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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:X316

About the Course

This flexible course offers an integrated international pathway into early years education, with a focus on building your employability through work placements. It also has options to complete over one or two years, depending on your previous related studies.

The degree explores the complexity of early education and child development while placing the developing child within the context of their family and society, both in the UK and globally. It allows you to compare and evaluate international and UK-based early childhood education, offering international students the opportunity to compare their home nation’s early years practice with the UK.

Areas you may cover through the course include early child development; early childhood settings; teaching practice; families and communities; early numeracy and literacy; inclusive education and practice; and international perspectives on early childhood education.

Why choose this course?
  • Benefit from its strong focus on employability, with placements in settings across the age range (birth-7) as well as opportunities for voluntary experience
  • Learn with a highly experienced, research-active academic team
  • Study at a University with over 10 years’ experience delivering degree courses in early years or early childhood education
  • Many of our alumni have gone on to qualify as teachers in the UK primary sector or work as leaders in the early years sector
  • If you are an international student, we offer a transition unit before the start of the course that familiarises you with UK early years education
  • You can enter the course at Level 5, with two years’ subsequent full-time study, or at Level 6, with one year of study. The level of entry depends on your previous qualifications
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Early Child Development (EDC055-1) Compulsory
  • Early Years Curriculum Studies (EDC056-1) Compulsory
  • Key Concepts In Education (EDC064-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • The Growing Child In Context (EDC050-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Practice In Early Childhood Settings (EDC051-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Teaching Practice (EDC063-2) Compulsory
  • Early Representations Of Numeracy And Literacy (EDC028-2) Compulsory
  • Families And Communities (EDC066-2) Compulsory
  • Inclusive Education In The Early Years (EDC072-2) Compulsory
  • Investigating The Social World (EDC021-2) Compulsory
  • Understanding The Inclusive Practice In The Early Years (EDC065-2) Compulsory
  • Developing Children'S Thinking And Understanding (EDC202-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation (EDC207-3) Compulsory
  • International Perspectives On Early Childhood Education (EDC216-3) Compulsory
  • Professionalism, Leadership And Management In The Early Years (EDC162-3) Compulsory
  • Quality In The Early Years (EDC208-3) Compulsory
  • Children And Young PeopleS Wellbeing (EDC204-3) Optional
  • Representations Of Disability (EDC209-3) Optional

Learning is promoted through participation in a wide range of teaching methods across the degree. In lectures you will be invited to be actively involved through such activities as commenting on videos of practice; in seminars you will share your reflections on your learning in lectures and your reading, debate viewpoints and engage in practical activities. You will attend practical workshops both on campus and in local Early Years settings, and undertake work-related learning through placements in Early Years settings. Please note that you must be aware of and adhere to the University of Bedfordshire and School of Education and English Language placement policies.

As the degree progresses you will be encouraged and guided to develop your learning towards increasingly independent study. You are encouraged to see your learning as a collaborative enterprise in which your participation is crucial. Individual tutorials with staff are offered across the degree to allow you to reflect on your on-going development.

Level 4 introduces you to key ideas about Early Years Education and specific professional and academic skills that you will need to further develop for success in HE. In Levels 5 and 6 of the course the emphasis on lectures decreases with a higher proportion of seminar and workshop sessions. In Level 6 you will complete independent research in a topic related to Early Years Education. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional units that further your own particular interests in education.

Extensive use will be made of the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide you with information and further materials for your study and facilitate interaction and discussion between students and between staff and students. You will have the opportunity to develop your own IT skills through engagement with various forms of technology such as discussion boards.

Some core units require short periods of work based placement. You will be able to find your own settings for this but you are able to use suitable settings for this that already work with (for example places that have paid employment at or are volunteering in) although this is subject to ethical approval processes. Where you not have such contacts you will get support from the Education Services Team on the Bedford Campus. You will be encouraged to develop work based contacts from the very start of your degree to enhance your learning experiences and to be better able to relate theory to practice.

This course is taught by a core group of lecturers with recent professional practice in a range of Early Years educational settings and research-based work.

Why study in the School of Education and English?

  • Broad spectrum of opportunities to study language and linguistics
  • 92% satisfaction with English Language and TEFL, NSS 2020

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


Graduates of this course will have access to a wide range of careers working with young children including: working in nurseries; establishing and running your own setting; and working in advisory roles.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student