Childhood Studies with Early Years with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

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This course includes an additional foundation year at the start of the course which helps prepare you for full time undergraduate study. It is a 4 year course and available to you if you didn't quite meet the entry requirements or want longer to prepare for full time study. At the end of the foundation year you will begin to study the 3 year degree plan, and you will qualify with the same degree award at the end of the course. This course has a shared first year across multiple specialisms, after your first year if you want to study a different specialism you can choose to change to Childhood Studies with Primary Education. Why study at BNU? Studying with us, you'll develop the deep insight and knowledge you need to become a valued and trusted support for the children and families you work with in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and work with front-line professionals who can help you feel confident and resilient for whatever path you choose beyond graduation. Our lecturers are experts and have rich experiences to share that will make your learning come to life. They're all former practitioners themselves meaning they can tell you all about the realities of working with children in different settings. It also means that what you learn in the classroom will always be linked to real-life practice. In addition to our strong professional backgrounds, we also pride ourselves on our friendly and approachable teaching staff, who make you feel included and valued as a student. And we feel it’s important to not only teach you the theory but give you examples of how the theory meets the practice. What will I study? This pathway is ideal if you are considering a career in an early years related field. We’ll focus on things like teamwork, presentation skills, role play, and communication both with colleagues and, crucially, with the children and families you support. These skills are so important in the early years sector, as well as this, we will study pedagogy, play development, wellbeing and child development in early years. Career prospects Once you’ve graduated with your degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies, you’ll be well qualified to think about several different careers. You could consider completing teacher training via School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Early Years Initial Teacher Training, or even a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You can also choose to study one of our postgraduate course like PGCert Practice Education here at BNU. If teaching isn’t your thing, how about progressing into a position in social work, special needs, play therapy, charities and international development work. You could even consider training and assessment in the public or private sector – your options really are endless!


Foundation Year Core Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Ways of Learning about the Social World Year one Core Introduction to childhood studies The developing professional Fundamentals of placement practice Safeguarding Children Theories of child development Capturing professional development 1 Year two Core Born to learn; play and creativity Inclusion Introduction to research methods 21st Century families Capturing professional development 2 Year three Core The early years landscape, policy and practice Research project Capturing professional development 3 Optional Modules Exploring children’s literature Supporting children’s emotional wellbeing Education and Sustainability Learning and teaching with technology

Assessment method

At BNU, your future career is always at the heart of everything we do. This programme will give you the opportunity to develop important employability and transferable skills, so you'll feel well prepared for the world of work. The mental health and wellbeing of children is a core theme within this course, and we will be covering the difficult but important topic of supporting them through loss and grief. We’ll focus on things like teamwork, presentation skills, role play, and communication both with colleagues and, crucially, with the children and families you support. These skills are so important in the early years sector. The delivery of this course has been designed in a way to allow you to have a part-time job or volunteer in an educational setting while you study. We assess your work in a number of different ways to reflect the different learning styles our students have, some of which are listed below: essays and reports poster presentation or children’s books with explanatory rationale powerPoint presentations with explanatory rationale or reflective commentary collage (a series of images used to illustrate the benefits of play) images (a series of sequential images to illustrate an aspect of childhood) reflective commentaries. observations of practice projects and exhibitions micro-teaching sessions training materials professional discussion portfolio of evidence

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Childhood Studies with Early Years with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS