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Course overview

This course’s distinguishing features include support in making the transition to Higher Education, with emphasis upon placement experiences. Linking theory to practice in a range of early childhood settings, our graduates leave as knowledgeable professionals with a full and relevant qualification for the purposes of employment within early years settings.

We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies with students being taught in relatively small groups. Assessment is by coursework with no exams.


If you have any enquiries about the course content, please use these contact details for Education and Children's Services.

  • Riverside Campus, Chester
3 Years

Why Study Early Childhood Studies with us?

There is a growing recognition that Early Childhood Studies is a distinctive specialism with its own career pathways. This stimulating and challenging degree recognises the importance of the academic study of early childhood and the particular ways this important phase of human development is provided for in our society.

Achieving this degree can prepare you for the world of work in a number of ways; for some candidates this is likely to be in the care and education field.  A distinctive feature of this programme is the support offered to gain an additional Level 3 qualification in Paediatric First Aid. 

Riverside Campus, Chester

The Riverside Campus provides specialist teaching facilities for most students in the Chester-based Faculties of Education and Children’s Services, and Health and Social Care

The University took ownership of the former County Hall in Chester in 2010 and transformed it into the Riverside Campus building, which provides exceptionally high quality and state-of-the-art facilities for its two resident faculties. This iconic building in the centre of Chester is just a 20-minute walk from the main Chester Campus.

Riverside Campus houses the Library collections for Education and Children’s Services and Health and Social Care students along with several IT laboratories for 'open access' and teaching use. All of the teaching spaces are equipped with high-grade audiovisual technology and provide an excellent learning experience.

In addition, Riverside Campus provides a 192-seat lecture theatre, containing raked seating and a widescreen capable of showing Blu-ray and HD films.

Dining@Dee, Riverside’s own café and coffee shop, serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and delicious meals. Meanwhile, the Student Space provides social, group work and discussion space for students, with hot and cold drinks vending machines and snack machines available, and students are able to eat their own food here.

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Events in June, October and November for Undergraduate study.


Education and Children's Services

Open Days and Evenings 2018

Visit us at an Open Day or Evening and find out what it's really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 28th October
  • Saturday 13th October
  • Saturday 27th October

Warrington Dates

  • Thursday 14th June
  • Saturday 20th October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Saturday 20th October
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