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Course summary

This course is suitable for all those who work supporting the development of children aged 0-5 and wish to develop their professional practice. You will develop your understanding of how best to create and maintain positive conditions that support young children’s learning and development, by critically investigating and evaluating the theories, knowledge, policies and legislation that underpin current good practice. In addition you will develop academic skills that will improve your work performance and your career opportunities. The course runs full time for two years starting in Early September and finishing in mid to late May. Students attend for one full day 9:30am - 4:30pm. The day will be confirmed at interview. (further information will be given should you secure an interview).


Year 1 Core modules (students are required to take): • Values and Roles of a Principled Professional • Theories of Learning and Development • Power, Inclusion and Diversity of Need Students are required to choose one option module from: • Healthy Teams Supporting Healthy Children, Families and Communities • Creating an Ideal Play Environment • Higher Level Teaching Assistant Preparation Level 4 Year 2 Core modules (students are required to take): • Safeguarding and Promoting Wellbeing • Reflecting on Research Informed Practice Students are required to choose one option module from: • Specialist Co-ordinator Roles • Behaviour and Learning in an Interconnected World Students are required to choose one option module from: • Risks, Rights and Social Justice in a Sustainable Society • Play and Early Learning • Higher Level Teaching Assistant Preparation Level 5

Assessment method

Assessment is through a mixture of reports, essays, presentations etc

How to apply

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Barnsley College Higher Education Church Street Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We no longer accept Tier 4 International applications

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You must have a Level 2 Literacy qualification e.g. GCSE English Language Grade C/4, Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

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Fees are quoted for 2022 entry and may be subject to change for 2023
Supporting Early Years Practice at Barnsley College Higher Education - UCAS