Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Next start date
2022 Semester One – 28 February
2022 Semester Two – 18 July
Available locations
Epsom
Points
360
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

This degree encompasses a broad study of early childhood education and social contexts relevant for students from birth to eight years of age.

We offer a range of courses covering te ao Māori perspectives, diversity and inclusion, human development, educational psychology, child development and professional communication and practice. Through these you will develop expert understanding of the complex and vital early years of children’s lives.

Practical placements each year in early childhood and other educational settings will allow you to explore areas of interest and refine and develop relevant professional skills. This is an excellent foundation degree. It will prepare you for a career in a range of educational settings and in policy and leadership roles in New Zealand and overseas.

If you decide to pursue a teaching career in New Zealand, you can gain registration by adding a one-year Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) or Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary).

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies programme will be offered for the first time in Semester One 2022.

Please get in touch for more information about the programme.

Programme structure

Our Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies is a three-year programme consisting of face to face, online and practice-based teaching and learning. The programme is available at the City or Epsom campus.
To complete a BECSt degree, you must pass courses totaling at least 360 points. At least 330 of these points must be from the listed BECSt schedule and 30 points from courses offered in either the General Education open schedule and/or the General Education faculty schedule approved for this degree.

Requirements:

  • EDUCSW 199
  • 105 points: EDCURRIC 118, EDPROFM 100, EDPROFST 104, 115, EDUC 106, 115, SOCWORK 111
  • 90 points: EDCURRIC 109, EDPROFST 211, 215, EDUC 203, 221, 223
  • 15 points from EDCURRIC 113, EDPROFM 200, EDUC 117, 212
  • 105 points: EDCURRIC 216, EDPROFST 209, 396, EDUC 300, 324, EDUCSW 302, 303
  • 15 points from EDPROFM 300, EDUC 316, 341, 380, SOCCHFAM 332

You can view course outlines here.

Most students need to take one or two General Education courses.

Students should also be aware of the University’s Academic English Language Requirement.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Sample programme structure

Year 1 120 points

  • Name:
    General Education
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFM 100
    Name:
    Te Ao Māori - Te Kākano
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 104
    Name:
    Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 115
    Name:
    Introduction to child and adolescent Development
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 106
    Name:
    History of Education and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 118
    Name:
    Young Children and Early Learning Environments
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    SOCWORK 111
    Name:
    Professional Communication Skills
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 115
    Name:
    Professional Early Childhood Practice 1
    Type:
    Compulsory degree component
    Points:
    15 pts

Year 2 120 points

  • Name:
    General Education
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 211
    Name:
    Engaging with Infants and Toddlers
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 109
    Name:
    Languages and Literacies Education 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 215
    Name:
    Professional Early Childhood Practice 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 221
    Name:
    Child Development
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 223
    Name:
    Educational Psychology
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 203
    Name:
    Pasifika Education and Diversity
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    Choose from a range of courses available for this degree or another bachelors degrees at this University
    Name:
    Elective course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year 3 120 points

  • Code:
    EDUC 300
    Name:
    Understanding Childhood
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 324
    Name:
    Inclusive Education and Philosophy
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 216
    Name:
    Hauora
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 396
    Name:
    Professional Early Childhood Practice 3
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 209
    Name:
    Developing Learning Communities
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUCSW 303
    Name:
    Research and Professional Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUCSW 302
    Name:
    Service Learning
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    Choose from a range of courses available for this degree or another bachelors degrees at this University
    Name:
    Elective Course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Subjects available in this programme

  • Early Childhood Studies
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2022 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.

Guaranteed rank score, subject and other requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • Qualification
    NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
    Score required
    150
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    150
  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate
    Score required
    26

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Further requirements

You will be required to consent to disclosure of criminal convictions as part of the application process.
Note: While a record of criminal convictions will not prevent attainment of your qualification, it may limit your options with regards to available practical learning opportunities.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Further requirements

You will be required to consent to disclosure of criminal convictions as part of the application process.
Note: While a record of criminal convictions will not prevent attainment of your qualification, it may limit your options with regards to available practical learning opportunities.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country or region:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects. 
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

Guaranteed grade, subject and other requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Score required
    26
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    CCC
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0
  • Qualification
    GCE A Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level
    Score required
    CCC
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0

Further requirements

You will be required to consent to disclosure of criminal convictions as part of the application process.
Note: While a record of criminal convictions will not prevent attainment of your qualification, it may limit your options with regards to available practical learning opportunities.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

You need to have the following:

One year successful bachelor-degree level study at a recognised university (or smilar institution) overseas. 

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Further requirements

You will be required to consent to disclosure of criminal convictions as part of the application process.
Note: While a record of criminal convictions will not prevent attainment of your qualification, it may limit your options with regards to available practical learning opportunities.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies cost per year?

2021 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,311*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.02 per point, estimated at $962.40 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies will be offered for the first time in Semester One 2022, beginning 28 February.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2022
8 December 2021
Semester Two 2022
4 July 2022

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

A BECSt signifies workplace knowledge and skills applicable in varied domestic and global contexts. Through placements you will encounter practices relevant to education, health, and community work. A BECSt will not qualify you for teacher registration but it provides a pathway into a graduate teaching qualification or postgraduate research.

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

Early Childhood Studies is a growing and evolving field, largely due to the increasing recognition of how critical the early years of a child’s life are for long-term wellbeing and development. Our programme in Early Childhood Studies develops knowledge, skills and dispositions relevant to employment in a wide range of early-years contexts and organisations.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies is a scholarly, child-centred and innovative programme, incorporating theory and practical placements across the three years to enable graduates to appreciate and understand theories, ideas, concepts and practices related to the field of early childhood studies.

The practical experiences (practice-based learning and service learning) in early childhood context settings will prepare graduates to work in a range of early childhood-based services and organisations both domestically and abroad. Students will encounter a range of practices during placements relevant to the early childhood years including education, health, and community-based contexts. This wide exposure will enhance graduates’ ability to enter the workforce in many different settings across a range of roles.

Graduates of the BECSt programme will be cognisant of the interdisciplinary nature of early childhood contexts and able to critically analyse and respond to issues relevant to a range of organisations and communities. They will be culturally responsive, critical, reflective, and committed to social justice.

This programme provides a strong disciplinary pathway into a graduate teaching qualification or postgraduate research in the field of early childhood studies. (Please note: this qualification will not allow graduates to qualify for teacher registration).

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