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 : *The fees quoted are payable for each year.

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.