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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is open for September 2020 entry only. It will not be available for September 2021.

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

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Combine Early Childhood Studies with another subject – and build a versatile portfolio of skills and knowledge which will impress potential employers.

This is a challenging and varied joint honours degree which opens the door to fulfilling careers in many walks of life, including roles where you can shape and influence young lives.

Explore how children develop

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of early childhood, exploring how children develop, learn and think from birth to eight years.

Our focus is on the importance of identifying and meeting children’s needs, so you’ll also consider all the challenges and opportunities faced by early years professionals working in a variety of children’s services.

The course offers fascinating insights into childhood from a broad range of perspectives. We encourage you to draw on your own experiences in early years to enhance your knowledge.

Expertise to inspire you

Our course is delivered by a highly experienced team who come from wide-ranging professional backgrounds including early years, primary teaching, school and nursery management, social work, health visiting, nursing and midwifery.

They include influential researchers and published authors, which means your course is shaped by the latest thinking and innovative ideas which are changing the face of early childhood studies.

Our staff have investigated important subjects spanning everything from creativity for early years professionals to social constructions of childhood, from the pressures faced by new parents to ways of engaging fathers in early years settings.

A vibrant learning experience

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

An exciting choice of combinations

The benefits of a Joint Honours degree are that you can keep your options open, extend your career scope and build a flexible, wide-ranging set of skills.

You can combine Early Childhood Studies with a variety of other subjects at Derby. Popular choices include Sociology, Education Studies, Psychology, Popular Culture and Media, Theatre Arts, Sport and Exercise Studies, Maths, English and Law.

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4EY500

Early Language and Communication

Language and Communication are central to children’s emotional, social and cognitive development. The ability to express needs, feelings, opinions and questions unlocks the world of understanding, knowledge and relationships for the young child.

This module provides students with key knowledge of language and communication development in young children and babies, identifies the role of the adult in promoting language and looks at theories of language development. It provides the student with the opportunity to discuss and analyse a range of theoretical perspectives and consider their application to practice.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4EY501

Early Emotional and Social Development

The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 31) stresses the importance of young children’s experiences of emotional security and warm relationships for healthy early emotional development, well- being and happiness.

This module explores the ways in which adults can promote successful personal, social and emotional development towards these (above) objectives. It also examines how a positive start in life and a sure foundation is likely to have a direct impact on well-being and achievement later in life.

There will be an exploration of theories of attachment plus social development and the critical role of the adults with whom children come into contact. Different styles of parenting are examined as is the importance of encouraging a positive and healthy self-image.

The module will also review recent research into emotional literacy and resilience, considering how these findings can inform practice and support the development of the skills and attitudes of people who are involved with young children.

Reference: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (November 1989) UNICEF

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4EY503

Studying Early Childhood

This module is intended to develop the students’ skills and confidence in producing academic writing and confident use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (ULE). It will deal with how to collect information from academically appropriate sources and present this in a well-structured manner with indication as to its source.

The skills developed in this module are generic ones which will be applicable across all modules. Additionally, the module facilitates self-evaluation of a range of key skills and promotes the development of an action plan focusing on academic, personal and career outcomes. Inherent in this is the development of the skill of critical self-reflection.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4EY506

The Growing Child

Due to the wide diversity of students in terms of age range, prior knowledge of this subject, experience and ability, an innovative approach to teaching this module has been adopted. It aims to encourage the development of methods of enquiry in students, and the opportunity to undertake exploratory study and to share information.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5EY500

Children's Health

This module is intended to develop students’ knowledge of concepts of health as they apply to children in contemporary society. and how this is related to healthy growth and development. Throughout the module, a strong emphasis is placed on poverty and its’ resultant inequalities in health, the policy context including children’s right to health and the role of the Early Years Educator in promoting children’s health and wellbeing.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EY501

Emerging Literacies in the Early Years

The module considers the role of children’s emergent literacies in an increasingly digital age. It will look at the historical context of children’s literature and how childhood is portrayed within children’s reading material.

It will explore the relationship between children’s literacies and current issues in childhood experience and consider how books and digital material can be used to support children’s learning.

