Buckinghamshire New University
Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies BA (Hons)
Buckinghamshire New University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Health and Social Care

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Childhood and Youth Studies at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £30000 £28500 £32000
25-75 percentile range £27000 - £32000 £19500 - £32500 £23500 - £37500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Health and Social Care

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20219 £18747 £21015
25-75 percentile range £16700 - £24572 £13419 - £24171 £14765 - £27520

Course Description

Have you always been fascinated by how children learn and experience childhood? Are you passionate about their emotional wellbeing, development and rights?

If so, our BA (Hons) Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies course could be for you. You’ll develop into a thoughtful and flexible practitioner, acting as an amazing advocate for young children. You’ll benefit from practical work placements, smaller classroom sizes and one on one support.

Why study this subject? How children learn and experience childhood has never been more important in education, together with a whole host of other areas including emotional wellbeing, safeguarding and the rights of the child.

Our Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies course could lead you into primary age teacher training via School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Early Years Initial Teacher Training, or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You could also choose to progress into a leadership role in early years, social work, special needs, play therapy, special needs, charities and international development work.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? By studying with us, you'll develop the deep insight and knowledge you need to become a valued and trusted support for the children and families you work with in your future career.

It’s important to us that we provide you with not only the academic theory but also the practical experience you’ll need to step into your future confidently.

Our lecturers are experts and have rich experiences to share that will make your learning come to life. They're all former practitioners themselves meaning they can tell you all about the realities of working with children in different settings. It also means that what you learn in the classroom will always be linked to real-life practice.

Our intimate student community and friendly teaching team on this course makes studying at BNU unique. You’ll always have someone there to talk to and share your experiences with.

Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and work with front-line professionals who will understand exactly what you’re going through. They can help prepare you to feel confident and resilient for whatever path you choose beyond graduation.

What will I study? This course is designed to prepare you to become a confident and impactful member of the Early Years and Primary workforce.

We'll work hard to develop your knowledge and understanding of how young children learn and develop in areas like play, school-based learning, emotional wellbeing, and importantly their place within family and society.

The mental health and wellbeing of children is a core theme within this course and is where we’ll cover the difficult but important topic of supporting them through loss and grief.

At BNU, your future career is always at the heart of everything we do. This programme will give you the opportunity to develop important employability and transferable skills, so you'll feel well prepared for the world of work.

How will I be taught and assessed? You’ll be taught through classroom learning, lectures, group discussions and seminars. These teaching formats will enable you to learn from your tutors and reflect on your experiences with your course mates. This sharing of experiences is seen as an important part of your development in this course to prepare you for becoming a reflective practitioner in your future career.

We assess your work in a number of different ways to reflect the different learning styles our students have. You’ll work on essays, literature reviews, reports and reflective assignments, and be given the opportunity to show your creative side through collages, storyboards and poster presentations.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University

55% Welfare Professionals
15% Caring personal services
5% Administrative occupations
5% Health associate professionals
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 104 - 128. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £14250 year 1
International £14250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of Buckinghamshire New University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University, also known as Bucks, was founded in 1893, in the town of High Wycombe, South East England. This university has chosen to divide its academic offerings into seven separate schools, which is reflected in that learning resources such as libraries are located in their relevant areas to reduce crowding and also increase the ease of looking for the materials the student needs. Bucks has been the recipient of numerous awards, among which we can find the Silver Award from TEF.

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High Wycombe Campus
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