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BA HonsEarly Childhood Education

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Overview

This course will give you in-depth knowledge of Early Years education (0-8), and children’s development in learning and thinking – taking a holistic approach to child needs.

You will explore Early Years curricula, Inclusion, early representations of literacy and numeracy, leadership and management in the Early Years and reflect upon the role of adults in a child’s education.

This will fully prepare you for a diverse range of professions in the Early Years, and for further, possibly postgraduate, study or teacher training.

You will explore your individual interests through personal study and work placements in all three years. You are encouraged to gain voluntary experience and reflect upon your experiences and professional development in your academic work.

Programme structure

Year 1

Introduction to Degree Study
Early Child Development
Early Years Curriculum Studies
Sociology of Education and childhood

Year 2

Early Representation of Literacy and Numeracy
Inclusive Education in the Early Years.
Research Methods
Creativity and the Curriculum*
Understanding the Workplace*
Family, Community and Culture*
The Lifelong Curriculum*

Year 3

Early Years Education Dissertation
Supporting Early Learning from Birth to Five.
Leadership and Management in the Early Years
Contexts for Learning in the Early Years
Analysing the Workplace*
Developing Teaching*

*denotes options

Career opportunities

Developing your employability is central to the degree both within the curriculum and in the extra-curricular activities promoted by the course team. You will undertake placements in Early Years settings each year in a core unit where you will gain practical experience of teaching and learning in the Early Years; you will have the option of taking another work-based learning unit in levels 5 and 6.

Real-life case studies drawn from Early Years practice are used which will allow you to make the links between your academic work and professional practice. This will help you develop your professional skills in readiness for the workplace.

Visiting speakers from a range of disciplines within the Early Years field support your awareness of professional practice in context. The course team works closely with the Careers and Employability Service to promote relevant paid and volunteer work.

As well as providing the background needed for application to teacher training, this course offers graduates potential career options within a wide range of careers working with children such as working in a leadership capacity in private, voluntary or independent nurseries or children’s centres, social care, education welfare, charities.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States