The module aims to equip students with a deeper understanding of how important aspects of childhood are addressed through image, icon and text illustration as well as writing.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5EY502

Developing Employability

This module seeks to further students’ personal and professional development, building upon skills learnt in Stage 1, with a particular focus on reflective practice skills. Within the early years sector high value is placed upon the importance of working collaboratively as part of a team, particularly in moving towards securing the highest standards of children’s welfare.

This module enables students to review their personal and professional development and the successful and limiting factors which influence working together effectively with children, parents, and professionals from both a theoretical, practice and employability skills perspective.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EY504

Family Dynamics: Children Parents and Families

This module is designed to enable students to identify and evaluate the unique influence of the family in children’s development. It is concerned with the examination of the effects of early relationships within the family and ways in which these might influence the course of development.

The importance of parenting is considered here alongside contemporary research from psychology and to a lesser extent sociology. The changing nature of the family during the late 20th and early 21st centuries is considered.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EY505

The Early Years' Researcher

The module is designed to help you plan your own research, develop research skills in a topic of your own choice and give the opportunity to study an area of interest to you. The knowledge gained will help in the understanding of how practice and theory inform each other.

The module is also intended to prepare you to complete your Independent Study in Stage 3. It involves the development of a range of skills, including the ability to study independently.

Crucially, the Ethical Guidelines of the University are explored and how they affect students, settings and tutors. There is support and guidance available to you at each stage of this module to help you progress.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EY508

Children Across the World

This module provides students with an opportunity to consider children’s diverse and different experiences of childhood. It explores differing experiences of childhood from sociological perspectives and considers how inequalities impact on children’s lives. It analyses how ideas about children and childhood are constructed within socio cultural contexts in relation to social class, gender and ethnicity.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5EY509

Technology in Early Childhood

The module is intended to help students to consider the impact on children of growing up in an environment in which they are immersed in technology. It will consider the range of technology to which children are exposed and enable critical examination of the possible effects of these new technologies on the development of their skills, knowledge, understanding and social practices.

It will consider the attitudes and perceptions of children, parents and practitioners and what the technologies have to offer.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5EY510

Wellbeing From Birth

This module explores the world of babies and very young children and current theories and perspectives into their wellbeing. It explores how infants learn and develop through their emerging relationships with others. This module enables students to examine the provision of an environment in which babies and young children can flourish.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5EY511

Creative Approaches to the Curriculum 0-8 Years

This module builds on stage 1 modules Play and Creativity and the Emerging Practitioner and explores the central role of creativity in children’s early learning.

The module will explore how creativity can support children to become autonomous in their own learning through decision making and how we can provide opportunities for them to develop individual approaches to learning across the curriculum. This will focus upon creative approaches to learning and teaching related to the current curriculum.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EY518

Child Protection

This module is aimed at students who are planning to work with children in early years, health, social care and education settings. The purpose of this module is to equip students with knowledge and understanding that will help them to identify children at risk of or suffering abuse and neglect.

The module will help students to understand the policies and procedures that will help them fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities effectively. The module also aims to promote understanding of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working in the field of safeguarding children.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EY500

The Young Child in Transition: Supporting Change and Promoting Resilience

The Module is intended to stimulate thinking on two areas of child development that have underpinned the whole BA programme.

Research suggests that if a child is able to cope with the expected changes they can anticipate through their childhood, then they will be able to cope better when the unexpected things happen.

We need to identify ways of supporting children through these expected and unexpected changes so that they are better able to construct their understanding of their world. The strength that comes from this understanding is called resilience.

Research suggests that children who develop the ability to be resilient will develop into adults who can support themselves more effectively.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EY502

Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care

This module is intended to address some of the key issues for leaders in early years’ settings and the challenges they face. This will include the development of skills, ensuring quality and the different types of leadership styles. Additional consideration will be given to the developing professionalism agenda.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EY503

The Critically Reflective Practitioner

The term reflection has been interpreted by theorists and practitioners in a number of different ways and is used for different purposes. This module explores ideas and theories about the purpose of critical reflection and its use to practitioners and students in the final year of the early childhood studies undergraduate programme.

