BA (Hons) in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.

Level 6 qualification

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3 years full-time (other flexible pathways available)


September start date


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Dependant on pathway

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Delivered in partnership with London Metropolitan University

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What you will study.

Your studies will cover the Montessori Philosophy, all the curriculum areas and a range of Child Development theory. You will develop the knowledge and skills to become a confident practitioner. In the third year you will study provision for 0-3 year olds and leadership in Montessori settings. The course combines 13 modules of study with 380 hours of practical experience with children on Professional Placement in the first year. Placement in the second and third years will focus on Action Research and Work-Based Practice.

Depending on your chosen pathway you will either complete your practical experience with the Montessori materials during your weekly attendance or during a separate workshop. This workshop is held over two separate weeks during the spring semester in Year One (usually during school half-terms).

In your first year, you will be required to complete 380 hours for your Professional Placement in an approved setting.

In your 2nd and 3rd years, you will continue with your professional work based placements which are used to develop professional practice, carry out observations for assessments and engage in practitioner enquiry.

You will be supported and mentored in your placement, giving you practical understanding of a setting as part of your training.

Your understanding of each module is assessed through a variety of tasks including written assignments, presentations, a practical assessment and a portfolio.

You will also be assessed through a series of setting-based practical assessments, and self-assessment against agreed criteria, and in the final year you will complete a research project.

Why choose the BA (Hons)

Flexible study options

Choose to study via a Pathway that suits you.

Connected Learning

Blended learning combines face-to-face and online study, allowing you the greatest combination of flexibility and collaboration.

Awarded by LMU

Upon completion of this course you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Montessori Early Childhood Practice from London Metropolitan University.

Where you’ll study

Our innovative Connected Learning approach combines online and classroom study. You will interact with your student community through live webinars, collaborative group work and discussion forum. Your face-to-face learning will take place at Montessori Centre International, Marlborough House, 38 Marlborough Place, St. John's Wood, London NW8 0PE. We will support you in finding an approved Professional Placement setting.

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Flexible finance options

Student Finance is available for this course for eligible students. Students can apply for funding through the Student Loans Company. To find out more about Student Finance visit the SFE Student Finance Zone. You may also be eligible to apply for a Birts Bursary that could cover a proportion of the course fee.

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What are my options after I graduate?

This qualification enables you to hold senior positions in nurseries and daycare settings, including running your own. You may also progress to Early Years Teacher Status, PGCE or Masters qualification.

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Become a Room Leader or Manager in a Montessori setting

With the practical experience you gain on this course, you'll be ready for employment in any Early Years setting.

Become an owner of a Montessori setting in the UK or abroad

Your qualification will open doors for you to not only work in a setting, but to open your own.

Continue your Professional Development

You can continue studying, using this qualification as a stepping stone to a Early Years Teacher Status, PGCE or Masters qualifications

Work in the wider field of Education or Childcare

Use the knowledge you have gained and your passion for child development to explore roles such as Childminder, Play Therapist or Educational Psychologist.

Your questions answered

In Year One of the course you need to be resident in the UK, and/or hold a relevant residency visa for the duration of your studies. Years Two and Three can be completed internationally.

Montessori education is international in its nature and many of our MCI graduates are successfully working around the world.

It is worth checking specific national requirements for working with children to establish if you need additional qualifications to work in your current or intended country of location.

Yes you can. You will need to pay your first instalment at the start of the course, the second instalment 3 months later, and the final/third instalment is required 3 months after that.

Yes. You may be eligible for direct entry – this means your entry to the course will be at the beginning of Year Two.

Connected Learning describes how you study with us. We connect you with great tutors, both online and face-to-face. We provide a wealth of resources to help your studies, and we connect you to each other – building a community of inspired Montessori educators.

Dependant on the pathway you take, you will either study Full-time for 3 years or Part-time over 4 years, 5 years or 6 years.

How the application process works

Enquiry received

Our Admissions Team will contact you via email to arrange a call to discuss your options and answer any questions you might have.

Call with our team

The Admissions Team will speak with you, and go through the finer details of your study options, walking you through the application process.

Application pack

The Admissions Team will send you an application pack for you to complete and return to us.

Your interview

Once we receive your application, we'll set up an interview for you with a member of our academic team.

Receive your offer

After your interview, we will extend an offer to you to study with us!

Course starts

You will be enrolled onto our Virtual Learning Environment, and are on your way to becoming a Montessori Practitioner.