Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Early Years

Develop the expertise to help give babies and young children the the best start in life within an early years childcare setting.

Early Years

Course Overview

  • UCAS code

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  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    19 Sep 2022

Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be an effective leader working with children, from birth up to the age of five, and their families.

As part of this course you’ll:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the early years of a child's life as the most crucial in their development
  • Combine a thorough academic grounding with practical experience
  • Learn to support a child’s learning, help to shape their identity and give them the best possible start in life
  • Explore a variety of issues relating to early years policy, practice and research
  • Understand the legal, business, financial and ethical aspects surrounding early years provision

You’ll develop the specialist skills to lead learning and development in an early years childcare setting. Your expertise combined with your leadership ability will enable you to follow your entrepreneurial ambition to create your own business in this field.

Our tutors are committed to helping you grow and will provide you with access to the latest research in teaching, learning and educational leadership.

You’ll hear from a range of guest speakers, each giving their own perspectives on current educational issues. Previous events have covered topics such as social work, employability and enterprise activity.

Visiting childcare providers in the area will give you the opportunity to learn about effective methods for operating a business and help you develop your own ideas and plans.

Teaching & Learning

To ensure that our assessments more accurately reflect working in the early years sector, we assess you in your modules using a variety of innovative approaches, such as through professional conversation, the creation of artefacts to use with children, or reporting on your completion of a sector-based intervention. 


Why study Early Years at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Placement opportunities
  2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  3. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals
  4. Dedicated pastoral care team
  5. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations
  6. Distinctive and creative programme that responds to the changes taking place in society

BA (Hons) Early Years - Student view Student Heather Simpson talks about her experience studying at Leeds Beckett University

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