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Education Studies (Early Childhood) (MEd Stud (Hons))

Course Description

Education Studies (Early Childhood) at Winchester shares the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of the Education Studies programme but specialises in the in-depth study of educational processes related to early childhood.

Programme Content

Students may wish to pursue the three year Single or Combined Honours BA (Hons) Education Studies (Early Childhood) pathway or the four year Single Honours MEd Stud (Hons) Education Studies (Early Childhood) pathway.

Alongside the compulsory modules for the Early Childhood pathway, students have the opportunity to work with other areas of study - race, gender, power, ecology and inclusion - and to apply these to early childhood. A variety of themes are drawn upon to explore early childhood in relation to ideas and political developments which have contributed to changing conceptions about family life and forms of caring for the young, both in the context of schools and in the wider culture.

Study in Year 1 is foundational and aims to provide a general level of contextual understanding for subsequent study. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own educational experiences, comment on how these experiences have influenced them and begin to familiarise themselves with the names and terms that impact current educational theory. The knowledge gained is built upon in Years 2 and 3. Students engage with social, political and cultural perspectives - building on knowledge and critically deploying it in relation to real-world situations.

The MEd Stud programme extends the Education Studies approach into Level 7, and engages with research methods and philosophy of educational research. Students have an opportunity to gain Masters credits as they deepen and extend their understanding of programme content through an extended dissertation.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/med-stud-hons-education-studies-early-childhood.aspx

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Many graduates pursue a career in teaching or pursue roles within social services, student support, local government and the caring profession.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

Visit the Education Studies (Early Childhood) (MEd Stud (Hons)) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

260-300 points. If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

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