Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Top-up

Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Top-up

This course is for people who have completed a Level 5 Foundation Degree and wish to achieve a full Level 6 BA (Hons) in Early Years. The programme will develop your understanding of how children learn and grow, and the stages of human development. You will enhance your professional knowledge with opportunities to reflect on and improve your practice. You will also have the chance to examine UK and International Early Years policy.

This is a child-focused programme and the units you study will enrich your insights into childhood and learning. Understanding more about the policies and research that are influencing practice is a key part of being a professional practitioner. This course will prepare you for a graduate role in the workplace. You will receive on-going tutorial support as well as academic tutorials. Our aim is for you to take responsibility for your learning and ultimately make a positive contribution to your chosen profession.

Modules
  • Preparing for the Dissertation

  • Literature for Young Children

  • Professional Roles in the Early Years

  • Reflective Practice

  • Outdoor Learning

  • Representations of Childhood

  • Dissertation

Note: The range of units available and the content of any individual module may change.

Entry requirements
  • A Level 5 qualification such as Foundation Degree in Early Years or equivalent sector-endorsed qualification with 240 credits with a grade average of 55% or more across your Level 5 programme

  • A suitable work environment to fulfil the work-based requirement of the course

  • Successful DBS clearance

Additionally, you should have at least 2 years’ experience of working or volunteering in an educational setting prior to commencing the course. English Language at grade 4 or above is also desirable.

Students who are non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels indicated below.

IELTS Academic – An overall score of 6, with a minimum score of 5.5 in all 4 components.

We require evidence of international qualifications at point of application. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to consider applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is taught through a range of methods including: Lectures, seminars and workshops · Group work strategies to include, discussion and the consideration of and development of resources · The development of online resources and portfolios · Group and independent projects that will benefit your institution and your own professional development. A range of assessment types are employed throughout the Modules and will enable students to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways, including essays, reports, and presentations. There are no formal written exams. In modules with more than one assignment, you must pass both in order to pass the module. Further details of the assignment tasks relating to each module will be provided in each Module Handbook.

Future career and study opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) via a separate provider. If you wish to continue teacher training, you will be eligible to undertake a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).

There are many job roles open to you including:

  • Early Years Teacher

  • Early Years Manager

  • Primary School Teacher

  • Educational or Child Psychologist or Therapist

  • Special Needs Advisor

  • Play Therapist

  • Safeguarding Officer

  • Family Support Worker

Contact

If you have a question about this or any other University Centre course, email headmissions@newcollege.ac.uk

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