Early Childhood Studies (BA)


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  • Take up the option to go on a professional placement in year two.
  • Access to our renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, containing rare books, toys and photographs.
  • Focus your studies on one of five pathways.
  • Roehampton is in the top three universities in London for graduate earnings in education (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one and five years after graduation).
  • We now offer the opportunity for students to gain a certificate for Graduate Practitioner Competencies (level 6). 
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two
  • For the past three years Roehampton has been ranked in the top two universities in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020, 2021 and 2022).
  • 91.8% of Roehampton Early Childhood Studies students are satisfied with the learning resources on the course (NSS 2019)


Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. With a team of highly-regarded tutors, who are all experts in their specialisms, you will learn from some of the best in the field.

This degree will empower you with the knowledge and skills, confidence and resilience to act as an advocate for babies, young children, their families and communities.

You will develop an understanding of policy and practice, and learn to engage in critical inquiry and problem solving around key issues in early childhood.

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.

The course takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, grounded in the following principles:

  • A holistic focus on babies, young children, their families and the communities they are part of, making links with past, present and future
  • The centrality of play and (outdoor) environments for wellbeing and learning
  • Continued development of understanding of professionalism and professional reflection and action, linking theory, research and practice
  • A commitment to recognising and responding to the individual experiences and understandings of children
  • Inclusion and connectedness, and a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood

In years two and three, you can choose to follow one of the five pathways, or pick modules from each, giving you a diverse knowledge of:

  • Working with under 3s
  • Working with 3-8 year olds
  • Working with children and families
  • Working for children and families
  • Research

You will leave with a broad understanding of early childhood studies, and be well equipped to follow a career in many areas relating to children.

Year one

  • Consider the impact of cultural influences on the lives of babies, toddlers and young children and their development.
  • Develop an understanding of Froebel’s ideas about education for very young children and their relationship to current policy and practice.
  • Research topical issues and concerns in early childhood and consider the concepts of equity and inclusion.
  • Explore the importance of observation in the study of young children and learn fundamental skills needed to carry out early years research.

Year two

  • 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.
  • Undertake a work placement in an early years setting.
  • Consider a variety of curriculum models, children's wellbeing and their understanding of themselves and others.
  • Deepen your understanding of research methods in early childhood settings and start a research proposal for your year three project.

Year three

  • Carry out a substantial research project in an area of your choice and develop expertise in this subject.
  • Spend time learning how to interact with young children so 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 to maintain a balance of power between the parents and yourself as a professional, as well as address issues such as cultural diversity and support systems.

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

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

Year 3

Required Modules
Professionalism and Advocacy

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

Compulsory and required modules
Compulsory and required modules may change when we review and update courses. The list above shows the modules students studied this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules may vary from year to year depending on the number of students interested in taking up the subject.


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.

We now offer the opportunity to gain a certificate for Graduate Practitioner Competencies (level 6). The graduate level practitioner will be offered to students studying the BA Early Childhood Studies course.

Students will gain the level 6 recognition through undertaking an assessed placement alongside their course, that focuses on the topics learnt throughout the degree. Gaining recognition for Graduate Practitioner Competencies (level 6) is supported by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network and is recognised in the Department for Education’s career progression map.

You will be well placed to secure a variety of roles, such as working as an education professional in primary and nursery care (teaching, administration or management)* or a special needs professional in schools, children centres and the community. You could work for a children's charity undertaking policy and research, in community support, welfare or housing, or for an NGO or central or local government department.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.


*This is an academic degree- further study may be needed to gain professional qualifications

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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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