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The BA (hons) Early Childhood with Montessori Pedagogy (Level 6 Top Up) provides an excellent progression route for students with a Foundation Degree in Montessori Pedagogy. It can be completed either 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

This course will advance your career prospects and give you a fascinating insight and critical appreciation of Montessori pedagogy within a wider early childhood studies perspective. You will have the opportunity to complete your own independent research project that addresses an issue, topic, or challenge within Montessori education.

What makes this course different

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Outstanding reputation in childhood studies.

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Specialist academics

A wide range of expertise in both research and practise.

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Career prospects

Strong relationships with schools, childcare organisations and loyal alumni.


The BA in Early Childhood with Montessori Pedagogy prepares you to be a thoughtful and flexible practitioner, working with and for children and families in a range of settings and professional roles.  You will develop knowledge, understanding and a critical appreciation of Montessori pedagogy within a wider early childhood studies perspective.


  • Core Modules

    Practice module 5

    This module will introduce you to children's literacy journeys in early years education. It will help you to analyse the concept of literacy and the different types of literacies that young children experience in their learning process. During setting visits you will explore how literacy rich learning environments are created and you will have the opportunity to experience practical child-led play-based literacy activities.


    Practice module 6

    This module will develop your understanding of working with others and the qualities needed to manage effective teams. You will have opportunities to demonstrate skills of communicating effectively with parents in the context of multi professional teams. Through placement in early years settings you will learn to support collaborative learning opportunities between parents/caregivers and children.


    Critical and Global Perspectives on Education

    · To develop critical awareness of current educational policy, practices and provision relating to special and inclusive education

    · To develop critical awareness of the similarities and differences between contexts in terms of special and inclusive education developments in policy and practice

    · To consider the inclusion of children with special educational needs from an international perspective


    Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 3

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply a full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development in a range of potential education related career areas.

    They will advance the areas identified in their level 5 studies for their personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Through engagement with the Career Passport students will reflect upon the success of the strategies that they employ to further develop their reflective skills, self awareness, 'life style' 'self care' approaches and where necessary improve these.

    Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with fellow students, academic staff and external stakeholders, on an applied project involving the application of key leadership and management skills. In doing so students will apply and develop cognitive, cultural and social intelligences learnt elsewhere in their studies, which will enhance their graduate employability.


    Independent research project (Montessori)

    In this module, you will have the opportunity to initiate a small-scale applied research study that addresses an issue, topic, or challenge within Montessori education. Through supervisions with a tutor, you will shape and agree a proposal for your own viable and ethical applied research project. 


Coursework will include presentations, video reports, research-based assignments and learning logs. 

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • Year 1: 100% coursework

This course is supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle. You’ll be given a full introduction to the use, scope of the VLE; Microsoft Teams. This will help you to feel comfortable and confident with your online classroom, while your module leader/tutor will contact you at the beginning of each module to provide basic information and check for questions.

You'll virtually attend lectures, which will be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go. Every week, you will interact and collaborate with your classmates online for each module. We want you to develop as an independent thinker, which is why our lectures are always interactive and include open debates. 

You'll also carry out e-learning, self-learning and guided reading - with plenty of individual support along the way. With a number of practising teachers on our academic staff, we understand there are times when you might need some extra tutor support. We won't let you down in this regard. Our team of lecturers and tutors pride themselves on being in tune with their students' needs and adjust their teaching accordingly. 

You'll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real life experience and research. You’ll have the opportunity to complete an independent research project on Montessori pedagogy.

Guided independent study

You will be expected to learn independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, Microsoft Teams and Moodle. We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7.

Academic support

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths or statistics, our Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential.

You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need.

We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor led sessions, individual learning, practical activities.

Dedicated personal tutor

Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers, so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.


You will be assessed by 100% coursework. Assessments are set at the end of each term and include essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities. More details will be included in your module guides.

All grades count towards your module mark. Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Fiona Byrne

Fiona Byrne is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the School of Education and Communities.

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Evgenia Theodotou

Dr Evgenia Theodotou is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Early Childhood Studies gives you the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of jobs with children and for children and their families. Graduates have taken jobs in local government, the NHS, charities, housing associations and day nurseries. Their roles have included childcare project managers, family support workers, play coordinators, out-of-school project managers and classroom/education assistants.

UEL has strong and trusted relationships with local schools, childcare organisations and loyal alumni.

If you already work, the degree will enhance your enjoyment and boost your progress because you will have a deeper understanding of what you do. You may find it easier to move into a management role, for example.

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