• Early Childhood Studies

Why study at Roehampton

  • Highly qualified, research-active tutors who are experts in their fields.
  • A very supportive learning community with high levels of student satisfaction.
  • Access to our renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, containing rare books, toys and photographs.

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

Designed to meet the increasing demand for early years specialists, this course will equip you for a range of potential careers in this field. You will study the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and cultural experiences of young children, and learn about promoting understanding and respect for young children and their families. If you are already working in this area, you will enhance your work and improve your prospects with a better understanding of early childhood theory, research 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 in recent years have included 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
  • Children’s Wellbeing: Health and Safeguarding

Career options

Graduates can work as primary school teachers (following PGCE), or in early childhood education and care, nursery management, social work, children’s and family centre 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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General entry requirements »


Education »


3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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