• Early Years BA (Hons)
    Early Years BA (Hons)
    The course has a clear emphasis and focus on Early Years and the importance of high quality early years practitioners and provision. The course provides the foundations that prepare young children and babies for the best start in life.
  • Early Years BA (Hons)
    Early Years BA (Hons)
    The course has a clear emphasis and focus on Early Years and the importance of high quality early years practitioners and provision. The course provides the foundations that prepare young children and babies for the best start in life
  • Early Years BA (Hons)
    Early Years BA (Hons)
    The course has a clear emphasis and focus on Early Years and the importance of high quality early years practitioners and provision. The course provides the foundations that prepare young children and babies for the best start in life
  • Early Years BA (Hons)
    Early Years BA (Hons)
    The course has a clear emphasis and focus on Early Years and the importance of high quality early years practitioners and provision. The course provides the foundations that prepare young children and babies for the best start in life
  • Early Years BA (Hons)
    Early Years BA (Hons)
    The course has a clear emphasis and focus on Early Years and the importance of high quality early years practitioners and provision. The course provides the foundations that prepare young children and babies for the best start in life

Overview

The course has a clear emphasis and focus on Early Years and the importance of high quality early years practitioners and provision. The course provides the foundations that prepare young children and babies for the best start in life.

So if you're aspiring to be an early years specialist, and passionate about working with children and their families in those early years, then this course could be for you.

You'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of issues in relation to children and early childhood, including working in teams, learning and development, research, literacy and maths and effective practice. A key element of the course is placement with practical skills and knowledge and experience being a feature to help develop the skills required by employers.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers who have a wealth of experience in HE and within the sector.

  • Professional Practice with Placement (compulsory)
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Learning and Development
  • Working with People in Teams
  • Society, Families and Children

  • Professional Practice 2 with Placement
  • Safeguarding (compulsory)
  • Research Methods
  • The Developing Child
  • Early Literacy and Mathematics

  • Major Study
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Supporting children’s Learning
  • Global Perspectives
  • EAL and Effective Practice

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on professional learning in the workplace. Work placement is an essential element that runs through every level of the programme, all students will complete a DBS clearance prior to entry on the programme, and this will enable them to fulfil the requirements of professional practice. Students will be supported on placement by a team of experienced tutors. Relationships with settings will be maintained and developed through mentorship roles in settings, a specific handbook will support students during their placementexperience. Students will have at least one visit from their tutor whilst on placement where their practice is observed and guidance in meeting the professional standards is offered.

Students will take part in professional practice that is linked to 40 credit modules in year 2 and 3 of the programme a preparatory placement will be organised in year 1 to support the skills for employability and reflective practice.

Shadow visits will help enhance practice skills and develop students experience and knowledge of the sector and its requirements.

In year 2 and 3 students will be achieving the skills that are required to demonstrate the achievement of The standards from the National College of Teaching and Leadership (June 2014). This ensures that students and the course meets Early Years Educator criteria and the requirements of the qualification framework.

Early Years Teacher Status (EYT)
PGCE Early Years
School Direct or Teach First. Graduate Teacher Programme
Masters
Supervisory Roles
Manager Roles
Assistant Healthcare Professional (NICU)
Post Natal and Multi-Disciplinary Practice

Students who are completing the Professional Route should be expecting to advance their career through promotion and advanced practice recognition and status. These roles might include SENCO, Safeguarding Room Leader or Manager roles.

Interactive lectures and seminar sessions are presented by skilled and motivated staff who actively engage in their own professional and scholarly development, who are able to provide a stimulating and challenging learning environment. The Early Years team are passionate about their practice and their teaching and have their roots established in a collective of professional skills, knowledge and experience they are able to bring to the learning, teaching and assessment approach at UCO. This approach enables the acquisition of knowledge, supports a diversity of learning and achievement and above all facilitates inclusion and aspiration. This approach provides students with a personalised experience that supports employability and the development of a wide range of skills and qualities. The course tutors aim to provide learning and teaching sessions that are relevant and current and that culminate into a coherent learning journey over three years.

Interactive Lectures, Seminars and Tutorial sessions are supported through UCO VLE (Moodle) where students are encouraged to engage with course content and additional material to enhance learning, this would include information about the teaching team, programme handbooks and placement information along with links to module handbooks and module content. This approach is aimed at enhancing the student experience and offering wider learning to support core martial for those students who wish to engage more deeply. The Early Years Facebook page also supports this approach.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment is also supported by key and current guest speakers who form part of the year 1 tutorial programme and inform the content of secessions in year 2 and in year 3. Guest speakers are drawn from the Alumni group, from the local voluntary sector and from services that are relevant to informing effective practice in the sector.

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Key Information
Start date:
September 2017
Institutional code:
O10
UCAS code:
XX12
Duration:
3 years
Course type:
Full Time
Places available:
25
Fees per year:
£7500
WIS:
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Entry Requirements

96 UCAS Points

Essential:
English GCSE at Grade C or above Maths GCSE at Grade C or above DBS check and process organised by the university during enrolment, registration and induction. DBS clearance on both courses will need to be achieved before any work placement can begin. The DBS will be paid for by the applicant.

Desirable:
Be able to demonstrate appropriate personal qualities and attitudes for working with young children and their families. Attend interview as required

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