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Early Childhood Studies
Children today face complex futures - and an uncertain world. Technology is rapidly changing children’s lives - and their rights. Perceptions of gender identity are shifting. And austerity has impacted children’s development across the UK and the world.
Early Childhood practitioners with specialist skills and professional knowledge are needed - now more than ever - to support children and families with the challenges of the 21st Century.
And when you study Early Childhood Studies at Oxford Brookes, you’ll explore the most significant issues facing children today - like:
- digital technologies and children’s understanding of the online world
- inequality, and its impact on children and families
- children’s emotional health
You’ll also build sought-after practitioner skills for a career working with children, families and communities. You’ll build hands-on experience through your placements. And you’ll graduate with convincing experience on your CV, ready to progress into fields like:
- Teacher training
- Play therapy
- Special educational needs
- Social work and more
How to apply
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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.
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Learning and assessment
In your first year, you’ll learn about how children develop. You’ll explore outdoor learning and play. You’ll examine children’s rights. And you’ll investigate the pressures of growing up in the 21st Century. You’ll also get hands-on experience with children and families, through your first placement in an early years setting.
In your second year, you’ll start pursuing your interests. You might explore gender in childhood. Or you could examine how technology impacts children. You might learn about special educational needs, or children’s literacy. You’ll also carry out your second placement - strengthening your practical skills.
In your final year, you’ll start building specialist skills and knowledge. You might explore how inequality impacts childhood. Or look at education systems across the world. You’ll also carry out your final placement, where you’ll finesse your practitioner skills.
You can also develop more specialist knowledge throughout your degree, in areas like:
- Literacy and reading
- Outdoor learning
- Special educational needs
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
You’ll graduate with valuable professional skills and knowledge - and a convincing CV. You’ll be a strong communicator and problem-solver - essential skills in the 21st Century workplace. And your placements will build your confidence working with children and families from all types of backgrounds and communities. You’ll finish your degree equipped to progress into fields like:
- teacher training
- social work
- play therapy
- family support
- special educational needs
- or pediatric nursing
Students also progress on to postgraduate study in education as well as psychology, sociology, law and professional qualifications like teaching and social work.
The course can lead to a PGCE (Primary), also offered at Oxford Brookes. You may continue your studies at master's level, perhaps following a specialist Post Graduate Certificate in Challenging Behaviour or Children's Literature. We also offer a range of MA Education courses, including the MA Education: Childhood and Youth Studies.
"I will take lots of valuable life skills away from my time at Brookes. I have learnt how to conduct academic research, write in an appropriately academic style, and function well in groups"Read more about Daisy
"I enjoy being able to decide what I learn instead of having it chosen for me. If I had childcare commitments within a term I knew that I could work my timetable around them instead of having to arrange my childcare around my university commitments"Read more about Jodie
"The best thing about the course is the range of modules offered: from the unique Outdoor Learning module to the Special Needs modules. This was an area I’d never really looked into before, and really enjoyed"Read more about Jodie
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