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 have opportunities to apply your learning in the work place or in a placement setting. This is a particularly useful course if you are already working in this field.
Your studies will be supported by tutors from a range of professional areas in the field of Early Childhood and you will have the opportunity to build on your knowledge and practice skills through the academic study of Graduate Leadership, Research and Inquiry, Early Years Pedagogy or Health and Social Care. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project in Early Childhood.
Along with your practical placements, you will gain 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 inter-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 graduate 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
Visit our Early Inspirations webpage for early years news, events, and resources.
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We know our staff and students want the very best, and that’s what Waterside will provide. It is the embodiment of our mission to transform lives and inspire change.
We’ve designed Waterside to put you first – it is flexible to the changing needs of our students but also makes the most of our fantastic staff. A University that teaches in a way that mirrors the skills you will need when you graduate, a place that provides everything you will need to live and learn, and that will provide a home-from-home as you enjoy one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of your life.
Our new campus opens its doors in September 2018 and while Waterside will be home to most of our teaching, we’ll also be making use of the excellent facilities around the town. We’ll also be retaining some facilities at our current campuses (Park and Avenue) on a temporary basis for the initial period. These will mostly be used to offer off-campus accommodation options to make sure we have a great range of rooms to suit everyone.More about our campuses »
The course is made up of modules covering diverse, cultural, inter-disciplinary and multi-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. Alternatively you can complete a module in Health and Social Care on an alternative day.
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, with an induction day at the end of August. You can also study an optional module in 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 inter-disciplinary approach of the course, covers education, health and social care. 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 four week placement to build your experience, and two weeks of fieldwork 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:||£1,350 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.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.