It enables students to recall, explain, analyse and reflect upon their own professional practice and personal development through the nurturing of critical thinking skills. It provides an opportunity for students to bring synthesis to their academic and practice-based journey and their personal progression.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EY504

Contesting Childhood

This module aims to equip students with a critical understanding of childhood; recognising it is a contested phenomenon. It explores competing ideas from history, philosophy, psychology and sociology about the concept of ‘childhood’, children’s development and reflects upon current research findings especially when considering how different groups (or communities) consider notions of ‘upbringing’. It is particularly useful in developing students’ critical thinking skills.

The style of presentation is necessarily dialogic and includes individual and small group tasks requiring skills of working together, debate and communication.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6EY505

Children's Voices: Listening and Experiences

Children live different lives according to the context in which they are located. This module aims to provide a framework for exploration of these (in some respects) unique experiences without judgement and in full recognition of the validity and these varied lives.

The course addresses issues of (children’s) rights and citizenship in modern contexts globally and its content includes ‘ways of asking’, different languages through which children can feel confident to express their feelings and experiences, hopes, fears, aspirations (to name but a few). Practitioners’ roles and approaches are clearly key to this process as well.

This relatively new area is, arguably, part of new thinking about children as active participants in interpreting and making meanings of their world(s). The assessment strategy is innovative and different with both a human element and an opportunity to demonstrate summarising and presentational skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6EY506

Creative Possibilities and Opportunities in the Early Years

Creativity has achieved, in recent years, renewed status, supported by compelling claims for deep learning, deep thinking, emotional satisfaction and engagement with others. Recent interest has extended the notion of creativity to encompass children’s geographies, engagement with nature and awareness of surroundings.

This module aims to equip students with a critical understanding and awareness of both the importance of and potential for children’s creative development in the wider context of play spaces, community and home. There is opportunity to discuss economic, social and political influences on freedom, risk and play opportunities.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EY507

Health and Inequality in Children's Lives

This module explores the relationship between children’s health and socio-economic status. It considers how health inequality in childhood not only impacts unfavourably on outcomes for children but also has significant implications for life prospects in adulthood. Health inequalities are considered from both a historical and contemporary perspective and attempts to address them are viewed through an exploration of the wider social, political and economic conditions that prevail. There is a critical analysis of health intervention strategies which have been designed to improve children’s health.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EY511

Vulnerable Children and the Law

This module focuses on the contemporary international and national legal framework in respect of vulnerable children. The module aims to demystify children’s law and provide students with up to date, in-depth knowledge and understanding regarding child law as a basis for working effectively with vulnerable children in a range of settings.

This module builds upon a number of key modules you have already undertaken. You will consolidate and extend the knowledge gained through prior learning and experience of working with children.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EY998

Independent Study

This module is designed to enable students to bring to bear upon a personally chosen field of study a range of skills developed in the course to date in order to identify an aspect of practice in relation to the care and education of younger children which they have studied or researched.

This will provide a distinctive and unique aspect to their degree qualification and will represent a field of knowledge and understanding which may be developed further in practice, postgraduate study or research. A central feature of the conduct of this module will be the generation of a learning contract between students and the members of staff allocated to the support of this module.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You'll be taught through lectures, seminar activities and tutorials to support you through your assessments and group work.

Whilst the majority of modules are taught, the professional practice modules and research modules are much more self-directed, promoting independent learning. You'll be encouraged to undertake personal development planning throughout the course and produce action plans related to career goals and progression.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed using essays, reports, posters, presentations, case studies, online tests, and independent research. There are no exams.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112*
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For Joint Honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

This course is open for September 2020 entry only. It will not be available for September 2021.

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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Careers

By taking Early Childhood Studies as a Joint Honours subject, you’ll broaden your career potential and can seek out opportunities across the independent, private, public or voluntary sectors. Our graduates have a particularly strong track record for securing  roles working with children and families.

Demand for well qualified and dedicated early childhood professionals is burgeoning across health, education and social care settings. With your specialist knowledge of childhood, you will be ideally positioned to achieve your ambitions in a rapidly growing employment field.

Some of our students also use this degree as a platform to join graduate training schemes or to progress to postgraduate courses such as our PGCE Primary.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Depending on your chosen Joint Honours course combination, you will be entitled to approximately 50% of the following: 

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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