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  • Local: $ 9.55k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    The Early Childhood Studies degree is designed for anyone wanting to work with or for children and/or their families. The primary focus is children from birth to eight years but it also covers conception through to when a child is approximately eleven years of age (the natural completion of the primary education stage). A holistic philosophy permeates the programme.

    All students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with young children through voluntary and/or paid employment.

    The Early Childhood Studies degree takes a multi-disciplinary approach and offers a fascinating and stimulating course of academic study. This means it includes educational, health, welfare, psychological, sociological, legal, philosophical, political and economic perspectives. It therefore enables students on graduating to go into a range of careers including Primary Teacher Training, Family Support and Social Work, Nursing and related disciplines, Early Years settings and Early Years Professional Status, Post-graduate study.

    The excellent reputation of the Early Childhood Studies degree programme continues to place UCS in the forefront of developments and initiatives in this now established discipline.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline UK or any other EU country - 15 January ; International - 30 June Tuition fee
    • EUR 9550 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 12530 Year (Non-EEA)

    UK/EU Fees Students starting at UCS from September 2012 will be charged £8000 for a full-time Bachelors degree or £7500 for a full-time Foundation degree. Tuition fees for full-time International Study: Classroom-based 10,500 GBP (£) Laboratory-based 12,600 GBP (£)

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

    Course Content

    Content and Modules

    All modules generate either 20 or 40 credits as stated below. Students must gain 120 credits at each level to progress to the next level.

    At Level 4, emphasis is placed on ensuring a sound knowledge of principles underpinning key subject areas and the development of key skills. The main teaching methods are lectures, group work, seminars and individual activities.

    At Level 5, students are expected to develop an enquiring attitude to their studies and should corroborate or challenge assertions made. They will be taking more responsibility for their own learning through extended personal reading and wider ranging module tasks. The main teaching methods are as in the first year, with the addition of presentations and discussion/debate. There is an increasing expectation that students will contribute actively to learning through reading and student-led seminars.

    At Level 6, Honours level, students are required to take major responsibility for their own learning, exhibiting autonomy and contribution to the development of peer learning through seminar presentations and self directed activities. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing the ability to critically analyse and evaluate information from a range of sources and in a variety of formats, in order to draw conclusions.

    Modules Studied

    First year modules

    • Perspectives of Childhood (core) 40 credits
    • Development and Learning (core) 40 credits
    • Children & Social Policy (core) 20 credits
    • Children & Health (core) 20 credits

    Second year modules

    • Safeguarding Children (core) 20 credits
    • Research Methods in Early Childhood (core) 40 credits
    • Practitioner Options* (option) 40 credits
    • Social Psychology and Children (option) 20 credits
    • Childrens Health & Wellbeing (option) 20 credits
    • Play and Learning (option)20 credits
    • Childrens Geographies (option) 20 credits
    • Diploma Project (option) DipHE students only 20 credits

    *certain pre-requisites necessary - The Practitioner Options module offers students the opportunity to work alongside professional practitioners and gain practical competences mapped to National Occupational Standards.

    Third year modules

    • International Perspectives on Health & Education (core) 40 credits
    • Dissertation (core) 40 credits
    • Early Childhood Intervention (option) 20 credits
    • Communication and Creativity (option) 20 credits
    • Management in Early Year Contexts (option) 20 credits
    • The Politics of Childhood (option) 20 credits
    • Dissertation additional assignment (available to part-time students only) (option) 20 credits

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

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    English language requirements

    All students need to be able to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English. Students whose first language is not English will need to take a recognised English Language test in advance of commencing a course at UCS and before the Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) letter is issued for visa purposes.
    UCS accepts a range of English qualifications, with the following standards required:
    IELTS (academic version): 6.0 for all degrees, apart from Diagnostic Radiography,Radiotherapy and Oncology, ODP and all Pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery courses that require 7.0. Postgraduate courses generally require between 6.5 and 7.0.
    TOEFL: 550 on paper-based test; 213 on computer-based test; or 79-80 on the internet-based test for all degrees
    Pearson Test of English Academic - Minimum score of 50 is required
    Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Grade C; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grade B
    GCE O-level or GCSE English Language/Use of English: Grade C
    Test in English for Educational Purposes (TEEP) International Baccalaureate English Grade B (standard level).
    Hong Kong Certificate of English Education

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University Campus Suffolk.


    National Scholarship Programme

    As part of the new student finance system, students with households incomes under £25,000 per year will benefit from a new National Scholarship Programme. This new scheme is targeted towards students who most need financial help.
    The National Scholarship is funded jointly by the Government and Universities. UCS has been awarded a number of National Scholarships which students can apply for Suffolk Access Champion Scheme
    The Suffolk Access Champion Scheme will be open to eligible students currently studying at a Suffolk State Sixth form, College or Academy, and applying to study at UCS on a full-time undergraduate degree programme in 2012-13.
    The Suffolk Access Champion will work over two years mentoring Year 10 and 11 students to encourage progression on to higher education.

    Scholarships for international students

    UCS offers a generous scholarship scheme for all undergraduate students paying international fees.
    All international students that are offered and have firmly accepted a place on a full-time undergraduate Foundation or Honours degree course at UCS by the 30 September for the year of entry, will be eligible for a scholarship of £1,000 per year for the duration of their course. This scholarship will be awarded each year once annual fees have been paid in full.
    Please note that any international students accepted on a course that requires a practice placement with a Primary Care Trust, for example Nursing, Midwifery or Radiography, will incur an additional £3000 fee per each year of study (this excludes all British Islands students except the Falkland Islands).

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