This course brings together the theory and reality of children from birth to eight years old, providing the skills to become a confident Early Years practitioner. Read more at the University of Portsmouth website. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? You will study a core work-based unit that ensures your studies are linked with practice, and you may work toward Early Years Initial Teacher Training standards as part of the course. The course is recognised by the government as full and relevant to the requirements for working in early years settings. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE You will draw on current issues, using national and international viewpoints, to explore the development of children in their first experiences at home and in initial education. You will have access to a team of lecturers who combine academic and practitioner expertise across several disciplines, to regular guest speakers, and to our wide network of relevant local employers. OPTIONAL PATHWAYS You may follow an optional psychology pathway through this degree, involving units in this complementary subject, leading to the exit award BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for students who want a holistic understanding of the first eight years of life, and who want to develop the skills needed for a career in the Early Years sector. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED The course meets governmental requirements for working in the Early Years sector, offers a training route for Early Years Teacher Status, and has a personalised work-based unit at its core, ensuring that your study is connected to your current or future practice, and developing your skills for working with young children. You can also undertake research in the field instead of a literature-based dissertation in your final year. AFTER THE COURSE You will be prepared for careers involving young children, such as in community and social care, play work and nursery practice.