Taught course

Early Years Professional Practice

University of Chichester · Childhood Studies

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have a good honours degree in a related area. To check the suitability of your degree and/or experiences please contact Hazel Rumsey on email: h.rumsey@chi.ac.uk

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The course offers a flexible and responsive approach to meeting the CPD requirements of employers and practitioners. It addresses current agendas for flexible, practice-focused and work-based, post-qualifying training. The course is tailored to individual interests and development needs, as well as current and future career goals. Content includes work-based projects and activities, enabling students to effect real change in their own organisation, within an academic framework.

The MA consists of three phases:

Phase 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Early Years Professional Practice
Phase 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Early Years Professional Practice
Phase 3 - MA Early Years Professional Practice

For further course information please contact Hazel Rumsey: h.rumsey@chi.ac.uk

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Early Years Professional Practice courses are delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. You will also have a dedicated subject librarian who will be available to help you access all the library resources you need for your course, both on the shelves and online.

Where this can take you

As well as developing your competence and confidence as an expert practitioner, the course helps you to:

  • Exercise initiative and take personal responsibility
  • Improve decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Show originality in tackling and solving problems systematically and creatively
  • Develop their expertise in working effectively with others

Careers include:

  • Learning mentor
  • Early Years Teacher (EYT)
  • Primary school teacher
  • Special educational needs (SEN) teacher
  • Social worker
  • Child psychotherapist and counsellor
  • Educational psychologist
  • Paediatric nurse
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Early Years Outreach worker
  • Local Authority worker

Work placements

The programmes of study are delivered partly through taught sessions and partly through employer supported work-based learning.

Indicative modules

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Early Years Professional Practice:

  • Child Development
  • Leadership and Pedagogy
  • Legal and Policy Frameworks

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Early Years Professional Practice:

  • Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making
  • How to Conduct Research

Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Practice in Working with Risk
  • Mentoring
  • Developing Resilience
  • Critical Review of Practice Theory
  • Portfolio of Academic and Professional Learning & Development


  • Topic to reflect and contribute to the development of an aspect of Early Years Practice

Teaching assessment

You will be taught by a team of professionally qualified and experienced practitioners who understand the application of best practice in the workplace and combine their practical expertise with academic excellence.

Modules can be taught at the employer’s premises or at the University, whichever is more convenient
Workshops provide the opportunity to learn with, and from, others.

There is an emphasis on the in-depth examination of specialist areas of practice to help you consolidate, deepen and extend your knowledge and skills in your own specialist area of practice.

The flexible, modular structure enables the integration of study with other demands on the your professional and personal lives.

Content includes work-based projects and activities, enabling you to effect real change in your own organisation, within an academic framework.

Between workshops, students are supported by professional mentors who are available to:

  • Advise on choices of modules throughout the programme
  • Offer tutorial support
  • Monitor progress throughout the programme, ensuring students develop academically through the accumulation of knowledge and experience
  • Approve a student’s focus of study or learning strategy
  • Advise on how to put theory into practice and achieve individual and organisational change
  • Refer students to additional Student Support Services where required

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, presentations, portfolio and exam. There is also a dissertation for the Masters programme. You will be supported by a team who have a wide range of experience across the early years and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during your course.

Information for international students

For more information on fees as an international student, please contact admissions@chi.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Hazel Rumsey
01243 816239