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.
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 and for most candidates this is likely to be in the care and education field.
|Typical Entry||104 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - CCC/BCC
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended Diploma - Merit 2
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs. Please note that GCSE grade C or above in English (or equivalent) is required. GCSE grade C or above in Maths would also need to be gained by the end of your degree should you wish to progress directly into working with babies and young children.
Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge.
For details about the cost of the DBS and for further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), the theme of the developing child will place emphasis on understanding children and their development, learning, health and illness. Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding children and their physical care also features in Year 1. You will explore children’s social, emotional and moral behaviour, as well as the role of the adult in supporting children’s learning and development in practice.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5) the theme of babies, young children, and families in the community will place emphasis on children’s needs in their earliest years, in the context of their families, cultures and communities. Understanding the concepts of children’s rights, issues associated with multi-agency working and safeguarding children, equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice underpin modules in Year 2.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) enables you to examine, analyse and synthesise knowledge gained through study and research. You will be encouraged to evaluate and develop appropriate pedagogical approaches to work with children and their families. Year 3 encompasses theories of leadership and management, and will help you to develop an understanding of professions and professionalism, and the importance of multi-professional and multi-agency working.
" The BA in Early Childhood Studies places emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice which is supported by placement opportunities. The course also offers the best foundation for developing relevant knowledge and understanding of early childhood. "
How will I be taught?
Tutors use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will undertake placement experiences, providing the opportunity to achieve a degree which qualifies you to work with babies and young children.
A virtual learning environment (VLE) for each of the course modules is accessible electronically at times to suit your individual needs.
Each module lasts for between 40 and 48 hours of small class contact, with independent study expected in addition to this.
How will I be assessed?
A variety of modes of assessment are a feature on this course. Examples include:
- child study
- curriculum planning and rationale
In the final year there is opportunity to study an area of particular interest leading to the production of a Dissertation.
Work Based Learning
Designated placement modules are contained within Years 1 and 2 with the option to undertake a Work Based Learning module abroad in Year 2.
Placements are planned to provide hands-on experience across the age range from birth to five years and in some cases to work in school settings with children aged five years and over.
Study Abroad Opportunities
There is the option to apply to undertake a Work Based Learning module abroad in Year 2. Previous students have studied for their Work Based Learning in countries such as USA and South Africa.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
Students are encouraged to complete a Paediatric First Aid course which is organised by the Faculty. For each student who opts to complete the course the fees will be approximately £50.
Students will need to cover the costs of their travel to and from their placement setting.
Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Riverside Campus, Chester
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.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Through your course and our fantastic Careers and Employability opportunities, we aim to not only further your course knowledge, but equip you with a range of transferable skills valued by employers.
Previous students have gone on to:
- Speech and Language Lead Practitioner
- Early Years Practitioner
- Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Should you decide to further your journey in Higher Education, we offer a broad choice of professional, internationally recognised qualifications. This can be a popular option for students interested in developing their knowledge within a specialist area, or gaining the necessary qualification to further their career.
Here are just some of the areas our students have gone on to:
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October