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Early Childhood Education (2 year route)
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons) (leading to QTS)

Early Childhood Education (2 year route)


If you are experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about working with children aged three to seven, this course will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

It gives you a clear understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One (KS1) curriculum and you will develop your knowledge of play-based learning, inclusion and current issues. You will undertake three different teaching placements and complete a major independent study in an area of particular interest to you.

We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.


At the start of the first year you will attend a two-day residential experience. The residential will focus on developing team working and problem solving skills, and is an opportunity to spend time getting to know other members of the course and team working skills.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
You are taught by specialist early years lecturers, allowing you to gain immediate insight and advice from experienced practitioners. We will prepare you for work, through teaching placements, reflective assignments and a mock interview.

You will undertake a series of teaching placements in schools to gain your Qualified Teacher Status. These will consist of two placements in Year 1 - a four week Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) placement and a four week Key Stage 1 placement; and a seven week placement in the second year in either the EYFS or Key Stage 1 age range.

We provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad including our unique Community & International Volunteering Programme, which will allow you to gain experience with children from a range of backgrounds, cultures and abilities.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
Play BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education - Katy Hall, graduate Video
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education - Katy Hall, graduate


Rafina Din


Rafina Din
Year 4 Teacher Miriam Lord Primary School

BA (Hons) Childhood in the Early Years (Top-Up)

“My degree taught me more than just how to teach fractions. It also taught me how to understand and deal with the challenges that can affect children outside the classroom. This rounded approach has really benefited my career and has made me a much more confident and reflective teacher.

Teaching and learning

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Core Modules
Personal & Professional Practice 1: The Role of the Teacher

Understanding the Early Years Foundation Stage: Curriculum & Pedagogy

Multi-Agency Practice for Children

Developing an Understanding of the Core Subjects at Key Stage 1

Foundation Subjects at Key Stage 1

Inclusive Practice 1: Special Educational Needs

Professional Practice 1

Core Modules
Current Issues in the Early Years

Personal & Professional Development 2: Teaching in the Broader Context

Developing Subject Knowledge & Understanding of the Core Subjects

Becoming a Subject Coordinator

Inclusive Practice 2: Meeting the Needs of English as an Additional Language Learners / Behaviour Management

Major Independent Study

Professional Practice 2

Beverley Keen
Bev Keen
Senior Lecturer
Bev is an experienced senior lecturer who teaches across a range of early childhood education modules. She has a particular interest in the use of the outdoor learning environment, both with children and students. Prior to working in higher education Bev taught children across the Reception to Year Six age range for 16 years and for four years she was involved in the North Yorkshire LEA research project on the use of dialogic talk within classrooms.
I'm most proud of seeing our students develop in confidence and become committed and passionate about the importance of early years education in children's lives.
Play BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education - Katy Hall, graduate Video
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education - Katy Hall, graduate

Fees & funding


  • School Practice Collection
    School Practice Collection

    Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.


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