Early Childhood Studies - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years)
September 2017

With the well-being and rights of babies and young children at its centre Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme will provide you with a range of teaching and learning experiences to build on your existing skills and motivation so that you can contribute to a changing society, particularly within the field of Early Childhood, (babies and young children from birth to 5).

What's covered in the course?

With a focus on personal, as well as professional development, our programme will engage you in rethinking Early Childhood so that you can develop into an effective agent of change.  The rights of babies, young children, and their families is at the centre of what we believe, teach and research.  As you progress through the programme you will become confident and competent advocates of babies and young children; developing your personal and professional skills so that you can, in future careers, be influential in developing practice, provision and policy.  Being resilient and self-assured is key here.  Through a supportive and nurturing learning environment, you will be encouraged to take ‘risks’ as you explore and find out new things about Early Childhood, as well as yourself.  Experienced tutors on the programme come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and are research active, understanding the demands of study, work and family life.  They are committed to the same agenda of social justice, social mobility and social responsibility that forms the underpinning philosophy of the programme.

We recognise and believe in the need to support you preparing you for the world of work.  Whist celebrating that the programme can open many doors into a variety of professions related to Early Childhood, we will demonstrate a commitment to support and guide as you discover the role that suits you best.  There will be opportunities for you to work, and learn, alongside a variety of professionals delivering services that support the well-being, development and learning needs of babies and young children, with this in mind we have placement opportunities throughout the programme,

Why Choose Us?

  • Strong commitment to social justice and the rights of babies and young children
  • Opens doors to a range of careers linked to early childhood
  • Open to home and international students, including those who want to ‘Top Up’ an existing qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
  • Opportunities for placement, locally and internationally
  • Practice led by research active tutors from a range of professional backgrounds
  • Range of opportunities to develop professional as well as academic skills to be work ready
  • Accreditation can be given for Early Years Educator providing core competences are let.

Similar Courses

  • BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies
  • BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

This course is open to International students

School of Education

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Solihull Inclusion Service
  • Family Action
  • Action for Children- Children Centre

And in jobs such as:

  • Children Centre Leaders
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Parent Partnership Workers

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, at the point of enrolment. These must include English language and mathematics. If you do not already have the required GCSEs, including English language and mathematics, or their equivalent for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.

96 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level 96 UCAS points = CCC
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with minimum 18 Merits/Distinctions at Level 3, also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not hold separately.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DD
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMM
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units) Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum 96 UCAS tariff points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum 96 UCAS tariff points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Please note we will make offers on the following qualifications:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF).
Please note we will not make offers on the following qualification:
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 24 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Please note: successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty.

Topping up to a full Honours Degree
If you would like to 'top up' an existing Level 5 qualification we would welcome your application into our Level 6 programme. You'll usually need a Foundation Degree or HND in Early Childhood Studies or similar. We require an average mark of 60 per cent or Distinction/Merit profile for entry at Level 6, as well as Level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics.

We will also consider applicants at Level 5 entry with a lower grade average, or with a Level 4 qualification such as a Certificate in Higher Education in an appropriate subject (for example Childhood Studies, Early Years Education, Children and Families).

Applications at Level 5 or 6 are via UCAS, please ensure you indicate you are applying for entry at Yr 2 or 3.

Teacher Training
Those intending to apply for the PGCE Early Years or Primary course in the future as a route into teaching will need to have GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and a science subject.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
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 Write a personal statement
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 Pay your application fee
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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Find additional costs for your course

This course is not available part-time

What's included in your course fees

Included in your course fees are a range of specialist/visiting speakers and all mandatory field trips.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Working as a Professional

You will explore potential careers and the necessary skills, values and attributes to be a successful professional within a range of children’s services.  Within this context, you will reflect on your existing skills and identify those needed to be a successful student of Higher Education as part of your journey to professional employment.

Child Development

This module encourages you to become confident and reflective practitioners and to recognise the significance of how children develop as a vital part of understanding early childhood. This module will also support you to develop your understanding of domains of development, by this we means children’s physical, cognitive, personal and social development.

Children and Childhood

This module will support you in establishing your own philosophy of early childhood by examining what society thinks about children and childhood. Having identified what you believe we will examine what society believes and how this may have changed over time. You will have the opportunity to make some field trips to museums and /or art galleries to see how childhood has been represented over time.

