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, the Top-up Degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect programme to enhance your career opportunities. You will develop skills as a critically reflective practitioner and learn to be a visionary leader needed for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment.
The modules studied may include:
• Adult Concepts of Childhood
• Global Perspectives on Education
• The Creative Reflective Practitioner
• Contemporary Discourses in Early Years
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Teaching and AssessmentThere are no exams on this programme, each module is assessed by means of assignments – reflective essay, learning and development resources, and presentations. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.
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 within early years settings, children’s centres and schools. Post-graduate qualifications such as a PGCE are also a possibility.
Applicants must have a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent Level 5 qualification in an appropriate discipline. You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing any work placement.
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