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Early Childhood Studies (final year entry)

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Full time: 1 year


School of Education


In a world where children’s futures are uncertain, qualified early childhood graduates with specialist practitioner skills and professional knowledge are needed more than ever.

On this final year course, you’ll enhance the learning you’ve already completed. You'll gain a solid understanding of the theory underpinning your practice. You’ll learn and master different pedagogical approaches - and you’ll know when, why and how to use them.

You'll have the support and guidance to develop your professional knowledge. You can also take the opportunity to make your own area of interest an important issue in Early Years through your dissertation. And you’ll graduate ready to take a professional and leading role within the early years sector.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students will usually have achieved a Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care or an equivalent relevant Early Years related level 5 qualification of 240 credits subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) distance learning

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) distance learning full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) distance learning

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) distance learning full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

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+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.




Learning and assessment

On the course, you’ll be able to focus on your interests, and grow in the areas you care about most. You might explore how inequality impacts childhood. You might compare education systems across the world. You might examine child development. Or you might analyse children’s literacy - and how to build a love of reading.

You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of both teaching pedagogy, and practitioner techniques. This means you’ll fully understand how different approaches work. And you’ll know when, where and how to use them. You’ll ultimately be better equipped to support any child, in any situation.

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Study modules

Final Year Modules

Compulsory modules

Dissertation Preparation

This module gives you the skills and knowledge to excel at your dissertation. You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of topics that will prepare you for every stage of your dissertation. You’ll learn how to plan your dissertation, analyse research and write up a powerful argument. You’ll gain a valuable critical awareness of yourself as a researcher, as you get to know the processes involved. You’ll also understand the key ethical procedures of fieldwork, allowing you to work successfully in the field.


Children in the Digital World

How do media and technology impact children’s lives and their understanding of the world? You’ll use key academic theories to explore these dynamic questions and how the issues are relevant in education. You’ll explore direct examples of media and technology, and gain core practical skills for your degree as you make links between theory and real life situations. 


International Comparisons in Early Childhood Care and Education

You’ll examine core policies and practices in education. You’ll gain important analytical skills for your degree, as you consider the differences in education policy between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You’ll analyse how international evidence in education impacts services in these four UK countries.


Reflective Practice

You’ll enhance your confidence and skills in working as a practitioner in an early years setting. You’ll discuss current issues, and reflect on your own practice in the light of current policy and research. As a group, we’ll focus on reflection as means of bringing together theory and practice, with an emphasis on group reflection. You might focus on issues such as:

  • deepening understandings of curriculum organisation and delivery
  • focusing on the individual needs of the child
  • addressing issues of inclusion, individual achievement or well-being
  • focusing on relationships with parents and the community.

As part of the module, you’ll also complete a reflective journal.

Unequal Childhoods

Not all childhoods are equal. You’ll reflect on the ways we respond to differences in:

  • ethnicity
  • race
  • social class
  • ability.

You’ll build on your knowledge of equality, diversity and human justice that you’ve gained from earlier modules. You’ll also increase your knowledge of United Nations conventions and United Kingdom equality legislation, increasing your professional understanding of legislation and equality.

The Principled Professional

Gain fantastic preparation for work as a professional early years practitioner. You’ll explore the core elements of the professional’s role in early years settings and other employment contexts. You’ll develop a strong understanding of professionalism, giving you the best chance to succeed in job interviews and your future career. You’ll also grow into a strong advocate for the wellbeing of children and their families.


You’ll undertake independent research on a topic in Early Childhood Studies which fascinates you. You’ll have the support of an expert supervisor who will help you negotiate a key issue in Early Childhood Studies and develop it into a dissertation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You’ll learn at our Harcourt Hill campus, home of our School of Education, where you’ll have access to specialist education teaching spaces. You will gain specialist skills and knowledge. You might explore how inequality impacts childhood. Or look at education systems across the world.

You’ll be supported through your study by leading researchers in education. And the latest research and developments in education will directly inform your learning.

As a distance learner you’ll become part of a professional community of learners and educational professionals online.

You’ll learn through pre-recorded resources, online lectures and seminars. You’ll also take part in collaborative activities, being part of an interactive approach to learning and teaching.


Assessment methods used on this course

Your modules will be 100% assessed by coursework. These could be presentations, essays and/or project reports.

Assessment for some modules includes group assignments that encourage collaborative and team working skills.

After you graduate

Career prospects

You’ll graduate as a confident and self-aware educational practitioner who can decisively employ the right techniques in your day-to-day practice.

And you’ll be equipped to enter a range of careers - like:

  • Teacher training
  • Play therapy
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Educational psychology
  • And social work

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.