learners.
  • Access to the full range of University support services, from student funding, careers advice to counselling.
  • Tutors to provide references for future study or employment.
  • To have a learning experience of equal quality to that of a campus student, and to achieve a BA (hons) Early Childhood Studies which will equip you to go on to a whole range of study and employment opportunities working with and for young children.

What we expect from you:

  • To attend the FLECS induction and five seminar days over the year.
  • That you are willing and able to put aside adequate time to study each week.
  • That you will engage proactively with the teaching and learning resources and activities and any assessed work that you are set.
  • That you will be self-motivated and disciplined to study largely independently and in your own time, using the high-quality teaching and learning resources and activities that we will make available to you.
  • That you will be proactive in seeking out tutor support and able to take on board and work with the constructive feedback you receive.
  • That you will communicate regularly with your tutors and make full use of the support that is on offer.

How to apply

FLECS is available to students who have studied a relevant Foundation Degrees at a FE college. It is also possible for students who have studied the BA Early Childhood Studies degree, or another relevant degree, on campus and wish to make the change to the blended route for their final year. 

Alternatively, you can complete your final year of your BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies on campus. To enable students with travel and work commitments lectures for campus final stage students have been timetabled on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information about the campus route please contact ECS programme leaders Karen Wickett or Marie Lavelle.

To apply for 2020, please get in touch!

If you want to study with us in September 2020, contact us for advice about available spaces on this Programme. Please contact our Programme Administrators on artshumadmin@plymouth.ac.uk or the FLECS Co-ordinator Rebecca Carter Dillon to check if your studies to date make you eligible to be considered for a place on the FLECS Programme, and for information on how to apply.