Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

Early Childhood Studies

Why study at Roehampton

  • Highly qualified, research-active tutors who are experts in their fields of study.
  • An ethos of co-operative learning within a supportive academic community.
  • Access to our internationally renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, containing many rare books, toys and photographs.
  • Ranked the 3rd best university in London for research in Education (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results)
  • We are ranked best modern university in London for the quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in Early Childhood Studies.

This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to promote understanding and respect for young children and their families. Students will explore the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and cultural experiences of young children. This course is designed to meet the increasing demand for early years specialists and provide a sound understanding of early childhood theory and practice. It also provides those already working in this field with the opportunity to enhance their practical work and improve career prospects with a better understanding of early childhood theory and practice.

More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

The study of young children and the cultural influences on their lives and development is explored in depth. You research current issues and concerns in early childhood and consider equity and inclusion. You also learn about the importance of observation in the study of young children and develop your observational skills. You begin to learn the particular skills needed to carry out research in the early years.

Second year

You look critically at the significance of play, imagination and creativity in children's development, consider a variety of curriculum models, and examine the impact of the early childhood pioneers on current perspectives and practice. Optional modules are available in Children's Communication, Language and Literacy, Children and Families, Curriculum, Principles and Practice, Self and Others and Children's Wellbeing. There is also the opportunity for a placement in an early years setting. You continue to learn about research methods in early childhood settings, developing a research proposal which you will develop in the third year.

Third year

You carry out a substantial research project in an area of your choice and develop a specific expertise. You also study what it means to be an advocate for young children and their families, and have the option of learning about the nature of teamwork and leadership, or to study children's thinking and understanding and also to undertake a placement in an early years setting.

Examples of work placements

  • Children's centres
  • Children's hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Primary schools
  • Schools for children with special educational needs

Example modules

  • Cultural Influences
  • Play, Representation and Creativity
  • Parents, Professionals and the Balance of Power

Career options

Early childhood education and care, nursery management, social work, children’s and family centre work, play work, learning support, education administration and management, children’s charity work and community support

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

280 points

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Education »


3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Further information

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Saturday 11 July 2015

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