Early Years


CAREER PATHS: Childcare Leadership and Management, Nursery Teacher, Special Educational Needs Teacher.


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2.7 million people work in the Childcare/Early Years industry in the UK. There are over 105,000 providers of childcare and early years education. Contrary to what people may think, it is a gender equality sector - many males work in childcare and early years.

Early Years Courses

Foundation Degree Early Years


Professionals working within the Early Years Care and Education sector have highly responsible and rewarding roles. The sector has gone through immense change, but remains a foundation stone in the lives of young children and their families. The importance of giving babies and young children a good start in life cannot be underestimated often in a challenging socio-economic environment locally, nationally and globally. If you are thinking of building a career in the Early Years sector this Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years course will give you the platform to enhance your current role or take the next step towards becoming a graduate professional. The course examines theories of child development, play and learning (including the role of the adult), and presents a thorough appreciation of international and cultural perspectives. Through lectures, seminars and workshops, students gain a greater understanding of policy as well as regulatory and legislative frameworks. Once qualified, you can then move on to a full honours degree through our BA programme. Students will study the following Modules: YEAR ONE: • Studying Policy and Practice • Communication & Language in the Foundation Stage • Physical Development • Introduction to Reflective Practice • Personal, Social and Emotional Development • Mathematics in the Early Years YEAR TWO: • Inclusive Practice • Well-being in the Early Years • Research Policy and Practice • Leadership and Management in the Early Years • Issues in Child Development • Independent Study: Curriculum Study.

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Foundation Degree Educational Practice


This work-based foundation degree course is aimed at those wishing to enter, or progress their careers in the educational sector. Applicants must be either employed or volunteers in a school or college. In the first year, students are taught to develop an understanding of how individuals learn – in particular, in the subjects of literacy and mathematics. In the second year, wider education issues such as reflective practice and mentoring are taught, and students will undertake a practice relevant research project. Once this Level 5 Foundation Degree in Educational Practice is successfully completed, students can progress to a one-year programme leading to an honours degree. Students will study the following Modules: YEAR ONE • Developing Skills for Learning • Understanding How Individuals Learn and Develop • Technology in Learning • Developing Literacy • Developing Mathematics • Understanding Planning for Learning • Equality and Diversity YEAR TWO • Mentoring and Pastoral Support • Supporting Individual Needs • Developing Reflective Practice • Impact of Behaviour on Learning • Preparing for Practice Based Study • Research Project.

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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up)


This Honours Degree Level 6 programme, is available as a full-time one year option or can be studied part-time over two years. It is designed to extend the knowledge gained from previous Level 5 studies, developing practitioners’ understanding of Early Years further and preparing students for roles in leadership and management, or for specialist early years roles in a variety of disciplines, including teaching. In this highly responsible profession, there is demand for highly skilled, well-educated staff to work alongside other professionals, to drive up standards, and maintain high quality provision for young children in an increasingly socially and economically challenging environment. The Modules of study will challenge students to examine theory and practice, becoming an agent for change, and developing professional competence and confidence, in a variety of roles and settings. The Dissertation is a major independent research project which helps the individual to develop key skills in research and project management, and allows them to focus on a relevant topic of their choosing, in detail. This will be agreed with the Tutor at the outset of the programme. Students will study the following Modules: . Controversial Issues in Education (Double Module) . Equality & Identity . Research Methods . Reflective Practice . Outdoor Learning . Dissertation (Double Module).

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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up) PT


This Honours Degree Level 6 programme, is available as a full-time one year option or can be studied part-time over two years. It is designed to extend the knowledge gained from previous Level 5 studies, developing practitioners’ understanding of Early Years further and preparing students for roles in leadership and management, or for specialist early years roles in a variety of disciplines, including teaching. In this highly responsible profession, there is demand for highly skilled, well-educated staff to work alongside other professionals, to drive up standards, and maintain high quality provision for young children in an increasingly socially and economically challenging environment. The Modules of study will challenge students to examine theory and practice, becoming an agent for change, and developing professional competence and confidence, in a variety of roles and settings. The Dissertation is a major independent research project which helps the individual to develop key skills in research and project management, and allows them to focus on a relevant topic of their choosing, in detail. This will be agreed with the Tutor at the outset of the programme. Students will study the following Modules: . Controversial Issues in Education (Double Module) . Equality & Identity . Research Methods . Reflective Practice . Outdoor Learning . Dissertation (Double Module).

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BA (Hons) Education & Lifelong Learning (Top Up)


This Honours Degree Level 6 programme, is available to study full-time in one year. It is designed to extend the knowledge gained from previous studies at Level 5, developing a deeper understanding of the context of education in our society and examining current contemporary issues in Education. The course offers opportunity to work alongside peers from a variety of roles across the education sector. The sector of education is a challenging and rewarding environment in which to work, and all staff play a role in maintaining and improving educational standards, and high quality provision for children and young people. The Modules of study allow students to examine theory and make direct links to practice, challenging poor practice, and understanding the impact of a variety of factors on teaching and learning and the barriers to learning. Students will undertake their own research and examine their professional identity, developing themselves as educators and facilitators, confident to work in a changing educational environment. Students will study the following Modules: • Research Methods • Psychology in the Learning Environment • Dissertation (Double module) • Developing Professional Roles & Identity • Contemporary Issues in Education (Double module) • Developing an Effective Learning Environment.

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