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Course snapshot Early childhood is viewed as the most formative period of our lives, shaping the foundations for our whole future. On University College Birmingham's Early Childhood Studies degree course, you'll gain the essential academic knowledge and practical experience to help meet the needs of children and families and the demand for highly-qualified graduate practitioners in the sector. Enhanced by the inclusion of the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies, our course provides a range of placement and enrichment opportunities allowing you to engage with multiple perspectives within early childhood, paving the way to a wide range of rewarding careers working with children. Who’s the course for? This course provides an ideal foundation for students seeking a career working with children, including areas such as nursery management and special needs. If you wish to move into teaching, our course also provides an excellent basis to progress onto a PGCE course. Why should I study the course?
- Our course is one of the first in the country to incorporate the new Graduate Practitioner Competencies status, helping you stand out when applying for graduate roles.
- You'll be able to take advantage of diverse enrichment opportunities including Makaton training, baby massage or Lego therapy as well as trips to Forest Schools.
- Our course includes compulsory work placements (200 hours per year), giving you extensive real-world experience alongside your studies.
- Family link officer (for the prison service)
- Family support worker
- Out of school club manager
- Nursery manager/owner
- Nursery supervisor/room leader
- Mentoring/TA roles in schools
- Pastoral/attendance officer in schools
- Support worker roles for children’s charities
- Children’s travel representative
- Museum education officer
- Personal learning coach in colleges
- Early years lecturer
- Nurturing Children's Health and Wellbeing
- Introduction to the Early Years Framework
- The Child in Society
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Play
- Growth, Learning and Development
- Pioneers, Pedagogy and Philosophy
- Child Protection and Safety in Practice
- Effective Leadership and Management Skills
- Child Development
- Developing Research
- SEND within the Early Years Sector
- Creativity and Play in the Early Years
- Children of the Future
- Transition of Childhood
- Leading and Managing Systems
- Enhancing Employability for Graduate Practice
- Socio-historical Aspects of Childhood
- Children's Voice
Teaching Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 13 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 4 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
- Field trips and visits
- Assessment for nine distinct competencies – to achieve Graduate Practitioner Competencies status
- Coursework - 100% (with the exception of an assessment in one module)
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How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/ucb-direct-apply Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.
All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/direct-application/intro Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.
|UCAS Tariff||96 points||Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email email@example.com.|
|A level||CCC||UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM||This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 15 credits||You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.|
|Scottish Higher||You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2.|
|HNC (BTEC)||P||A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.|
|HND (BTEC)||P||A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.|
Academic Progression Programme (APP) Students who fall short of the 96 UCAS Tariff points (but no less than 60 UCAS points) are still welcome to apply for the BA Early Childhood Studies. In such cases, you will be asked to attend a progression module prior to the start of your course (commencing in June) which requires you to attend a series of lectures and tutorials plus the completion of three assessments. On successful completion of the progression module, students will be offered a place on the degree. Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill|
|IELTS (Academic)||BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component|
|Institution's Own Test||BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component|
To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.
UCB English Language Requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|