Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons) (X302, X301, X300)


Coventry University

Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 55%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury 40% 40%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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Working with children on educational and personal development is considered one of the most rewarding careers available.

Focusing on development between ages 0-8, this course aims to produce graduates who will raise the quality standard within the early year’s provision by providing training that meets the holistic needs of young children.

Success in this field demands creativity, empathy, logic and a great deal of knowledge alongside the ability to draw upon life experiences. As no two days are the same in this industry, this course focuses on policies, processes, best practices and practical learning to help you understand the key fundamentals of child development.

Why CU London

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.


Course information

The Early Childhood Development & Learning Degree has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required by the industry to develop a career in The Early Years sector, or undertake postgraduate specialist study.


Year one

With a child-centred approach, this year is designed to introduce the key concepts and principles within childhood development and learning. Setting the framework for both academic and professional skills, you will gain an understanding of factors that impact upon learning and development from both individual needs to environmental influences for children between the ages of 0 to 8 years. Within the first year you will be introduced to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), alongside a number of other international curricula. Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Early Childhood Development & Learning.

  • Collaborative and Supportive Relationships in Early Years
  • Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing
  • The Child and the Family
  • Learning and Developing Through Play

Year two

As the course progresses, the programme continues to build on knowledge gained in year one to cement a solid foundation of core principles. Critical appraisal of childhood perception is introduced, alongside evaluations of diversity in development methods. You will analyse the role of statutory guidance for early year’s practice and legislation. Finally, students delve into the global arena, interacting with students from international universities such as Copenhagen University to understand global methods. Students who complete year two are awarded a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Early Childhood Development & Learning.

  • Early Years Curriculum and Practice
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Child Development
  • Principles and Practices across Literacy and Numeracy Learning
  • Researching Children and Families

Placement year

Sandwich and placement years give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the workplace. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year, this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Final year

In the final year, students enter the arena of cultural diversification and management, delving into international perspectives of children. You’ll explore family structures and different environments, analysing and understanding diverse ethnic backgrounds and educational differences. You will be trained at an executive level, learning the skills required to successfully manage a nursery, including key components such as the recruitment of staff and the Management of Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) requirements. Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Development & Learning.

  • International Perspectives of the Child
  • Leadership and Management of an Early Years Environment
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Research Project

Why choose this course?

If you are excited at the prospect of making a positive difference to young children and their development, our degree will enable you to learn all about the personal, analytical and management skills needed to have a successful career within the early years sector and beyond.


You’ll be based in the spacious Civic Centre building, which provides an outstanding learning environment. You will have access to our Library & Learning Services, fully equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites. Our laboratories are home to industry-standard equipment, so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals.


This course has been developed and is taught by practising professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom with many continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.

Practical Experience

Throughout your studies, you will find that the course is underpinned with practical elements.

Study themes

Your main study themes are:

Working in early years settings

You will examine the legislation, safeguarding, health and safety, team working and management involved in childhood development. You will also develop an understanding of managing and leading in an early years setting.

Collaborative working and positive relationships with children

You will look at the role of multi-agency working and positive supportive relationships with children. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the range of education, health and welfare provision to promote children’s health and wellbeing and continue to develop their awareness of the role of team and partnership working.

Values and principles working with children and families

You will develop an understanding of the effective practice with children and families. You will also explore researching children and families and ethical considerations.

The social context of the child

You will cover the historical, national and international context of childhood. You will also develop a critical appreciation and reflect on societal influences on how childhood is constructed and analyse how this impacts on healthy childhood development and wellbeing. 

How you'll be taught

This course is available as a full-time three year or optional four-year sandwich course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field. Alternatively, part-time study is also available and with our Saturday University programme, this course can be completed in as little as three years. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.


How much does it cost?

Full-time course is: £7,301 (per year) 

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