The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

Why choose this course?

The Childhood Studies degree with EYTS will develop your skills and knowledge required to work with children, their families and the services that support them whilst meeting the Early years Teachers’ Standards. The course will draw on a range of disciplines such as history, psychology, education, sociology, welfare and social policy.

The course is suitable for people new to this area or experienced staff searching for career development. The course takes account of the ecology of children’s lives in studying the complexities of family life and of children’s development from birth to five. You will also explore the significance of childhood across cultures and societies and how this links to your placement experiences.

Placements are an integral part of the course (120 days in total as well as two weeks in key stage 1) and will be in three different settings demonstrating the Early Years teachers’ Standards within each age group, babies, 0-18mths, toddlers 18mths to 3yrs and pre-school 3-5yrs . The course will consider theory in relation to the implications for practice and enable you to evaluate and develop appropriate pedagogical approaches to work with children and their families and to consider ethical principles and high quality practice and reflecting on this in meeting the Early Years Teachers’ Standards.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy through use of a range of on-line tools, such as virtual learning environments and e-portfolios and you are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with your ideas.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • This course involves placements at every level of study with children ranging from birth to five.
  • The teaching team are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, local authorities, social work, adult education and youth work and are all actively involved in research and writing.
  • Members of the Childhood Studies team are all active researchers in an area of childhood studies. For example, the experience of part time students, teachers' perspectives in primary education of government agendas and comparative education and the role of the adult with pre-school settings.

Career path

Successful completion of this course leads to a childhood studies degree and a National College for Teaching and Leadership status to work with children birth to five in a range of settings.

Further study could lead to, social work, health education, early year’s management, children’s information services, play services and community/ family support work. You could also choose to apply for a Master’s Degree in Social Work or Education or undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Education.

You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Applicants must have GCSE English, Maths and a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science) at grade C level or above (or equivalent). If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department for clarification.


220 UCAS points.


  • BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma grade MMM; BTEC (QCF) Diploma DD; BTEC National (NQF) MMM
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) grade C
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care & Education grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma in Teaching and Learning or Education full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

Other Requirements:

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 and beyond are required to have passed the Professional Skills Tests before the deadline of 31st July 2015.

Further information is available via the following link:

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach, medical check and prohibition order check requirements

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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