Awarded by University of East London
The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme provides a critical, comprehensive and interdisciplinary preparation for multi-professional work in the early childhood sector.
This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:
- Gain knowledge, understanding and a critical appreciation of early childhood studies;
- Understand the development, needs and experience of young children, and the services which support them, particularly in relation to children with special needs and/or disabilities.
- Achieve a foundation for employment, professional and further academic study in the early years domain;
- Become a skilful and adaptable graduate.
What you will learn:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding and practical skills relevant to academic study and professional practice in early childhood settings
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of early childhood Studies and of the structural, institutional, personal and cultural systems and ideas which affect the experience and construction of childhood
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding about physical and intellectual development in early childhood and early childhood provision and organisations
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies to remove barriers to participation for children with special needs and/or disabilities in the early years.
- analyse practical and theoretical situations, in the context of child development and childhood, and synthesise solutions showing original and creative thought
- plan, manage and reflect on their own learning and progression in acquiring graduate attributes appropriate for entry to teacher training or other early childhood careers
Subject-Based Practical skills
- communicate appropriately and effectively in a range of modes and media
- relate appropriate theory to early childhood practice
- demonstrate understanding of research methodology by applying this knowledge to
- undertake a small-scale research project
Skills for life and work (general skills)
- demonstrate autonomy, self-reliance, teamwork and leadership.
- develop transferable graduate skills in communication and interpersonal relationships
- ‘A’ Levels or Equivalent accepted by university
- Language Requirement : GCE ‘O’ C6 in EL1 or IELTS 5.5
- Full-time: 24 months (8 months per level)
- Part-time: 36 months (12 months per level)
The award of Bachelor’s Degree with Honours will be made if you satisfy the requirements for the award. The award is governed by a Standard Undergraduate Regulations (SUAR) and in order to achieve the honours degree you must gain 360 credits. Each module carries a specified number of credits and the course is designed to give you 120 credits at each level of study.
The final award is classified as follows:
- First Class an average mark of 70% or above
- Second Class Division 1 an average mark of 60% or above but below 70%
- Second Class Division 2 an average mark of 50% or above but below 60%
- Third Class an average mark of 40% or above but below 50%
The award of BA in Early Childhood Studies will be awarded if you gain a minimum of 300 credits with at least 60 at level 6.
This course is not accredited by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). Graduates who wish to work in the local early childhood sector will need to submit an application to ECDA for Teacher Registration via a preschool. Approval by ECDA will be subjected to the applicant meeting the requirements for Teacher Registration.
The course is delivered through a variety of engaging, interactive and hands-on modes, which include face-to-face sessions, small group discussions, directed tasks/individual study.
The close links between teaching, learning and assessment will be emphasised throughout the course. The development of a variety of assessment tasks integrated with the learning and teaching programme will ensure that you are given relevant and meaningful activities with specific outcomes. Many of your assessments will expect you to draw on your experience and work in placements.
Examples of assessment include:
- Reflective accounts
- Group Poster presentations
- Observational notes
- Case Study reports
- Seminar presentation
- Digital presentations
Year 1 (UK-NQF Level 4):
|Pedagogy: Supporting Development in the Early Years
|Perspectives of Early Childhood Development
|Children in their Social Contexts
|Children with Additional Needs and Children's Health
|Issues and Controversies in Early Childhood Development
|Observing, Documenting and Researching with Children, Families and Practitioners
|Social Policy for Children and Families
|Advocating for Children: National and international Contexts
Year 3 (UK-NQF Level 6):
|Early Childhood Research Dissertation
|Leading and Managing Partnerships in the Early Years
|Children, Culture and Globalisation
|Multimodal Learning in Early Childhood