University of Chichester

University of Chichester

Early Years Professional Practice

This course offers a flexible and responsive approach to meeting the continuing profesional development (CPD) requirements of employers and practitioners. It addresses current agendas for flexible, practice focused and work based post-qualifying training. The structure allows students to receive academic recognition for existing knowledge and skills, work-based learning, or modules taken at other institutions.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in a related area. It is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard academic requirements, but may still be desirable course members with other appropriate and equivalent skills and knowledge. In such cases the applicant may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) or accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

Course modules

Phase 1 (PgCert) modules: child development; leadership and pedagogy; legal and policy framework. Phase 2 (PgDip) modules: advanced critical analysis and decision making; how to conduct research. Phase 2 (PgDip) optional modules: advanced practice in working with risk; mentoring; developing resilience; critical review of practice theory; portfolio of academic and professional learning development. Phase 3 (MA): dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on the completion of a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time - 3 years
PgCert Part-time - 3 years
PgDip Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bishop Otter Campus Chichester PO19 6PE South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01243 816408