A degree with a sharp focus on employability in the early years sector, and with teaching informed by the influential works of Friedrich Froebel.
Duration: 3 years
3 years (full-time) OR
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
BA (single honours)
September 2022 entry: 112 points
For the past three years Roehampton has been ranked either top or second in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020, 2021 and 2022).
In your final year you can gain a level 6 certificate in Graduate Practitioner Competencies via an assessed work placement, an award that’s recongised by the Department for Education’s career progression map.
Access to the world-renowned Froebel Archive, containing rare books, toys and photos collected by followers of Froebelian philosophy over the past 200 years.
Course and Module Details
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 the field.
The course takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, grounded in the following principles:
- A holistic view of 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
- Inclusion and connectedness, and a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood
- A commitment to recognising and responding to the individual experiences and understandings of children
- Continued development of understanding of professionalism and professional reflection and action, linking theory, research and practice
Study schedule by year
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Extended degree (4 years)
This course is offered as an extended degree - a four-year programme which provides an additional 'foundation' year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.
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.
September 2022 entry: 64 points
The following modules form the foundation year of this degree.
New Chancellor’s award: Graduate Practitioner Competencies
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.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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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.
This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
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
How to apply
How to join us in January or February 2022
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
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Application process FAQs
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Dr Sally Howe
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Dr Penny Lawrence
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Dr Michelle Cottle
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Dr Fenling Tang
I'm Fenling and I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.
I am Programme Convenor for the Froebel Professional Certificate Course in Early Childhood, and my teaching covers the BA, MA and Froebel Certificate courses. My research interests include young children’s identities, children’s rights and participation, Froebelian perspectives, professionalism in early childhood, play and creativity, early childhood pedagogy and policy, technology with young children, and ethnographic research with young children.
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Dr Evelyn Corrado
I'm Evelyn and I use multidisciplinary approach in my teaching and research.Read More
My study background is Psychology (MSc and BSc) and Sociology of Education. My Ph.D. research explored dialogic pedagogies in Kenya to enhance teaching and learning. I grew up in Kenya and have a tremendous social-cultural understanding of the African context, which informs my work. Previously, I worked in UK Mental Health Sector for almost ten years and later as an academic tutor at Middlesex University for four years (in the BA Education program).
Dr Kyara Rojas-Bustos
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I became interested in early language learning, particularly for children with special needs. I completed my master degree in linguistics studies and, then, my PhD in bilingual education. I am currently leading a research project about bilingual education in early years in a local authority in Chile (my first home). I am particularly interested in challenging class-bound ideologies surrounding early language/s learning.
Dr Peter Elfer
I'm Peter and my research focuses on policy and practice within early years settings and primary schools.Read More
I have explored both practitioners’ and children’s perspectives, focusing on learning, teaching and assessment, as well as conceptions of quality and accountability. I am particularly interested in creativity in learning and teaching and the wellbeing of children and practitioners connected to this.
Dr Sofia Guimaraes
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Dr Antonia Zachariou
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