Observing and Assessing Babies and Young Children

This module encourages you to become confident and reflective practitioners and to recognise the value of observation and assessment in the context of childhood.  Through placement opportunities you will examine how observation can be used to document the child’s learning journey and support planning for future development.

Working with Parents and Children (Optional)

This module encourages you to become confident and reflective practitioners and to recognise the value of working with families and children within an early years context.  It is designed to provide you with an understanding of key government policy relating to children and families, strategies for, and challenges of, working in partnership with parents and families, as well as developing an awareness of organisations that support them.

Enabling Places (Optional)

This module will help you to develop knowledge and understanding of the impact of enabling environments on children’s learning and well-being making use of relevant policy, theoretical perspectives and research findings. You will explore, evaluate and analyse outdoor learning spaces, approaches to play, organisation and resources for play experiences and consider the role of the adult.

Celebrating Diversity (Optional)

This module explores the terms Diversity and Inclusion.  It will examine our human rights and investigate whether these are universal.  It will look at the rights movements in Britain and America and look at how these movements have influenced early childhood thinking.  Definitions of social justice will be offered along with various views of how social justice could be achieved. 

Year two

Reflecting on Play Learning and Pedagogy

The module is designed to support and extend your professional reflection so that you are able to articulate you own philosophy of learning in early childhood and promote the inclusion of play provision in all settings. Successful completion of this module and the linked placement will enable you to meet the criteria for Early Years Educator (EYE).  

Safeguarding and Child Protection

You will explore safeguarding and child protection including the necessary skills, values and attributes to be a successful professional working with a range of children’s services. Building on your previous learning you will examine how to protect vulnerable children and young people from harm.

Research as a Driver for Policy, Practice and Provision

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key research terms, potential challenges and processes involved in conducting a piece of research, as well as the skills needed to design a study. You will explore and examine current pieces of research relevant to children’s services and consider the connections between research, policy, practice and provision.

The Healthy Child

This module will support you to become knowledgeable and reflective practitioners on issues around children’s health at both national and international level.  It includes principles and practices of effective health promotion for children from birth to five. By drawing on national and international research and development on the factors that contribute to the health and well- being of children.

Children’s Voice (Optional)

In this optional module, you will explore children’s voice and rights and the necessary skills, values and attributes to be a successful professional with a range of children’s services.  Using this as the context you will reflect on and identify aspects of children’s rights and the value of their voice, as an individual and within an early years setting.

Looked After Children (Optional)

You will be supported in this optional module to become confident and reflective practitioners and to recognise the issues affecting the development of looked after children and the ways in which barriers to inclusion might be removed or minimised for this vulnerable group and outcomes improved.

Exploration, Creativity and the Child (Optional)

This optional module encourages you to examine you own personal perspectives regarding the definition of creativity and the role of the professional in fostering curiosity, imagination and creative experiences for the young child. You will explore aspects of creativity in Early Years settings and reflect on practice, previous and potential.

Researching Professional Practice in Early Childhood

You will be enabled and supported, as a member of the early childhood research community, to conduct a piece of small scale individual research attending to key ethical principles.  This module encourages you to engage in independent as well as collaborative critical analysis of contemporary issues and debates in early childhood research, policy and practice.

Year three

Contemporary Perspectives

This module will respond to contemporary perspectives and issues affecting children, young people, families and communities. A strong commitment to inclusive values will be reinforced and will empower you to address issues of equality, disadvantage, diversity and social justice to optimise the life chances of children, young people and their families.

Leadership and Management

This module encourages you to become confident in your leadership and management knowledge, enabling you to review, consolidate, extend and apply this within an early years context, at a graduate level.  It will provide you with an understanding of key leadership and management strategies within early year’s settings and teams all of which will support your employability.

Personal Development Planning

As you prepare to finish your programme this module will enable you to practice and develop key skills necessary as you seek employment or post graduate study. You will have the opportunity to identify, reflect on and develop a range of effective professional skills, practicing them through work based real life projects such as applying for jobs, interviewing, recruitment and selection processes

International curricula (Optional)

You will examine the background to current provision for early childhood education and care across the UK and internationally in order to provide a context for early years education.   You will examine international perspectives alongside different curricula approaches and make comparisons between these and UK policy, practice and provision.

Global and Future Childhoods (Optional)

This module will encourage you to look beyond the familiar constructs of ‘childhood’ that you may have already encountered, supporting you to confidently examine the past and present contexts, challenges and possibilities of global and future childhoods.  As final year students the emphasis will be on debate, questioning and shared exploration of key issues.

