BA (Hons) Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

Overview

This course allows you to jointly study Early Childhood Studies & Psychology, giving you a fully rounded experience of both subjects.

Through studying Psychology at BGU you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific nature of the subject and if it’s wider cultural and social impact. You will develop your understanding of psychology and its theories of the mind, emotions and behaviour and become familiar with how these theories are applied in our lives, communities and societies.

In studying Early Childhood Studies you’ll have the chance to inspire the next generation of children and have a positive impact on their lives. You’ll mainly focus on the educational, social and health care of children from birth to 8 years of age, gaining an appreciation of how they think and learn, as well as developing an understanding of how to facilitate this learning through a range of strategies.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: C8X3
Academic School: School of Social Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Why Study This Course?
BGU offers Psychology as a BA, making the course unique and enabling you to gain a broader range of future possibilities within humanities and the arts.
Always wanted to work with young children (ages 0-8) but unsure on the career pathway, then this course is ideal for you
Explore between disciplines and delve into how psychology informs practice in the joint subject area, and vice versa.
Flexible course covering aspects of health, education and social care.
Entry Requirements

You will normally need 96 -112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications such as: A / AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc. However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff. You will also need GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

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).

This course is subject to revalidation.

About The Course
Psychology

Do you ever wonder why is it we behave as we do? How do gangs, teams and friendship groups form? Do you wonder if smiling really does make you feel more positive? Do you often venture into the bigger questions about life and who we are?

Psychology has a science base, yet includes a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, statistics and computer-based skills. As well as classic psychological theories and research, you’ll be debating social issues, studying specific mental processes, such as memory, language and attention, as well as broader issues and theories – both historical and contemporary. As well as applying psychological knowledge to a range of subjects, you will develop your skills in problem-solving, data analysis, predict and reasoning, with a focus on real-world application.

Here at BGU, we ensure you have close support and contact with your tutors and, with small group sizes, you’ll always get the support and feedback you need. We also know how important it is to experience a real working environment so, through work placements and other projects, you’ll be equipped for whichever career path you may choose after your degree. With research-informed teaching and research-active staff, you’ll receive scientific training and gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of the subject, at the same time as applying your knowledge and theory to real-life.

Early Childhood Studies

It is often said that children are the future. Here at BGU, we offer you the chance to shape that future. This course offers students the ability to use their enjoyment of and passion for working with children under 8 to work towards a career which might encompass early years education, social work, play therapy or management of an early years setting.

Over the duration of the course, you will study aspects of the education, health and social care of babies and children from 0-8 years, which will provide excellent foundations for working in a range of early years settings. You will gain an appreciation of how children think and learn, as well as the policies and practices which can support them and their families. You will have the opportunity to put this learning into practice through a relevant early years placement in each year of study.

Throughout the course, you will acquire the necessary skills for working with young children in a challenging and changing environment. In your final year, you will be able to tailor an individual research project to your particular interests or career aspirations, and you may also be able to choose the setting of your final-year placement.

One of the advantages of this course is the flexibility and variety of topics you can study, which can lead to a wide range of options upon graduation. The course is practical and engaging, and you’ll have the support of a team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutors, as well as experienced visiting speakers from different educational settings.

Delivery

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.

Assessments in Psychology take place at the end of each module in order for you to demonstrate your understanding of the objectives covered. A wide range of assessment methods is used to support your learning, including portfolios, presentations, displays and examinations and laboratory projects. The Psychology course includes assessments that are designed to develop and refine specific skills that you may well need to draw on as a psychologist, whether that is as specific as demonstrating your practical counselling skills in the Introduction to Psychological Therapies module, or openly argumentative as in the group debate in the Personality and Individual Differences module! Assessments are also designed to enhance your critical thinking and analysis skills – something that psychologists are well known for.

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies in our courses. Assessments in Early Childhood Studies take place at the end of each module in order for you to demonstrate your understanding of the objectives covered. A wide range of assessment methods is used to support your learning, including the production of portfolios, presentations and displays. You’ll also be assessed through written essays, discussions, debates and multimedia projects. Assessments are not only designed to assess your knowledge and understanding but also help you to develop transferable skills which will support you as you enter the early year’s workforce.

