Understand how education shapes the development of younger children with our BA in Early Childhood Studies.
We know that as someone holding an offer with us at Middlesex, you’re probably wondering about our plans for teaching and learning in the autumn. We’re delighted to tell you that our Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies Programmes are running this September and we’re putting everything in place so you can make a successful start to your studies. For your first term, we're planning to teach you through a mix of online or virtual and face to face methods. This means we can keep everyone safe until we are able to return to the campus.
Our course has been specifically designed to make young children the focus. We think it’s important to understand how an increasingly global world impacts early childhood development and education. That’s why on this course you'll gain knowledge from interconnected disciplines including sociology, psychology, law, health, and management. Our highly experienced tutors will help you to learn, understand, and apply the material from this course. A BA in Early Childhood Studies can lead to a career in education, childhood development, children’s charities, and many more. Graduates have found careers as teaching assistants, child development officers and more.
We’re proud to be in the top 250 in the world for Education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).
One of the most important aspects of completing your early childhood studies is gaining usable and transferable skills. That’s why our course ensures you learn and participate actively in the interpretation, evaluation, and application of knowledge through engagement in individual, group, and e-learning activities.
You'll be assessed on a mixture of essays, presentations, reports, and a dissertation that showcases your personal interests and research, as well as the opportunity to take part in work experience in an early education or other relevant educational setting. A work placement allows you to get the hands-on experience you need, as well as building that network of contacts that will help you in your career. You’ll also receive help in identifying the best career route or postgraduate programme for your future.
We ensure every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.
We also help you to identify the ideal career route or postgraduate programme and support you to plan a successful future
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Students completing this course may seek employment as Level 6 Graduate Early Childhood Practitioners in nurseries, nursery schools and preschools; or apply for the PGCE/QTS Training in Education (Primary and Early Years).
Alternatively, graduates may seek careers in Special Educational Needs support services, unqualified teaching positions in independent and free schools, teaching assistant roles in Primary and Higher Education, Local Authority Education administration, Parenting Support or other Social Work programmes.
Others seeking a more academic or research route may continue to develop their careers studying for Masters programmes, including our own MA in ‘Education and Childhood in Diverse Societies’, or take up work as research assistants.
Please note, the Early Childhood Studies degree is not a direct route to Qualified Teacher Status.
Lynette Morris is a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Education and Early Childhood. Lynette is a Qualified Primary Teacher with extensive practice experience with 2-8 years. She is a contributor and reviewer for leading international peer-reviewed journals.
Angela Scollan is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Education and Early Childhood. Angela had a long career within the early years sector in practice, Ofsted Inspection, and consultancy. She is a leading advocate, speaker, and author on children’s rights and self-determination.
Jaqueline Harding is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Education and Early Childhood. Jacqueline is an author of best-selling books for children and adults, and is internationally known as a leading child development expert and media presenter.
Early Childhood Studies BA graduate
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.