Who is this course for?
This pathway is for Practitioners who have already achieved a Level 3 vocationally-related qualification, and who are working within an early years or educational setting for at least one day per week, either as an employee or volunteer. Attendance will be for one, long day per week, over a 32 week academic year.
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 working within an early years or educational setting for at least one day per week, either as an employee or volunteer.
You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work.
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