University of Derby
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
University of Derby

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 30 graduates of Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) at University of Derby for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Childhood and Youth Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
100 /100
30 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


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 £21000 £21500 £23000
25-75 percentile range £17000 - £23500 £15500 - £28000 £17000 - £30500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Health and Social Care

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21429 £18747 £21015
25-75 percentile range £17440 - £25832 £13419 - £24171 £14765 - £27520

Course Description

In this Early Childhood Studies degree, you’ll explore how children develop, learn and think from birth to eight years, and gain the professional skills and knowledge you need to make a real difference to their lives.


If you want to work in health, education or social care, Early Childhood Studies gives you an excellent start. Last year, over 98% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of finishing. That’s in part due to the practical experience you’ll amass on this degree – for one or two days each week you’ll be on placement.


If you want to build up a thorough understanding of early childhood and gain practical experience to take into a range of early years’ settings (nurseries, children’s centres etc) then it’s definitely for you.


As well as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you will be working with children on placement every week and learning through practice, observation and reflection.


You will have the chance to apply for an international placement. If you are successful, you could spend four weeks in Milan, working in a pre-school and living with a local family.


This Early Childhood Studies degree is recognised by the Department for Education and the industry, so it opens doors to roles in the independent, private, public or voluntary sectors. Alternatively, if you decide you’d like to train as a teacher after graduating from this course, you will be guaranteed an interview for our PGCE Primary, providing you meet the entry requirements.


BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year

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 Studies BA (Hons) at University of Derby

35% Caring personal services
25% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Sales occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Sports and fitness occupations
5% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Early Childhood 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 Studies BA (Hons)

EU £14900 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £14900 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, 2025

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)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Derby in top UK and global rankings.

See all 20 university rankings of University of Derby

About University of Derby

The University of Derby is a publicly owned university located in the city of Derby, England. The university’s main campus is in Allestree, a suburbian zone in Derby itself, and is situated directly opposite the popular Markeaton Park where many students enjoy going for a walk in their free time.

List of 218 Bachelor and Master Courses from University of Derby - Course Catalogue

Student composition of University of Derby

  • A place called home: Living with the University of Derby
  • University of Derby - You all make a difference
  • Tyra Tucker - International Relations and Diplomacy Student
  • Derby Uni Vlogger - Tamzin Lena- 10 reasons feedback is important
  • Tamzin's favourite places to visit in Derby city
  • What inspired me to study Zoology/Biology

Where is this programme taught

Main Site
map marker Show on map

Similar courses

Program University Student satis­faction Unem­ployed Drop­out Tuition (UK) Tuition (Inter­national) UCAS Tariff City
Psychology and Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Bishop Grosseteste University - - - £9250 £12690 - Lincoln On campus Full-time
Childhood BA (Hons) University of Suffolk 69% 5% 5% £9250 £13992 123 Ipswich On campus Full-time
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Middlesex University - - - £9250 £15100 - London On campus Full-time
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) University of Hull - - - £9250 £15400 - Hull On campus Full-time
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Liverpool John Moores University 88% 3% 17% £9250 £15600 137 Liverpool On campus Full-time
Childhood Studies with Quantitative Research Methods BSc (Hons) University of Bristol - - - £9250 £23900 - Bristol On campus Full-time
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Bishop Grosseteste University - - - £9250 £12690 - Lincoln On campus Full-time
Education, Culture and Childhood BA (Hons) The University of Sheffield 73% 5% 9% £9250 £22680 165 Sheffield On campus Full-time
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) London Metropolitan University - - - £9250 £17600 - London On campus Full-time
Childhood Studies BA (Hons) University of the West of Scotland - - - £9250 £15250 - Paisley On campus Full-time