Course Information

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies from Stranmillis University College; validated by Queen’s University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 14 September 2021
Day: Tuesday
Time: 15:30–21:00
Duration: 4 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 5
Total Hours: 150
Fee: 1180
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator:


*Applications must be made to Stranmillis directly before 31st March on year of entry.* This is a four year part-time course aimed at those interested in a career in Early Years. The theoretical training establishes and develops the skills necessary to cope with the challenges of supporting, caring for and educating young children in a professional environment. A work based element forms an integral part of the degree and graduates will be highly qualified with a sound, practical and theoretical training.

Additional Information

Applications to this programme are made via the Stranmillis University College website :

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Students are required to meet programme regulations with regards to progression between years.
  • The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    The BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies is based on the concept of 'Educare'. It aims to both investigate and further advance a multi-professional approach within the Early Years services in Northern Ireland and beyond. This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as an Early Years Practitioner / Manager.

    Core Modules

    The modules offered will address broad areas such as: Understanding the Child, The Child in the Learning Context; and the Child in the Family and Community. Specific modules include: Childhood in Society; Children's Health and well-being; Foundations in Social and Developmental Learning; Child Development; Children's Learning Intentions; Early Years Curriculum; Management, Leadership and Professionalism; Research Methods; Partnership With Children and Families; International Perspectives; and Dissertation.

    Optional Modules

    Examples of optional units studied include:

  • Early years intervention;
  • Advanced Social and Developmental Learning;
  • and Advanced Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Assessment Method

    Learners will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Reflective Practice Portfolio (RPP);
  • Examinations;
  • Presentations;
  • Practical;
  • Seminars;
  • Reflective Diaries/Logs;
  • and / Reports.
  • Progression Opportunities

    The degree provides the essential knowledge and experience for those working with young children in a variety of establishments and contexts. Graduates can pursue further study at both Postgraduate Diploma and Master's level in the fields of Early Childhood Studies, Play Therapy and provides a foundation for entry to postgraduate study to gain qualified teacher status, including the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Years).

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of QUB: A LEVEL BBB BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA DDD – Not all BTEC Extended Diplomas are considered, please check with Academic Registry, Stranmillis. ACCESS COURSE Successful completion with an overall grade of 65%. CACHE EXTENDED DIPLOMA Grade B – Childcare, Learning and Development IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE H3H3H3H3H4H4 to include English and Mathematics. Alternative qualifications: Level 3 Diploma Children’s Care Learning and Development. Access or HND qualifications. Opportunities for articulation arrangements are available for Learners who have completed a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

    International Student Entry Requirements

    International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.