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Undergraduate Pathway in Education

Birmingham City University (BCU) has a dedicated School of Education and Social Work with a long and established history.

BCU is ranked 23rd in the UK for Childhood & Youth Studies (Complete University Guide 2024).

Teaching is based around a strong commitment to social justice and advocating for the rights of babies and young children.


  • Two semesters


  • September
  • January

Entry Points

  • Foundation or International Year One

Progression Degrees

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (with Graduate Practitioner Competencies)

You will develop the skills, knowledge and experience to work effectively in meeting the needs of babies and young children from 0 to 8 years old. Placement opportunities are available across all three years of the degree and can include the following:

  • Early years settings (nurseries)
  • Primary schools
  • Health and social care sectors (i.e. hospitals or home visits).

Find out more: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (with Graduate Practitioner Competencies)

A day in the life of an early childhood student at Birmingham City University

Programme Details

Foundation Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

Throughout this module, you will learn the academic skills needed for success at a UK university, such as:

  • Time management
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Appropriate language styles
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Researching and referencing techniques.

Business Studies

You will learn to define what a business is and its functions in relation to the different types of business costs. You will also be introduced to marketing, the marketing mix and product life cycle.

ICT Skills

This module will introduce you to the concepts of ICT skills, including applications and reporting mechanisms.

Numerical Techniques 1

This module will introduce you to basic mathematics and mathematical applications – including equations, algebraic problems and trigonometry.

Design Concepts

This module will introduce you to design, the importance of design and the fundamentals of technical drawing.

Composition and Style

This module will define the core principles of effective academic writing, including:

  • How to argue a position coherently and appropriately
  • Distinguishing between descriptive and analytic writing
  • Identifying academic systems of researching and referencing.

Biology 1

This module covers some of the fundamental aspects of biology, including:

  • The principles of homeostasis and how this is regulated
  • The principles of nutrition, enzymatic digestion and absorption
  • The physiology of blood and the circulatory system.

Mass Communications

This module will introduce you to the core concepts and principles relevant to mass communications, including some of the major theories.

International Year One Modules

You will be studying BCU modules together with direct BCU students. For information on the modules, check the BCU course page for your chosen degree.

In addition to the BCU modules, you will study Interactive Learning Skills and Communication with BCUIC.

Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting academic and English language requirements, you must have a Criminal Record Check OR a letter of good conduct from the local authorities in your home country before an unconditional offer can be issued.

Career Prospects

  • Nursery Manager
  • Play Therapist
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Family Support Worker
  • Teaching Assistant

Industry-standard Facilities

Birmingham City School of Education and Social Work is based on the City South Campus, walking distance from the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Take a look at where you will be studying and the facilities available to you.

Our Facilities – City South Campus
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