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Course summary

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Graduate Practitioner Competencies is a course designed to support you to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to work effectively in meeting the needs of babies and young children from 0 – 8 years old, and their families. The course covers theoretical and practical aspects of early childhood, with a strong commitment to social justice and promoting equity. As you progress throughout the course, you will develop the skills and confidence needed to be an agent for change, discovering and building on your passion in advocating for children to make a positive contribution both to their lives and to the early childhood sector. Through both course modules and on placement, you will work towards Graduate Practitioner Competencies, gathering knowledge and practical experience in understanding the fundamental aspects of working with babies and young children. This is part of our commitment to supporting you in preparing for the world of work. This course can open doors into a variety of professions related to Early Childhood, and we will support and guide you as you discover the role that suits you best. Placement opportunities across all three years of the degree will enable you to work and learn alongside a variety of professionals delivering services that support the wellbeing, development and learning needs of babies and young children. Student placements can include early years settings (nurseries), primary schools, and health and social care sectors (so can include hospitals, home visits). Opportunities may include charities such as Barnardo's, children and family hubs, museums, family support centres, Action for Children, Children's Quarter (an organisation for inclusion), SEND settings, playgroups, and libraries among many other organisations. We also draw on employers and professionals who provide some guest lectures, offering insight into their experiences alongside our own tutors. Our tutors on the programme come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and are research active, understanding the demands of study, work, and family life. They are committed to the same agenda of social justice, social mobility and social responsibility that forms the underpinning philosophy of the programme. Gaining knowledge and understanding of babies’ and young children’s developmental, well-being and learning needs is a common theme throughout the course. You will build the skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to meet those needs and discover how you can respond in creative, reflective and analytical ways to issues relating to early childhood, being mindful of the need to adopt a resourceful approach. As well as learning about policy, practice, and provision within the field of Early Childhood, we will encourage you to become a graduate who is outward-looking with an awareness of global issues that relate to the field of Early Childhood. We will support you to develop your personal and professional skills, including your resilience, to become self-assured and assertive so that you can be influential in developing practice, policy, and provision in your future career. We provide you with a supportive and nurturing learning environment, which will enable you to take risks as you explore and find out new things about early childhood, as well as yourself. Our aim is for you to be confident to meet the challenges of a changing society, and competent as a researcher in gathering and analysing data to evaluate and plan for change. You will have the opportunity to become a graduate who can demonstrate a real commitment to the youngest and sometimes most vulnerable citizens in our society, with the ability to manage change and lead others effectively to make a positive impact on babies, young children, and their families.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education, NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (from September 2014), NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator), NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care: B. Considered with A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s). NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator), NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator): A*. Considered with A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no subtest below 5.5

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6, with no subtest below 5.5 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.

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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
EU £16085 Year 1
International £16085 Year 1

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Childhood Studies at Birmingham City University - UCAS