Who is this course for?
This pathway is for applicants who do not possess a vocationally-related qualification. Attendance in college will be for two days per week, over a 32 week academic year. During Year 1, you will have an opportunity to develop your vocational skills through two work placements - in a school and an early years setting. Your vocational skills will be further enhanced during Year 2 where you will be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, culminating in the achievement of a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner or Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. This qualification, alongside your degree will place you in a very prominent position to seek employment within your chosen specialism.
Whether experienced in the early years sector or not, if you are committed to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, this degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect foundation for your career. While studying our degree, you will develop the skills as a critically reflective practitioner and learn to be a creative and visionary leader needed for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You learn the importance of encouraging a child's development in partnership with their family. This encompasses all physical, intellectual, social and emotional development as well as children's rights, equality and inclusion.
The modules studied over the three years may include:
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Teaching and Assessment
There are no examinations on this programme, each module is assessed by means of assignments – reflective essay, learning and development resources, and presentations. We offer comprehensive study skills support throughout your time at college in order to help maximise your chances of success. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.
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.
You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work.
Please note that the fee for this course is as follows:
Year 1: £8,200
Year 3: £7,800
These fees are subject to review and may change in future.
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