This course is designed if you have already completed a suitable foundation degree or diploma in higher education in Early Childhood or similar foundation degrees at other institutions and wish to gain an honours degree. It is a natural progression from our Foundation Degree in Professional Studies in Early Childhood.
This course allows you to study and continue to work. It is a flexible qualification covering the broad range of settings and contexts in which services such as education, health and social care are provided for 0 – 8 year olds. Students undertaking the course remain in employment, or as volunteers, over the academic year in the same manner as the Foundation Degree.
The programme provides insight into effective management and leadership within the children’s workforce while developing your appreciation for the complex factors that prevent children from reaching their potential and your ability to employ problem solving skills to address such complex factors. It provides a unique learning opportunity as you will study alongside others working or volunteering in a variety of children’s services. After graduation many students further their professional development in an area which is relevant to their career aspirations, for example in the wider educational environment such as gaining Early Years Teacher Status or undertake Qualified Teacher Status.
Award: BA (Hons)
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start Date: September
Typical Offer: A relevant Foundation Degree as well as working in an appropriate setting
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: L520
What You Will Study
This course comprises of four 30 credit modules, to be completed in one year.
The progression route offers opportunities to critically evaluate practice through a detailed analysis of the systems, procedures and changes that contribute to your field of study. This course will promote your professional formation as a reflective practitioner and modules will cover topics such as leading people and teams, promoting quality, new models of practice and contemporary issues such as current political and social trends.
In addition, the undertaking of an independent research study will support your continuing development as a leading practitioner within the children’s workforce.
There is a variety of assessment methods which are spread out throughout the academic year. These include a peer-led seminar, essay, a group discussion, portfolio and research report. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.
- You will normally have 240 HE credits from a Foundation degree or an HE Diploma in a relevant field of study such as Early Childhood, Play Work, Family Support Work, Community Work and Health and Social Care. However, if you have alternative qualifications please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email email@example.com.
- Applicants will typically have 240 HE credits from a Foundation degree or an HE Diploma in a relevant field of study.
- Applicants are expected to have a current (or prospective) voluntary or paid role in a relevant setting for minimum of 12 hours per week accumulating to 360 hours per year of study.
- Applicants are expected to have three years of experience in a voluntary or paid role working with children, young people and/or families.
- Written support from the head teacher/workplace manager in which the applicant works or volunteers
- Applicants with alternative qualifications can contact our Admissions team for advice as BGU is committed to widening access and participation and adheres to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
- In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for accredited prior learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit awarded for experiential learning, (AP(E)L).
- All students must have a successful interview prior to acceptance on to the degree programme during which a written task will be undertaken.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
What Our Students Say
“I decided to study this course to further my professional progression, undergo personal growth and increase confidence, with a view to moving into management in my setting. The most enjoyable part of my time at BGU so far has been meeting different people with different ideas and from different settings.” Audrey, BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Early Childhood Graduate
Careers and Further Study
Graduate opportunities have enabled our students to attain managerial positions within their sector, to lead practice with their setting. Many go on to further study to become teachers through the PGCE (for further information see the Postgraduate Teaching section), or gain a professional status. Others take on professional roles in areas such as special educational needs, mentoring, subject support, school, family and welfare liaison roles in the wider educational community and with local authorities working with the full range of age groups and sectors.
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How To Apply
Progression Route course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code below. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice.
The Progression Routes we offer and their UCAS codes are as follows:
BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Early Childhood (L520)
BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Children & Youth Work (L591)
BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Education (X300)
BA (Hons) Primary Teaching Studies with QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) (X123)
For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
The following modules are studied in this course:
- Leadership and Management
- Contemporary Issues
- International Perspectives in the Early Years
- Independent Research Study
If you would like more information about this course or any of the modules listed above, please contact Sacha Mason, Academic Co-ordinator for Professional Studies, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 (0) 1522 583629.