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.
Combine Early Childhood Studies with another subject – and build a versatile portfolio of skills and knowledge which will impress potential employers.
- Explore how children develop, learn and think through inspiring modules which will challenge your ideas about childhood
- Make the most of the exciting new career opportunities emerging for professionals working with children
- Develop transferable skills such as teamwork and research which will serve you well in any career
- Benefit from the expertise of a dedicated academic team who will ensure your learning is relevant and up to date
- Chart your future direction at a university with a strong track record for employability: 96% of Derby graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing a full-time degree.
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
You can study Early Childhood Studies as either a joint or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
The modules you study will depend on whether you select Early Childhood Studies as a major, joint, or minor subject. You will study modules such as:
- Early Emotional and Social Development
- Early Language and Communication
- Self-Management and Study Skills
- The Growing Child
- Children's Health
- Child Protection
- Developing Employability
- The Early Years Researcher
- Children Across the World
- Emerging Literacies in the Early Years
- Creative Approaches to the Curriculum 0-8 Years'
- Family Dynamics
- The Young Child in School
- Wellbeing from Birth
- Technology in Early Childhood (New for 2018/19)
- Contesting Childhood
- Critically Reflective Practitioner
- Independent Study
- Child Protection
- Children’s Voices
- Creative Possibilities and Opportunities in Early Childhood
- Health and Inequality
- International Perspectives
- Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care
- The Young Child in Transition
- Vulnerable Children and the Law
- Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability (New for 2018/19)
Please note that modules may be adapted or added to ensure that the degree meets changing requirements in the sector.
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.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
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 or PG Cert Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status (0-5).
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† 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.
Download programme specification
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, state-of-the-art 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.
Included in your fees
Depending on your chosen Joint Honours course combination, you will be entitled to approximately 50% of the following:
- Accredited Paediatric First Aid
- Any in-class visits (Guest speakers & workshops)
- All visiting speakers to enhance module content e.g. Social Worker, Health Visitor, Early Childhood Academic
- £100 Book Voucher 2017-2018; this is reviewed annually.
- Print credit for 200 black and white copies on a pro-rata basis dependent on student status i.e. whether full-time/part-time students; this is reviewed annually
- The initial DBS check
- Text books from Blackwells
- Contesting Childhood Conferences & access to Education & SEND Conferences and Symposium , Education, Childhood and Inclusion Careers Conference
- Induction activities and visits
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Replacement DBS check if lost approx. cost £50
- Placement travel costs that exceed £5 per day
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Certificated Makaton training, British Sign Language approx. cost £295 which includes registration and exam fees. Students can pay by instalments.
- Field trips abroad that offer enrichment opportunities – these are optional, approx. cost £430-£1000
- You may choose to buy textbooks, journals, data sticks, stationery texts
- Memberships to sports clubs and societies encouraged but not mandatory, approx. cost £17 for Athletic Union membership plus club fee and £7 for societies card plus society fee
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.