Early Childhood Studies (extended degree)

Undergraduate Extended Degree

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  • You will have an extra year to build your skills and knowledge. 
  • 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. With a team of highly-regarded tutors who are experts in their specialism, you will learn from some of the best in the field. With demand for early years specialists and leaders continuing to grow, this course will equip you for a range of potential careers.

This extended four year degree in Early Childhood Studies includes a foundation year, which will give you a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Education at degree level. Our extended degree programmes in the School of Education give students a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

On this engaging course, you will learn about children, their families and communities from before- birth until the age of eight. Looking at the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and cultural experiences of young children, you will learn about promoting understanding and respect for young children and their families.

This course is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of young children and early childhood through three key areas; theory, which includes policy and practice to help provide you with an informed perspective; research, which is led by your tutors who are experts in their field and influence current national and international policy; and practice, which can be gained through a work placement module.

The course is informed by Froebelian philosophies and traditions and it seeks to ensure that these ideas and principles inform current thinking. These include a belief in the need for people who work with young children, or who are responsible for the administration or policy formation in this field, to be knowledgeable about research in early childhood and to understand essential characteristics in young children's growth, development and learning.

This course will provide you with a sound understanding in Early Childhood Studies and equip you to draw upon this knowledge in promoting the best possible provision for children.

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject such as Education Essentials: Learning and Development. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Education which is essential for success in your degree.

During your first year of study, you consider the impact of cultural influences on the lives of babies, toddlers and young children and their development. You will research topical issues and concerns in early childhood and consider the concepts of equity and inclusion. You will explore the importance of observation in the study of young children and learn fundamental skills needed to carry out early years research.

In the second year, you will analyse the significance of play, imagination and creativity in children's development, and examine the impact of the early childhood pioneers on current perspectives and practice. You will have an opportunity to undertake a work placement in an early years setting plus you will consider a variety of curriculum models, children's wellbeing and their understanding of themselves and others. Whilst deepening your understanding of research methods in early childhood settings, you will start a research proposal for your third year project.

In your final year, you will carry out a substantial research project in an area of your choice and develop expertise in this subject. You will also spend time learning about how to interact with young children so that you can engage with their perspectives and consider the influences that society has on them. A strong and effective relationship with the parents of the children you care for is paramount to the welfare of the child. You will learn how to maintain a balance of power between the parents and yourself as a professional, as well as how to address issues such as cultural diversity and support systems.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
Education Essentials - Learning and Development
Education Essentials - Institutions, Policy and Practice

Year 1

Contemporary Issues
Researching Social and Cultural Issues
Studying Young Children
Babies and Toddlers
Froebelian Perspectives: Play and Outdoor Learning
Being a Professional in Early Childhood: Inclusive Practice

Optional Modules
Individual Study 1

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Research Methods
Promoting Health and Welbeing in Early Childhood
Play, Representation and Creativity
History of Early Childhood

Optional Modules

Children and Families
Special Needs in Early Years Care and Education
Communication, Language and Literacy
Living and Learning in ECEC
Early Childhood Extended Placement
Atypical Learners

Year 3

Required Modules
Professionalism and Advocacy
Dissertation or Early Childhood Studies Extended Dissertation

Optional Modules
Thinking and Understanding
Leadership, Partnership and Multidisciplinary Teamwork
Unequal Childhoods: Global Perspectives
Early Childhood Pedagogy: Wellbeing, Health and Learning
The Social World of Babies and Toddlers
Special and Inclusive Education
Individual Study 6


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Graduates go on to work with and for children and families, taking on a variety of roles. For example, early childhood education and care roles, nursery management, family support work, children's and family centre work, play work, learning support, education administration and management, children's charity work and community support, children and family services in prisons and government roles. Students may also go on to work as primary school teachers (following a PGCE or other teacher training routes). A strong feature of the programme is the opportunity for progression into Masters and Doctoral level study in key areas of early childhood.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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