Bath Spa University

Education (Early Childhood Studies)

- Explores constructions of childhood

- In-depth study of children from birth to eight

- Foregrounds ethical, cultural and social perspectives of early childhood

Early Childhood Studies education is globally recognised as being crucial for laying the foundations for lifelong learning and development, as critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in a child's early years.

During the course you'll develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn in social and cultural contexts. You'll be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives that will encompass
a critical analysis of the cultural construction of childhood.

The course incorporates modules which will enhance your skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.

Governments worldwide are now making early childhood education a priority and increasing their investment in provision for young children. You'll acquire specialist expertise in an area of education that is rapidly expanding and opening up new career opportunities.

Entry requirements

Students need to have a Bachelor's degree from a recognised higher education institution. The content and subject matter of the degree is open. For overseas, non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

Course modules

Modules include education and society; early childhood: education, culture and society; perspectives of outdoor play; research methods in social science, dissertation.

Assessment methods

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 1 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 2 2 Years

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