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.
There are two pathways for this course: a Practitioner Pathway and a Non-Practitioner Pathway. Your choice will be dictated by whether you are already working within an early years setting and whether you already possess a vocationally related qualification. In Year 2 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. For practitioners you will have the opportunity to develop your skills with CPD units from the Diploma.
The modules studied may include:
• The Reflective Practitioner
• The Child in Society
• Introduction to Leadership and Management
• Child Health and Wellbeing
• Dissertation: Primary Research or Secondary Research
Teaching and Assessment
There 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.
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.
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
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