Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

Our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) will open doors for you to enter a career in early childhood care, educational or advisory settings. This degree comes with a built-in foundation year that will prepare you for undergraduate study and is the ideal choice if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year course.

Course details

On our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) bachelor’s degree you’ll study the play, development and learning of children from birth to six years old. This will be taught in relation to practice in early childhood settings and within a socio-cultural context.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other degrees with a foundation year, which will give you an opportunity to discuss the subjects you study with students that have different academic perspectives. It will also allow you to meet students outside of your course and expand your network, which you might find useful when job hunting after graduation. The foundation year is designed to equip you with skills that are necessary for undergraduate study, such as essay writing, time management, research and critical thinking. During the foundation year you’ll also take a taster module in early childhood studies, which will allow you to prepare for more rigorous study of the subject in the subsequent three years of your degree.


Entry requirements

at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma) English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent) enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

What the students say

The highlight of my time at London Met so far has been using the resources made available by the University, especially the careers department, along with the skills obtained on my degree to successfully secure an intern position in my first year.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
  • Critical Thinking (core, 15 credits)
  • Interventions for Change (core, 15 credits)
  • Key Concepts in Early Childhood (core, 15 credits)
  • Media, Crime and ‘Race’ (core, 15 credits)
  • Reflecting on Self and Society (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Discrimination (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Inequality (core, 15 credits)
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core, 15 credits)
  • Academic Skills and Professional Placement (core, 30 credits)
  • Adults and Children as Learners: An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies (core, 30 credits)
  • Perspectives on Children’s Development (core, 30 credits)
  • Safeguarding Young Children’s Health and Well-being (core, 30 credits)
  • Understanding Play (core, 30 credits)
  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years (core, 30 credits)
  • Challenging Inequalities (core, 15 credits)
  • Children’s Rights in Today’s World (core, 15 credits)
  • Communicating in Multi-lingual contexts (core, 15 credits)
  • Early Years Learning and Practice Frameworks (core, 15 credits)
  • Enquiry-based Learning (core, 30 credits)
  • Promoting Early Learning Through the EYFS and Key Stage 1 (core, 15 credits)
  • Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six (option, 15 credits)
  • Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement: Part 2 (option, 15 credits)
  • Early Childhood Studies Project (core, 60 credits)
  • Leading Practice with Children, Families and Professionals (core, 30 credits)
  • Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood (core, 15 credits)
  • Debating Children and Childhood (option, 15 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Key Stage 1 (option, 15 credits)