The aim of the course is to provide a broadly-based academic and multidisciplinary professional foundation for a variety of careers working with children birth-eight years old.
The course is taught by a highly experienced multidisciplinary team with expertise in the fields of education, health, inclusion and social care. It draws on external practitioners and experts to provide specialist input.
There are opportunities to undertake placements and field work in early childhood education and care settings to enable strong links between academic study and professional experience of the workplace. Students choose a specialist option of education, health or social care for their stage three studies, which is linked to their field work/placement and dissertation.
A popular feature of the course is an opportunity to visit a European country in stage two to study early years provision in a different context.
Students will gain a broad understanding of the professional issues that underpin work in the care and education of young children from an inter-disciplinary and multi-professional perspective.
As well as equipping students with a detailed understanding of young children's development, it will enable them to develop transferable skills that are highly relevant to employment as an early years practitioner or in health and social care careers.
The course consists of modules that cover aspects of children's development and learning in family, community and wider national and international contexts. It also benefits particularly from specialist input in relation to special educational needs, cultural diversity and creative and therapeutic approaches to working with children.
Students will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of studying child development; the child, children's services and the law; children's health and wellbeing and professional, personal and academic development.
Students will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of children in society; children and their learning; safeguarding and looking after children; personal, professional and academic development and research and inquiry.
Students will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of creative arts in children's services and leadership and management studies. They will be able to follow an education, health or social care option and undertake their own research.
Special course features
- Multi-disciplinary approach across education, health and social care
- Placements and field work opportunities
- Optional European visit
- Career flexibility
- Children in Society
- Leadership and Management Studies
- Safeguarding and Looking After Children
- Studying Child Development
- The Child, Children's Services and the Law