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"The tutors offer endless support... They are always encouraging and motivating." Katie Wells, current student

Why choose to study here?

Employable graduates – We’re ranked in the top 10 Universities in the country for employability with 96.7% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

It's important that children and young people are supported effectively, and empowered to achieve their potential. We offer a range of courses that prepare you for the workplace and equip you with the skills to advance within a number of careers.

About our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course offers you the chance to develop your understanding of early childhood from birth to eight years, exploring how children develop, learn and think. You will explore the importance of identifying and meeting children’s needs and consider the challenges and opportunities in children’s services, looking at childhood from a range of perspectives. We offer a Practitioner Options route which embeds a childcare qualification with Department for Education recognition and you can study this as a Joint Honours degree.

About our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies (0-19)

Our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies is a practical and work-based course that has been designed with employers in the sector. You’ll spend two days per week on placement from the start of the course, working in a variety of settings such early years, primary, secondary, tertiary education, and working with young people. You can tailor your placements to work with children and young people of different ages, or focus on a specific age range if you prefer. You’ll also get the chance to reflect on your time at placement to shape your learning, whilst building the crucial foundations for your future career. 

About our FdA Children’s and Young People’s Services (0-19)

Our FdA Children's and Young People's Services course will help you to become a more confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner working with children, young people and their families. You will need to be working in the sector two days per week or have a relevant vocational level 3 qualification and be doing two days voluntary work in the sector. A foundation degree in our early years pathway is considered full and relevant for the purposes of registration and regulation for the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC). ( This means that if you hold this qualification you can count in the qualified ratio of staff at level 3. 

FdA Special Education Needs and Disability

If you are a professional working in the field of SEND and inclusive practice, then FdA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is for you. Its core aim is to enhance your ability to bring positive outcomes to the children and young people you work with. You'll study a mixture of theory and practical work. In your theoretical study you will cover some core modules and optional modules and you will be able to specialise in SEND in Education or Health and Social Care. The course is flexible to suit you; you can study during the day, in the evening and at weekend study days, although some routes require you to attend specific days for specialised lectures.

Join us at an open day 

Book your place at our next open day - this will give you the opportunity to attend subject talks, tour the University and speak to both the teaching team and current students with the College of Education.


Education tailored to you

Gemma Sudale discussing Early Childhood Studies