If you are an experienced early years practitioner, and are committed to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, this top-up degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect programme to enhance your career opportunities. While studying our top-up degree, you will develop skills as a critically reflexive practitioner and learn to be a visionary leader needed for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You will reflect and review practice and policy and learn the importance of encouraging a child's development in partnership with their family and other professionals. You will be supported to develop skills of critical analysis and apply these to issues of current concern in the Early Years. In addition you will explore multiple perspectives of childhood and have the opportunity to research areas of personal interest in the Early Years.
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The programme team has worked collaboratively with early years care and education providers for many years. As such, extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this programme through the engagement of early years' employers, head teachers, parents, children, practitioners and recent and past graduates. The exciting new development for this programme is that it offers opportunities for qualified, experienced practitioners and inexperienced applicants alike. There are two pathways for this programme.
This pathway will be taught on one day per week (approximately 10 hour day), over a 32 week academic year. You will need to be working within an early years or education setting for at least one day per week, either as an employee or volunteer. This condensed level 6 programme requires a significant commitment to independent study. You will be expected to dedicate a minimum of two days of independent study per week.
This pathway is suitable for applicants who do not work within the early years or education sector. The programme on this pathway will be taught over two short days, over a 32 week academic year.
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On completion of the BA (Hons) degree, you may wish to continue to study further and undertake postgraduate studies. Many of our graduates have also progressed to teacher training at primary level (PGCE Primary). Alternatively, you could opt to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Bridgwater & Taunton College with a view to teaching in post-compulsory education and training.
You could secure employment in family support and projects working in a range of early years settings - children's centre worker, home/school liaison officer, early years practitioner or a role within a primary school. The Honours Degree could also lead to management and leadership roles with early years settings, children's centres and schools.
As an early years professional, you can help transform children's lives and play an instrumental role in preparing them for learning and later life.
Applicants must have a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent Level 5 qualification in an appropriate discipline. Students also require GCSE at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) in English and Maths or Equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.
Applicants must also be employed or volunteering in a relevant setting i.e. primary school, nursey, children's centre for a minimum of one day each week.
Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.