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BA (Hons) Early Years Practice (Top-up) (Full-Time, Evening Study) - 2022 Entry

  • Studied on an evening basis, allowing those who already work in an early years setting to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, around career commitments.
  • Taught and delivered by industry-experienced practitioners, in small classes, offering unrivalled levels of support.
Validated By: Liverpool John Moores University Logo
UCAS Code: X325
Institution Code: S51
Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 1 Year, Full-Time
Campus: St Helens Town Centre
Tuition Fee: £7,995 per year
Entry Requirements: 240 Credits
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Programme Specification: Download Programme Specification
Programme Handbook: Coming Soon
Programme
Leader:
Cath Barker
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Validated By: Liverpool John Moores University Logo
UCAS Code: X325
Institution Code: S51
Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 1 Year, Full-Time
Campus: St Helens Town Centre
Tuition Fee: £7,995 per year
Entry Requirements: 240 Credits
Programme Specification: Download Programme Specification
Programme Handbook: Coming Soon
Programme
Leader:
Cath Barker
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Degree Overview

This degree aims to reflect the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes required by those working with young children in early years' settings, schools, and other areas of children's services.

It also equips students 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, you have the opportunity to explore theoretical concepts in a research context and apply the principles of informed evidence and ethical practice.

Modules

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

Part-time students will be encouraged to begin their dissertation in their first year of part-time study. However, the latest start date for dissertations will be Semester 1 in their final year.

Students may select which of the compulsory core modules they wish to undertake to facilitate the part-time route. Combinations of credits may be 80 and 40 credits over two years or 60 credits in each academic year.

Entry Requirements

For 2022 entry, you will need 240 Credits, gained from FdA Early Years Practice or level 5 equivalent.

All applicants should also hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification as required to be counted within the staff/child ratio within the Early Years Setting. These are set out by the Department for Education and can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-qualifications-finder.

Students who do not hold this formal qualification, or who have only obtained vocational qualifications, will be directed towards an appropriate FdA award.

The level 6 Early Years Practice modules are available as a full-time option to students who have completed a FdA in Early Years, Early Years Practice, Early Childhood Studies or a similar qualification deemed equivalent by the programme team.

Prior Learning and Experience

University Centre St Helens welcomes applications from mature students (aged 21+) and students from a varied range of backgrounds and experience. Offers of a place on the degree will not be based solely upon academic qualifications alone and related skills gained in the workplace will also be considered.

Additional Entry Requirements

All suitably qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Your interview is designed to be an informal meeting and will also provide an opportunity for you to discuss and explore your career interests with the Programme Leader.

DBS Check

All prospective students will be advised at the entry stage that they must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to assess their suitability for access to a range of early years careers. In the event of a disclosure, this must be discussed with the Programme Leader before entry, who will then provide advice relating to placement and future employment criteria within the early years sector.

Information for International Applicants

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, you may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that University Centre St Helens does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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This degree takes a range of approaches to learning and teaching including lectures, seminars, group work, directed tasks, independent research, individual and group tutorials and blended learning. The teaching approach will often be activity-based and participatory.

You will also be required to undertake independent learning, which includes the opportunity to work with a supervising lecturer who offers support as you work towards completing assessments.

Assessment methods include examinations, coursework, assignments and group work tasks.

Tuition Fees

For 2022 entry, tuition fees for full-time study are £7,995 per year.

Additional Costs

Course-Related Travel (Placements/Work Experience/Voluntary/Site Visits Only applicable if on work placement and not employed. Public transport costs will be required to and from placement.

You will be required to complete a DBS check, which will cost around £44.
Equipment and Materials Core texts and reading lists should generally be available in the St Helens Town Centre Campus Library or online via Liverpool John Moores' Moodle and Library Services. However, students may prefer to buy their own copies.

All assignments are submitted through Turnitin.

Students will provide their own day-to-day stationary items e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, students can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover the full cost of tuition fees, which means you don't have to pay anything upfront and there's nothing to pay back until you're qualified and earning over £524 a week, £2,274 a month or £27,295 a year. You may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Visit our finance support page for more information.

Study Enhancement Gift

All new, first year (level 4), full-time undergraduates studying a qualifying Foundation Degree, Bachelor's Degree or Higher National Diploma at University Centre St Helens, will receive a non-repayable Study Enhancement Gift up to the value of £400. This could be a specific gift, such as a laptop, or subject specific equipment, extra qualifications or trips and visits.

For more information, visit our study enhancement gift page.

Careers and Progression

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This degree will allow you to confidently work within early years settings, children's services and even management roles.

As a graduate, you have the opportunity to progress into a range of careers such as:

  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator
  • Nursery Manager
  • Early Years Practitioner

Apply Now

Apply online through UCAS using institution code S51 and course code X325.

Would you like to speak to someone before making your decision?

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