"The development, care and education of young children"
The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme is for those interested in the development, care and education of young children. The programme is concerned with ideas and practices that are drawn from many disciplines: history, psychology, philosophy, sociology, law and management all of which contribute to the field of childcare and education. As undergraduates you are generally introduced to the study of each of these distinctive disciplines, within the context of examining childcare and education policies and procedures, teaching, caring, training and learning.
Your judgements and conclusions are required to be grounded on relevant evidence and informed argument. The programme is studied over three years full-time, with the completion of four modules per academic year. The modules will be assessed by examination and submission of coursework assignments. In year 3 students will undertake a research module, alongside three other modules, which will culminate in a thesis submission and provide honours classification of their degree.
Note: This is the only Early Childhood Studies UG Degree available in the UAE for all students
The BA Honours Early Childhood Studies programme will cover many areas of study including: history, psychology, sociology, leadership and management, curriculum studies and child development. Many employers are increasingly expecting higher education to ensure that students graduate not only with a qualification, but also a broad understanding of the social issues in the real world, a well-developed battery of personal transferable skills (including communication, problem-solving and teamwork) and a coherent sense of personal values to which they are committed. The Early Childhood programme is designed to meet these goals, by ensuring that your learning process is one not based on passive assimilation of knowledge but is one where you participate actively in the interpretation, evaluation and application of knowledge. In addition to the knowledge component, Early Childhood Studies encourages you to identify and articulate your personal competencies and creates opportunities for further development. The programme also maintains effective links with the Careers Advisory Service.
You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of early childhood including child development, comparative education, the early years professional, children’s literature, policy and legislation through attendance at lectures, seminars and workshops and supplement this with your own independent study. Lectures may be interactive and are designed to stimulate thinking and facilitate understanding. Seminars are small group discussions which you will need to prepare for in advance. In seminars you will be required to do some reading or research, so that you can apply this knowledge in a practical setting involving debates, discussions and the presentation of you own thoughts and ideas. Workshops are used to enhance a range of skills and focus on specific areas of expertise, for example you might explore the importance of play in childhood by playing and observing. There will be group work and teambuilding activities, which will help to develop your communication, problem solving and reflective skills.
The different modules will also cover research techniques and you will be actively involved in researching for information and reviewing secondary materials including journal articles, academic databases and government websites. In your third year you will have the opportunity to do your own research into an aspect of early childhood and develop this into your dissertation. The course also includes interaction with industry experts through various events and the chance to network with a range of guest speakers from the early years profession.
We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:
Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes
***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).
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All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
English Language Test
6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)
72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)
Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:
(as a first or second language)
Grade C or Higher
CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards
Minimum grade of 70% in English
Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)
West African/Nigerian Curriculum
Minimum grade “C6“
Early Childhood Studies can lead to a range of careers in early year’s education across management, administration and research within a wide range of educational settings, as well as training organisations, charities, parents’ advisory-support groups, local authorities, health authorities, charities, housing associations and day nurseries. It is also the ideal foundation to becoming an early year’s teacher through completing a postgraduate qualification. This unique degree can offer an entry route into many of the different career paths identified below:
The Middlesex Early Childhood Studies programme has strong industry links and has an advisory board made up of specialists from the area of Early Years, including nursery managers, psychologists, child development experts and specialist practitioners and trainers. This board will be working with us to keep us up to date with current trends and legislation in this field, which will culminate in additional opportunities for our undergraduates.
BA Early Childhood Studies
"I always knew I wanted to work with children. I've found that this course has provided me with a good background to ideas and practices that are taken from various disciplines such as psychology, history, law and management. The course also enabled me to take part in a nursery-based placement and I enjoyed every minute of it!
"I am eager to pursue a career as a primary school teacher. I've applied to do the PGCE (Primary Education) with Middlesex and have received a conditional offer. All the tutors are extremely supportive and have been helping me to pass the Skills test which is a requirement for the PGCE. The Early Childhood Studies course has made my desire to become a teacher even stronger and I've already been recommending Middlesex University to other people."