There will be a substantial component of Personal Development Planning and Work Based Learning in all three years of the course. You will study modules such as Human Development and Learning, Meeting Individual Needs, and Leadership and Professional Development. In the final year, one module will be chosen from a bank of options, and one module will be addressed via independent study - a Dissertation. Your progress on your Dissertation module will be facilitated by a tutor with research and professional interests in the relevant area. This will help you to begin to focus upon a specific Early Years career path. This course is aligned to the new QAA Early Childhood Studies benchmark statements 2014. Candidates with a Foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject could top-up to a full BA (Hons) degree. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.
You will attend College for two days a week and a work placement for two days a week throughout your three years on the course. Placements will be drawn from a range of Early Years settings including: Children’s Centres; Private daycare; Voluntary/Independent Sessional care; Nursery schools and Reception classes; Hospitals and Childminders. Level 4 modules: Human Development and Learning; Challenge, Risk and Safeguarding; Play, Learning and the Environment; Introduction to Research Methods in Early Years, Childhood and Youth; Academic Skills for Early Years, Childhood and Youth; Practical Skills for the Early Years Workforce (Placement). Level 5 modules: Social Policy for Practitioners in Early Years, Childhood and Youth; Practitioner Research for Early Years, Childhood, Youth and Communities; Development and Learning: Theory to Practice; Meeting Individual Needs in Early Years, Childhood and Youth; Working Together for Children and Young People; Developing Practice in Early Years Settings (Placement). Level 6 modules: Social Policy for Leading Practitioners in Early Years, Childhood and Youth ; Leadership and Professional Development in Early Years, Childhood and Youth (Placement); Development, Learning and Society; Dissertation. Plus one option module drawn from: Inclusive Practice in Early Years, Childhood and Youth; Childhood and Youth in a Global Society; International Approaches to Education and Learning.
Teaching and learning are conducted through a variety of methods, which include lectures, group work, seminars, presentations and independent focused research for the dissertation module. Blended learning through the medium of the Moodle (the College's virtual learning environment) is a key feature of the course. You will be assessed by undertaking a range of formative and summative assignments including: Personal Development Planning portfolios; work based learning activities and written reflections; a range of practical tasks and evaluation; individual and group presentations; essays and reports; Individual Research Projects.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants with no formal qualifications will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at Higher Education level. We require a DBS Certificate and the College health check (pre-placement questionnaire) for admission to this course.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Enhanced DBS Certificate for the Child Workforce required.
Successful candidates will be required to complete an online health questionnaire.
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Fees and funding
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