Taught course

Early Childhood Education

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Entry requirements

You’ll normally need a 2:2 or equivalent degree in an appropriate subject and a current DBS certificate is desirable. Without this clearance you won’t be able to conduct fieldwork or research in early years settings and schools. Exceptional entry may also be granted if you’re a professional who has experiential knowledge equivalent to a first degree. For more information and to discuss your entry requirements please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk.Current DBS certificate (desirable) - prospective students without current DBS clearance can access the course but will not be able to conduct fieldwork or research in schools or other early years settings. For students whose first language is not English, IELTS score of 6.5 and above is required. Anglia Ruskin's standard procedures for admission with credit apply. Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Months of entry

January, September, June

Course content

Advance your knowledge of young children’s learning and development and learn more about principles, practice and professionalism. Explore areas of personal interest in early childhood education and care whilst also enhancing your research skills, with the opportunity to visit different early years settings.

If you have a degree in early childhood studies, pre-school education or a related subject, our MA offers a great opportunity to explore aspects of young children’s lives in more depth, examining current policies and practices to build on your existing knowledge. If that’s you, why not take this opportunity to boost your skills and knowledge? You’ll be able to link your newly-learned theories and research with your practice from the start, boosting your contribution to your future workplace and enhancing your career prospects. Taught by experienced tutors who are passionate about using insights from research to enhance the lives of young children and their families, you’ll focus on early childhood education from birth until eight years old and graduate with a valuable postgraduate qualification.

It provides a highly relevant professional development opportunity for you whether you’re an early years or pre-school teacher, a manager in a childcare setting, a family support worker or an early years consultant. It’s also a great starting point if you’re looking for a career in academia and is a step towards a PhD or EdD.

Information for international students

International MA students are encouraged to join the course, as we enjoy dialogues about developments in early childhood education and care in different countries. Conversations have been fostered through conferences throughout the world run by the Early Childhood Research Group and we are keen to expand this community of enquiry.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Fees information

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries Team
01245 686868