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Take a fresh look at childhood. Exploring the theory and reality of children’s early years from many points of view, this innovative course will help you find your niche in this competitive sector. Investigate issues through the lenses of sociology, social psychology, history, and philosophy. Work directly with young children and their families on placements at home or abroad for up to a year. Graduate with a clear view of where your career is going. Additional Information about this Course: • 90 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 97 per cent of students were in work/study six months after graduating. • Explore the relationships between play and learning in your own studies as well as in child development • Expand your options beyond traditional teaching and open up further career opportunities in education, social care, community work, psychology, management and research. • See for yourself how theories and policies are applied in practice by visiting a wide range of mainstream and specialist early years settings. • Learn on the job with work-based modules to help you gain the practical skills employers are looking for. • Take a broader view of children’s development by studying the subject in practical, historical and international contexts. • Develop essential skills through a variety of coursework-based assessments – from essays, surveys and child observations to group presentations and video commentaries. • Learn from experienced lecturers and tutors who are actively engaged in national and international research projects. • Make the most of the opportunities presented by being part of a department that has strong links with universities in Europe, Canada, Africa and the USA and through the International Students’ Exchange Programme.
In the first year, you’ll get an overview of the factors that affect children’s lives and begin considering your own professional identity within the sector. You’ll explore how children grow and develop, drawing on the latest research around thinking, playing and learning. You’ll also gain an understanding of different approaches to observing children. Modules on social policy and equality and diversity will introduce you to key contemporary issues. Your second year focuses on developing your analytical and reflective skills, and expands your hands-on experience of early years roles. You will develop your understanding of research while studying children’s development and communication. You’ll choose two modules from a range of options including disability, the developing world, children’s well-being in the developing world and families in focus. You’ll work directly with young children and families, learning both academically and practically from these experiences. In the final stage of the programme you will be helped to make the transition from ‘knowledge consumer’ to ‘knowledge producer’. You will use your developing knowledge and experience to challenge, extend and critique other people’s ideas and your own. You will plan and carry out a research project to develop and disseminate understanding of what you have identified as an area of interest and you will continue to develop your capacity to act as a strong advocate for young children and families. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
Assessment is 100% coursework
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact [email protected]
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.|
|A level||96-112 UCAS points including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM - DMM||Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.|
|Scottish Higher||Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.|
|AS||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D*||Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||96-112 UCAS points to include two Advanced Highers. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalents|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||26 - 27 points||28 points overall. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalents|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Extended Project||Considered alongside other qualifcations.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H4, H4, H4, H4 - H3, H3, H4, H4, H4||Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalents|
GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/ 4 or above.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||With 5.5 in all elements.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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