Early Childhood Studies - BA (Hons)

You’ll explore the world through a child’s eyes and unlock your potential. Forge a rewarding career with children and families in a variety of early years settings.

Course details

Working with young children is hugely rewarding and enormous fun. It can also be very challenging, and it’s a fast-paced sector. We’ll help you develop the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to deliver a high standard of professional practice in the workplace.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Our course has been designed to develop your understanding of professional and inclusive practice, supporting both the child and the family. Using theory and practical experiences you’ll explore current research around key topics including contemporary theories and pedagogical approaches, while building your leadership skills and considering possible careers across the early childhood sector.


Entry requirements

80 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

5 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

Evidence of work with young children is required.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required.

A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required.


We’ve worked with employers in designing our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. We’ve also been guided by The Children’s Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework.


You’ll be assessed in a range of ways which are designed to support the professional skills you need within the workforce. These include observations, patchwork texts, presentations, case studies, portfolios, posters, investigations, reports and essays.

  • Learning and Development
  • Play, Health and Wellbeing
  • Researching Childhood
  • Early Years Practice and Pedagogy
  • Early Childhood Graduate Competencies
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Supporting Children’s Learning 1: Comparing Curricula
  • Early Years Practice, Policy and Professionalism
  • Early Childhood Graduate Competencies
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Early Childhood Leadership and Management
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Leading Change in Early Childhood Contexts
  • Early Childhood Graduate Competencies
  • Children’s Rights
  • Undergraduate Major Project