Politics of Inclusion (Optional)

This module will engage you in an exploration of issues of inclusion for children and families in diverse social and educational contexts from both the UK and international perspectives.  It supports you in engaging with differing perspectives on equality, participation and inclusion, and in developing your own perspectives. 

Course structure

On the BA Hons Early Childhood Studies progamme you will experience a wide variety of learning and teaching approaches that are designed to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills as you progress through the programme.  We will support you as you make the transition to university through carefully planned induction processes.  This will include social and group work activities, confidence building activities and a scaffolded approach so you can understand the thinking behind how your modules and assessments are planned.  Managing your transition to Higher Education is more than just a week of activities so we have generated a core module that goes through the whole of the first year to support your developing personal, professional and academic skills.

Some modules are shared with students on other programmes in the department.  For example when thinking about safeguarding and child protection there are common themes and common professional skills required, regardless of the age range you are focussing on.  This is one modules that would be shared with students studying Working with Children, Young People and Families. We believe that whilst it is good to have a focus on your particular field of study, sometimes your learning experience can be enhanced by working with others who are exploring different, but similar contexts. For this reason there are 40 credits of shared modules between your BA Hons Early Childhood Studies and the BA Hons Working with Children, Young People and Families in each year.

Placement is an integral part of the programme, there will be chances in your first year to explore and find out information about a range of Early Childhood settings and to visit and shadow professionals working there – this is so you can not only develop professional skills but can also find out about the wide range of professional careers open to you within the field.  It also about developing transferable skills so that after you have completed your degree you already have a strong CV that makes you really employable.  These experiences are an integral part of the module ‘Working as a Professional’. Later in the first year you will have a block period of time in an Early Childhood setting so you can develop your observation skills and experience how an early years curriculum is planned, delivered and assessed.  In the second year of the programme you will again have a period of placement to build on your previous skills about how babies and young children develop and learn.

We link into our Graduate+ scheme throughout the programme; you will be able to get credit from positive placement outcomes that will contribute to the Graduate+ award scheme.  Some modules relate specifically to placement and in order to complete the assignments set you will need to take a proactive approach to placements and actively engage with the work based learning aspect of the programme.  This will be the case for ‘Observing and Assessing Babies and Young Children’, completed in your first year.  Actively engaging with placement and successful completion of a second year module ‘Reflecting on Play, Learning and Pedagogy’ will also help you to meet the criteria for Early Years Educator.  This is the level 3 qualification that means you can be employed in an Early Years Setting as a qualified member of staff.

In the third year there is no scheduled placement, although depending on the topic you choose to examine as part of ‘Researching Professional Practice in Early Childhood’, you may choose to conduct your enquiry in an early years setting.

As well as learning through practice a variety of approaches to teaching are used.  These include:

  • Workshops
  • Virtual Learning Environment - Shareville
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group projects
  • Guest speakers –often professionals
  • Visits to settings and services
  • Field work – visits to art galleries and museums

Number of hours spent in the classroom per week

You will be expected to have between 12 to 14 hours of taught sessions across the week (Monday to Friday). 

Trips and Visits 

We aim to plan for visits to settings and services to support your learning and development. These vary from year to year but may include museum and art galleries, nurseries and early years settings.

Teaching breakdown

Year 1

41 Scheduled Learning and Teaching MidnightBlue
45 Guided independent study RoyalBlue
15 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Year 2

35 Scheduled Learning and Teaching MidnightBlue
52 Guided independent study RoyalBlue
15 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Year 3

39 Scheduled Learning and Teaching MidnightBlue
58 Guided independent study RoyalBlue
3 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

Student stories - Mary

Mary Turner explains to us why chose to study at Birmingham City University, and how studying Early Childhood studies gave her the confidence to succeed in a career in childcare.

Student stories

Julie Nash

I had studied BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education Studies at Birmingham City University prior to doing my PGCE so knew I was in good hands.

The course has contributed hugely to me fulfilling my ambitions to become a teacher. The assessment strategies used were most appropriate for me personally as the course was assessed through both lecture and experience based work.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further study

There are a range of post graduate programmes available across the school, faculty and university. Our graduates often go on to study education, social work and health courses at post graduate level.

