Early Childhood Studies
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We designed our Early Childhood Studies BA to help you explore the issues children face in today’s uncertain world. From exploring how we can nurture inclusivity, to considering how creative and therapeutic approaches can provide support for children and families. You may want to work with children directly, or you might be keen to advocate for the next generation who are growing up in an uncertain world.
There are many factors that influence children’s development in the UK and worldwide. Our experienced team will help you look at a range of topics such as children’s emotional health and their understanding of outdoor learning and sustainable practice.
Unlike other courses, we put a real focus on social justice and equality. From day 1, you’ll start thinking about what impact these areas have on children – and your own life.
To boost your employability, you’ll complete a placement each year. This might be in a school or nursery, but we’ve also had students who put theory into practice at sports clubs and hospices. This experience can help you secure interviews after graduating.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
We work with the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network to help you get practical experience supporting children.
Social justice lens
Our course focuses on social justice and inclusivity to help you make a real difference to the lives of children, families and communities.
Armed with this degree, you could find a role where you support families, continue your training or complete postgraduate studies.
Our team is from a diverse range of backgrounds and brings their experience into your learning opportunities.
Freedom to explore
Each year you’ll get to pick from a variety of optional modules that cover areas like outdoor learning, therapeutic approaches and diverse needs.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
You’ll start your studies by looking at the importance of social justice and inclusivity in this field. At the same time, we’ll cover the key areas of child and adolescent development. Your first year also gives you a chance to polish your study skills. This includes essay planning, referencing and literature searches.
As you move into your second year, you’ll look at the subject in more depth. We’ll also help you develop research skills in interviews, observation and questionnaires. You’ll have the chance to pick from more optional modules covering everything from literature to therapeutic approaches.
In your final year, you’ll continue to build your knowledge and apply everything you’ve learned to your dissertation. It’s up to you what your dissertation explores – perhaps there’s an area you haven’t covered on the course. Past students have looked at how to support single parents, or the best approach for helping children with long-term medical conditions.
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’ll explore forest school approaches in our outdoor learning spaces and be able to borrow teaching resources from our Education Resources Centre. You can choose to live at Harcourt Hill - or apply for a space in any of our other halls across Oxford.
You’ll also spend time every year out on placement. On placement, you’ll apply your knowledge as a professional and build sought-after practitioner skills. We can support you in finding a placement and actively encourage you to be proactive to source an early years setting that suits your personal interests.
Many of our students work part-time as private tutors, nursery school bank staff or in after school clubs, you can use this as your work placement and your timetable is designed to accommodate this.
Early Childhood Studies modules are 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.
By the time you finish this course, you could have a CV jam-packed with professional skills and qualities employers look for. At interviews, they’ll be able to quickly see that you’re a strong communicator and top problem solver.
Having completed placements on the course, you’ll be confident working with children and families from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Our graduates make a difference to children by working in:
- social work
- therapeutic roles including play therapy, speech and language therapy and physical therapy
- family support
- special educational needs.
Want to specialise further? You might decide to progress to postgraduate studies in education, psychology or law. You could also complete professional qualifications like teaching, nursing and social work.
"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
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) initial check||£54|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Travel and associated costs if relevant when undertaking work placements.||£30-700 per year|
|Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) top-up check (to keep up to date)||£13|
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.