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BA Honours Early Childhood Studies

BA Honours Early Childhood Studies

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3 years full time
Full time

The BA Honours 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.

Why Study BA Honours Early Childhood Studies?

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 Studies programme is designed to meet these goals. This is achieved, in the first place, by ensuring that your learning process is not based on passive assimilation of knowledge but is one where you participate actively in interpretation, evaluation and application of knowledge. Secondly, in addition to the knowledge component, Early Childhood Studies encourages you to identify and articulate your personal competencies and creates opportunities for your further development. The programme also maintains effective working links with the Careers and Employability Service, who if you need assistance with finding internships and work placements during this programme and in the future, will happily oblige. Early Years is a growth area within the region and demand for highly skilled, competent practitioners is on the increase.

Note: This is the only Early Childhood Studies UG Degree available in the UAE for all students

Course Fees : AED 157,500

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. The Early Childhood programme is designed to meet these goals by ensuring that your learning progressive is one not based on passive assimilation of knowledge but is one where you participate actively in the interpretation, evaluation and application of knowledge. The programme also maintains effective links with our Careers and Employability Service.  

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Year 1

    • Approaches to Learning (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The study of a selection of learning theories to encourage understanding of learning processes of children and adults, including their application to yourself as a learner. This module includes an exploration of influences and impact of parents, schools and wider social influences on development, educational experiences and achievement.

    • Early Childhood Development (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module allows you to observe young children, using different observational techniques, and recognise key milestones achieved in the developing child. Ethical considerations involved with observing young children are examined and key learning and child development theories applied and evaluated. A holistic approach to observing young children is taken

    • Reflective Professional Practice in Early Years (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      A consideration of the historical, social and global context of the child within the family and community will lead to an evaluation of the influence of social policy on children and families. Critical discussion and debate will explore key issues regarding contextualised childhoods and the role of reflective early years professionals in promoting equality, and safeguarding children. Professional identity, accountability and impact will be reflected on and critiqued at a micro and macro level. An analysis of policy impact in educational and care settings will be evaluated to consider approaches and professional impact towards behaviour management and the safeguarding of children.

    • Infant Health and Well-being (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of factors contributing to infant health and well-being. You will examine theories of attachment and consider cross-cultural practices aimed at promoting attachment relationships and supporting early development. The module will enable you to evaluate the impact of early intervention strategies, policies and practices to provide support for parents/carers in meeting the health and well-being needs of babies and very young children.

  • Year 2

    • Researching Lives: Social Investigation in the Contemporary World (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The driving force behind this module is the idea that knowledge and skills of social research are today of fundamental importance in virtually all professions, but especially within the fields of education and early childhood. Therefore, the module encourages and trains you to go beyond the simply learning research skills and to engage with research critically and reflectively in your daily life.

    • Social Perspectives on Childhood (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module presents a variety of concepts of childhood and early years education across history and culture. By applying the most influential social theories of childhood developed in the 20th and 21st centuries, the module analyses the relationships between the social contexts and contemporary issues for EY practice, such as child’s well-being and achievement. The module reviews the political and cultural background of policies that aim to address inequality, promote children’s right and support educational achievement, engaging you in exploring the role of the child in a multicultural society.

    • Comparative and International Education (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module examines education systems across a range of cultures and countries and compares them with the English system. Issues such as teacher training, gender, access to free education and the impact of globalisation will be considered. The value of comparing and classifying education systems in diverse settings will also be discussed.

    • Curriculum Studies 0-7 Years (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Year 3

    • Leadership and Management in Early Years Settings (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an in-depth insight into the role of management and leadership in the context of Early Years. This entails the development of current initiatives, leadership and management theory, the legal framework and working with change. The role of key professionals within statutory, voluntary and independent services who are working with young children and their families is analysed. Also, the advantages and barriers to working in multidisciplinary teams are critically evaluated.

    • Dissertation Module for Early Childhood Studies (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This is a small piece of detailed research of an existing field within early childhood, relevant to research in an early childhood setting. Organise and manage a small scale research investigation with insight, demonstrating skillful use of research tools and responsibility and display critical judgement in relating these to the wider educational and social context. Present a research report following generic academic conventions. It can be general research or Practitioner Enquiry. Practitioner Enquiry is suitable for those who are in an appropriate placement where you hold a fairly stable role within the organisation as it includes a self-reflective report related to work roles and responsibilities.

    • Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module looks at special educational needs, disability and inclusion in education and concentrates on the definitions of learning difficulty and disability and the extent to which parents, pupils and students with Special Needs and Disabilities have access to the same educational opportunities as others.

    • Children's Literature (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To define children's literature, examine its categories, and acquaint students with an historical and international range of works. To critically review, consolidate and extend practical working knowledge of a wide range of literature for children and children's literature criticism. To examine texts closely, testing the value of diverse genres such as picture book arts and theoretical reading strategies. To develop enthusiasm and informed experience. To explore the use of literature in the classroom/library.

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:

  • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
  • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% overall
  • British A-Levels: minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of C,C,C (three subjects) or with A*B, A A (two subjects)
  • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required

  • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
  • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme 

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).

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

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

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 3

Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

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“

For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on

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:

  • Early Years/Nursery Teacher    
  • Primary Teacher  (teaching qualification required)
  • Early Years Specialist/Adviser (in the government sector)
  • Training Co-ordinator
  • Play Development Worker / Play Therapist
  • Family Support Worker / Social Worker
  • Hospital Play Specialist
  • Speech & Language Therapist

Please be aware that BA Honours Early Childhood Studies is not a qualifying teaching degree. Students who wish to become Primary Teachers will require a teaching qualification.

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. 

What our students say

Polly Aktar
BA Early Childhood Studies

Polly Aktar 

"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."

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