Taught course

Early Years Education

UCL - University College London · Learning and Leadership

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills in assessing the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.

The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project.

The research and teaching team specialise in early years leadership, pedagogy and curriculum and assessment.

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 4 years;

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214