Early Childhood Studies - BA Hons (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
This course is predominantly aimed at people already employed by the sector, who want to gain access to up-to-date knowledge and skills directly relevant to their area of work. Throughout the programme, you will develop a sound understanding of the principles underpinning the role of an early years practitioner and learn different approaches to solving problems at work.
Course Entry Requirements
PLEASE NOTE – Only students who have studied the Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Early Years at Blackpool and The Fylde College and achieve a PASS will be considered for this Top up course.
You will be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) within an Early Years setting for a minimum of 1 day per week whilst on the course.
You will be required to supply a letter of support from employer (paid/voluntary) at enrolment.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
Only students who have studied the Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Early Years at Blackpool and The Fylde College and have achieved a minimum of a Pass will be considered for this top-up course. You will also be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) within an Early Years setting for a minimum of 1 day per week whilst on the course. You will also be required to supply a letter of support from your employer (paid/voluntary) at enrolment.
Career Options and Progression
Many of our students wish to pursue Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and are able to progress from Year 3 of the B.A. (Hons) to a PGCE. Others have progressed to CETAD and have successfully gained EYP status and are leading practice locally in the field.
There are several career opportunities within the early years sector including
Early Years Support Workers
Reception class support
Modules and Assessment
The BA (Hons) top-up was a response to the needs of employers and the sector in general; however, it also reflects the aspirations of many practitioners to gain higher level practical, managerial and technical skills, whilst at the same time enabling them to gain a higher educational qualification. This will facilitate career progression into supervisory, managerial and training roles within the sector.
Level 6 Modules
SM6MD002 Effective Practice - 20 credits
SM6MD004 Professional Development - 30 credits
SM6MD001 Communication & Relationships - 20 credits
SM6MD003 Dissertation - 30 credits
SM6MD020 Leading Practice in the Early Years (Optional) - 20 credits
SM6MD021 International Perspectives on the Early Years (Optional) - 20 credits
Assessment will include a variety of formal and informal, summative and formative techniques all of which will be capable of independent verification. Assessment methods will:
- reflect and support the programme aims and learning outcomes. They will for example; reflect local application of national initiatives, offer the opportunity to reflect upon real work experience and practice, and encourage exploration of alternatives to received wisdom in the care and education of young children.
- provide feedback to the student and indicate ways in which to improve
- contribute to the grading of coursework, module and final award
- assist in formulating a student profile for personal development
- enable students to use their working environment as a resource for assessment
SM6MD002 Effective Practice - 100% Coursework
SM6MD004 Professional Development - 100% Coursework
SM6MD001 Communication & Relationships - 100% Coursework
SM6MD003 Dissertation - 100% Coursework
SM6MD020 Leading Practice in the Early Years (Optional) - 100% Coursework
SM6MD021 International Perspectives on the Early Years (Optional) - 100% Coursework
Teaching and Learning Methods
Whilst lectures, seminars and practical workshops feature strongly in the teaching and learning strategy, we will be making considerable use of alternative methods of delivery and study, particularly online options such as tutor and self-assessment revision tests and formative exercises, power-point and other software-based lecture material, learning portals and hyper-linked resource-materials. Students may expect therefore to participate in a wide variety of learning activities including; live and online projects, presentations and discussion alongside more traditional modes of delivery.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Work-based learning is central to the structure of the scheme of the degree and students on the course must be actively employed in an early years setting, on either a paid or voluntary basis, for a minimum of 240 hours each year (minimum 8 hours per week over 30 weeks).
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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