BA (Hons) Early Years Practice - 2018 Entry

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Reasons to study Early Years Practice

  • Small class sizes, offering unrivalled student to lecturer contact time.
  • Natural progression route from the FdA Early Years Practice degree at University Centre St Helens.
  • Support your practical experience with theoretical knowledge, allowing you to explore careers in a wide range of Early Years settings.
Institution Code: S51
Start Date / End Date: September 2018 - May 2019
Duration: 1 year
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Cath Barker
Telephone: 01744 623304
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The BA (Hons) Early Years Practice aims to reflect the common core of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required by those working with young children in early years' settings, schools and other areas of children's services. In particular, the programme aims to equip learners with the subject knowledge, understanding, characteristics and skills described in the QAA Early Childhood Studies Benchmark Statements (2014) and associated with the children's workforce.

Covering a range of modules, including The Early Childhood Professional, Principles and Pedagogy in Early Childhood and International Perspectives in Early Childhood, this degree course provides students with the opportunity to explore theoretical concepts in a research context and to apply the principles of evidence informed and ethical practice, to providing a range of transferable skills required for success in employment, including ICT, teamwork, critical thinking, reflection, problem solving and communication.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

  • ED6702 The Early Childhood Professional 20 credits
  • ED6704 Contemporary Issues in the Early Years 20 credits
  • ED6705 Dissertation 40 credits
  • ED6706 Principles and Pedagogy in Early Childhood 20 credits
  • ED6708 International Perspectives in Early Childhood 20 credits

How will I study?

The programme includes a range of approaches to learning and teaching including lectures, seminars, group work, directed tasks, independent research and individual, group tutorials and blended learning. Students will also be required to undertake a range of independent learning, which includes the opportunity to work with a supervising tutor who offers support as students work towards completing assessments. Methods of delivery will be aimed at achieving the acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding in order to develop an informed insight into current early years practice and issues. Theoretical perspectives explored in taught sessions will enable students to reflect upon and share their knowledge and experience and relate this to current thinking. The teaching approach will often be activity based and participatory with students expected to take a full and responsible part. Throughout the programme, students will be encouraged to reflect critically; to listen carefully to the views of others, to question values and opinions, to investigate evidence and draw their own, informed conclusions. Evaluating knowledge and understanding, developed through the different modules, may be linked to theoretical concepts and practice in early years settings. Students are encouraged to progress as independent learners and to develop the skills of collaboration and negotiation. The learning and teaching experience, both theoretical and practical, will offer a range of opportunities to develop the skills of the reflective practitioner, a theme which is integral throughout all modules.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include examinations, coursework/assignments and group work tasks. Assessment is a vital part of the teaching/learning process and the feedback that is provided is a key element of the teaching provided by tutors. The diversity of assessments used encourages the development of a range of skills, whilst allowing all students to build on their strengths. Varying the assessment tasks and ensuring the assessment is integral to the learning process and supports the completion of tasks. Assessments will include a variety of formal, informal, formative and summative techniques. The assessment of each element of study will be specified within individual module specifications.

Ref: Cath Barker



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““Completing a range of placements as part of my course prepared me for my career. I now work with children with special educational needs. ”

Sophie, Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

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