Student stories Luke Alletson

I plan to take PGCE

I spent my first placement in a children’s playgroup and nursery, a setting I had not experienced before. I found this so beneficial to my understanding of the course and it was also a practical tool to relating, and putting into practice, the skills we had learned. Birmingham itself is a multicultural city with people from a range of social and economic backgrounds, which I find is extremely beneficial to my learning as I am able to experience different school settings and aid the learning of children from different backgrounds.

Accreditation or professional associations

Successful completion of the programme, including the level 5 module ‘Reflecting on Play, Learning and Pedagogy’ and the linked placement, will enable you to meet the criteria for Early Years Educator (EYE). The Programme as a whole is matched to QAA Benchmarks Statements for Early Childhood Studies, this together with the required GCSE in English and Maths (already a requirement for entry the programme) meets the criteria for Early Years Educator as determined by DfE.

Enhancing employability skills 

A BCU Graduate is professional and work-ready, a creative problem solver, enterprising and has a global outlook.  This expectation is realised through the BA Hons Working with Children, Young People and Families programme which provides you with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families.  Transferrable skills are considered very highly throughout the programme should you decide not to work directly with children and young people in the future.  We have embraced the Gradate+ scheme  and there are opportunities throughout the programme for you to receive credit for developing your employability skills.  We have a commitment to learning for life and actively encourage you to develop your own research skills and to pursue your learning journey by building on your first degree to Masters level and beyond.  From induction through to your final module your tutor team will support you in exploring career pathways linked to vulnerable children, young people and their families. Working closely with local services will enable you to network and find out what it is like to work in the field.


Placement is an integral part of the programme, there will be chances in your first year to explore and find out information about a range of Early Childhood settings and to visit and shadow professionals working there – this is so you can not only develop professional skills but can also find out about the wide range of professional careers open to you within the field.    These experiences are an integral part of the module ‘Working as a Professional’. Later in the first year you will have a block period of time in an Early Childhood setting so you can develop your observation skills and experience how an early years curriculum is planned, delivered and assessed, This will be part of the module ‘Observing and Assessing Babies and Young Children’

Actively engaging with placement and successful completion of a second year module ‘Reflecting on Play, Learning and Pedagogy’ will also help you to meet the criteria for Early Years Educator.  This is the level 3 qualification that means you can be employed in an Early Years Setting as a qualified member of staff.

In the third year there is no scheduled placement, although depending on the topic you choose to examine as part of ‘Researching Professional Practice in Early Childhood’, you may choose to conduct your enquiry in an early years setting.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Many of our students go on to study postgraduate courses, often staying with us for another year. Those that don’t move onto leadership and management roles within the Early Childhood sector, often after short period developing their practical skills.  As graduates with a range of transferable skills others move in to areas such as human resources, project management and community based projects.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our early childhood course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

A fly through of the £41 million expansion of our City South Campus. It will provide specialist laboratories and teaching spaces for the new life sciences courses and a new home for the School of Education.

Science education facilities

Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.


City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.

The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston during the 2017/18 academic year.

City south 1

New developments

Our new development at City South Campus will ensure students have access to the best facilities, including our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

IT Support

Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.

Other items available include:

  • Training and training notes
  • Students can borrow cameras, LCD projector
  • Specialist technician support
  • Dedicated research base for postgraduate research students

Art and Design Department

There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.

Design and Technology Department

The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.

The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.

There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.

History Department

There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.

English Department

The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.

You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.

Mathematics Department

There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.

Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.

Religious Education Department

This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.

Early Years Department

As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.

Music Department

The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.

Drama Department

There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.

Moving to City South


To make sure the student experience for those on our education courses is as seamless as possible, we’re now ensuring all our students can stay on our self-contained and well equipped City North Campus for the whole of 2017/18. This will give us the perfect opportunity to move all of our education students into our new home at City South Campus from September 2018.

Rosemarie Lowe

Programme Director Early Childhood Studies

Having spent 10 years teaching in a variety of primary and infant schools in Birmingham, Rosemarie had the opportunity to develop a service within the local authority of a team of early years specialist whose role was to support and develop early years practice and provision across the maintained and non-maintained sector.

This move into an advisory role, training and development combined interests in adult learners and a passion and commitment to high quality effective early years provision. Moving to Higher Education seemed a natural progress and she spent some time teaching and developing Early Childhood courses at Newman University College before joining Birmingham City University in 2008.

The rights of children and the need to work in partnership with parents remain a core value in Rosemarie's teaching and research interests, which is reflected in her current studies and recent evaluation projects for local authorities.

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