If you have a Foundation Degree or HND, this course will progress you onto an honours degree. You will consolidate your knowledge of the holistic development of young children and you will have the chance to undertake placements in education, health and social care settings. This is a particularly useful course if you are already working in this field.
You will get a broad academic foundation in a range of professions related to working with children from birth to the age of eight. Our tutors are experienced professionals from a variety of fields within Early Childhood, who, along with your practical placements, give you real-world knowledge and expertise.
We will help you to:
- establish a rigorous understanding of young children’s holistic development in the early years through detailed analysis and evaluation of multi-disciplinary theoretical perspectives and research evidence
- develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of contemporary services and support for young children and families in a multi-agency context
- extend and refine your critical reflection on your own practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage and your leadership and support of others
- support your progress towards the achievement of relevant professional standards and roles, for example in relation to Early Years Teacher Status or as preparation for further training in teaching with QTS or social work
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The course is made up of modules covering diverse, cultural, multidisciplinary and inter-agency contexts including leadership and management issues. There is also a specialist module to help you develop a critical analysis of contemporary issues in early childhood policy, practice and services for children and families.
You will complete an independent dissertation, which we will prepare you for, with specific modules on theory and research skills.
Course modules (17/18)
Specialist Option: Education (40 credits)
- Module code: EYS3121
- Core module N
Leadership, Management and Support in Children’s Services (20 credits)
- Module code: EYS3125
- Core module Y
Research and Inquiry in Professional Contexts (20 credits)
- Module code: EYS3126
- Core module Y
Children’s Services Dissertation (40 credits)
- Module code: EYS4104
- Core module Y
Specialist Option: Health and Social Care (40 credits)
- Module code: EYS3124
- Core module N
Professional Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care (40 credits)
- Module code: EYS3127
- Core module N
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
The course sessions are delivered on one day a week, giving you time to work and study in the best way that suits you. The course starts in early September. You can also study an optional module in Education or Health and Social Care alongside students on the three-year undergraduate degree.
There are no exams for this course, instead you will be assessed on essays, online debate and discussion, individual projects and your dissertation.
Facilities and Special Features
The multi-disciplinary approach of the course, covering education, health and social care, gives you flexibility when you embark upon your career. Combined with extensive work placements for students that are not already working in an early years setting, this course is tailored to prepare you for whatever future you choose
This degree is excellent preparation for any leadership role in an Early Years setting. It is also a strong foundation for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Early Years Teacher Status course or the School Direct route into teaching. If you want to continue along the academic route, the MA in Education (Early Years) or the MA in Social Work is also available to you.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a two-week placement to build you experience, and a two-week placement to gather research for your dissertation.
If you are already working in an early years setting, you can undertake one of the placements in your own workplace, or you can choose to work somewhere else to expand your experience.
How to apply
In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to have written English and Mathematics GCSEs grade C/4 or above. You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous experience of working with children under the age of eight. You will also need to attend an interview.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required if you are not already working in an early years setting.
An employer DBS declaration form can be completed if you are working in an early years setting.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|
Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting. You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel.