Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Early Childhood Professional Studies

This course is for people who want to advance their knowledge of young children's learning and development. Through studying this course, students will enhance their understanding of early childhood education and care, from birth to 8 years and will give students the opportunity to look in greater depth at aspects of young children's lives and examine current policies and professional practices. The course is designed for people who are working with young children (for example, foundation stage teachers, graduates working in children's centres, or other early years practitioners) and for college lecturers in childcare and education who would like to study further to extend their professional development. The department also welcomes parents, volunteers, and others with a personal interest in this interesting and important subject.

Entry requirements

A degree, with Honours, at a minimum final classification of 2.2 or equivalent. If English is not the 1st language applicants are expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (academic level) or equivalent English language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Exceptional entry may be offered to professionals who have an equivalent to the above through extensive professional experience (in these circumstances an entry task may apply). Current DBS certificate (desirable) - prospective students without current DBS clearance can access the course but will not be able to conduct fieldwork or research in schools or other early years settings.

Course modules

Core modules: early childhood: principles, practice and professionalism (30 credits); investigating education through research (30 credits); major project (60 credits). Optional modules: specialist studies in early childhood education and care (30 credits); professional enquiry for early childhood (30 credits); national and international policy perspectives (30 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via different types of presentations and written assignments. Collaborative group work and peer review are key elements of most modules. For each 30-credit module there is an assessment of up to 8,000 words (or equivalent). The major project is usually a written research report of 18,000 words. There are no examinations on this course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 2,925 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 5,850 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgCert Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Full-time - 12 months
Part-time - 2 years
Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Chelmsford Campus Chelmsford CM1 1SQ South East

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Anglia Ruskin University
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01245 686868