• Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    The Preparatory year is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the traditional degree course.
  • Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    The Preparatory year is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the traditional degree course.
  • Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    The Preparatory year is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the traditional degree course.
  • Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    The Preparatory year is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the traditional degree course.
  • Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    Early Years with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
    The Preparatory year is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the traditional degree course.

Overview

If you do not meet the requirements for the three year honours degrees, you should consider this option. The Preparatory year is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the traditional degree course. The Preparatory year is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and grounding to get the most from higher education. Through the mix of modules taken in this year you will gain confidence, develop new skills, and gain knowledge which will give you the essential preparation for success in your chosen degree.

The first year of the 4 year course is the Foundation Year:

  • Academic Writing and Reflective Practice
  • Safeguarding
  • Child Development
  • Contemporary Issues or Play
  • Project Study

  • 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 within settings will be maintained and developed through mentorship roles in settings, a specific handbook will support students during their placement experience. 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

The acquisition of knowledge is achieved through tutor led input such as interactive lectures, seminars and groups work.

The design of the Teaching and Learning approaches used across this programme incrementally builds from basic skills and knowledge acquisition to developing deeper understanding and application of the key topics, themes and content.

Applying the theory and knowledge learnt to practical situations and developing academic research skills and methods.

Students’ achievement and progress is supported by the teaching team through interventions at key transition points within each level, e.g. through tutorials, workshops and also by input from Academic Skills Lecturers. By employing a variety of teaching delivery methods the needs and learning styles of each student are addressed.

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Key Information
Start date:
September 2017
Institutional code:
O10
UCAS code:
X12X
Duration:
4 years (1 year Foundation, 3 years Degree course)
Course type:
Full Time
Places available:
25
Fees per year:
£7500
Additional Costs:
DBS check minimum £44
WIS:
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Entry Requirements

Admission to the Preparatory Year will be 80-120 UCAS points. The University Campus considers each application on its own merits, and does consider alternative experience and qualifications for entry onto degree programmes. The Preparatory start year offers students the opportunity to develop academic skills and areas of professional knowledge to support the transition to the full BA (Hons) or other appropriate courses such as FdA Children and Young People to those applicants who may not meet the full degree entry requirements. The Preparatory year is also a time to achieve Maths GCSE at grade C or above and English GCSE grade C or above whilst studying if either or both have not yet been achieved.

Transition to the BA (Hons) Early Years or the FdA Children and Young People will rely on a PASS and guidance will be offered to each student to ensure transition to a course is available that meets each students needs and aspirations. DBS check and process organised by the university during enrolment, registration and induction. DBS clearance will need to be achieved before any work placement can begin. The DBS will be paid for by the applicant.

It will be desirable that applicants are able to demonstrate appropriate personal qualities and attitudes for working with young children and their families.

An interview or applicant day attendance will be expected before an offer is made.

Non-standard applicants may be considered for entry without meeting all the admissions requirements and must demonstrate during interview that they have sufficient general academic skills to be able to undertake the course with relevant experience related to work with young children and young people and their families in the community.

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