Careers & Further Study

In Psychology we allow you to develop the knowledge and skills which will make you attractive to an employer. Psychology graduates go on to work in a range of sectors including teaching, education or training, local government, health and social work and in areas of industry including human resources management. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply your knowledge of psychology to the world in which you live, with the necessary workplace skills for a variety of future careers. Future careers for Psychology graduates may include work within Clinical settings, Counselling, Mental Health Services, Education and Research.

Combining your study with Early Childhood Studies opens up a variety of other career possibilities.

Early Childhood is a growing sector and the skills learned in this course will enable you to enter the children’s workforce in a range of different roles. Some of our students seek a route into teaching through a PGCE qualification here at BGU, whilst others enter other teacher training routes as well as working towards Early Years Teacher Status. This will present you with opportunities to work in different early years environments, such as nursery schools and privately run nurseries.

This course is an ideal platform if you are looking for a career in teaching within early years. Many of our graduates have gone on to further study in areas of specialism including psychology, speech and language or midwifery, whilst others have gone straight into the workforce as managers of early years settings. The diverse nature of this course will also enable you to go on to further study, seeking wider opportunities in many different fields, including health and social care, children’s social work, play therapy and speech and language therapy. Possible future careers for Early Childhood Studies graduates may include as a Teacher or classroom assistant, Speech and language therapy, Early years management, Social work or Play therapy.

Year 1 Modules

By definition, counselling is about using skills with clients in an understanding atmosphere. You will develop helping skills through practice, observation and reflection and will be encouraged to keep a reflective journal to chart your learning from practical work and how this has fed into your development.

The module will provide you with an overview of the core domains of Psychology before moving on to provide a more detailed introduction to the discipline of biopsychology. You will study core areas of psychology  including social; lifespan; individual differences; cognition and biopsychology. You will also explore nervous and endchrine systems as the physiological basis of both animal and human behaviour.

This module introduces Cognitive Psychology in terms of key topics which includes memory, language, attention as well as key approaches such as  cognitive neuropsychology, neuroscience, fundamentals of the experimental method, and the use of computerised experiment generation software. As part of this module you will be able to engage in a variety of cognitive experiments to facilitate
your understanding of key topics and experimental approaches.

This module includes a study of historical practice and provision for children and young people and covers the work of early social, educational and health reformers such as Froebel, Isaacs, Pestalozzi and Rousseau. You will be encouraged to question underlying philosophies of the social and political motivations for shaping policy in the provision made for children and young people.

This module introduces you to some of the key theories associated with learning. Commencing with an examination of theories underpinning learning in childhood you will then have the opportunity to reflect on your own learning through the lens of adult learning theories.

Year 2 Modules

Social Psychology will engage you with the breadth and diversity of
social psychology as a discipline, from group processes through to
social cognition and social interactions. This module is to allow you gain a detailed understanding of how people think, feel and act in
relation to others and the world around you.

In this module students will examine how various forms of quantitative enquiry can be brought to the investigation of a range of psychological phenomena. You will explore several core statistical techniques used to address psychology-specific research and analyse data using statistical
software and interpret related output appropriately.

Individual Differences and the Biology of Personality is a multifaceted module that covers the history, cornerstone theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches of personality research, with particular focus on biopsychological etiologies.

You will consolidate your learning by utilising psychometric methodology to design and run a quantitative study, present your design and then write up your project giving you experience of the research process and the fundamentals within it such as gaining ethical approval, data collection and analysis to reporting and discussing findings.

In this module you will consider childhood within a historical timeline, looking at ways in which childhood has been influenced by key social issues such as the role of religion in society or the rise of family life in eighteenth century England. The module will consider the arguments surrounding children’s rights.

You will consider the diverse needs of young children for example in areas of disability, gender issues, race and culture, special educational and social needs and gifted and talented children. The roles of the practitioner and the importance of inter-disciplinary working to support these needs and safeguard young children will be considered, using case histories to see how policy and practice has evolved.

During this module, you will consider current understandings of the meaning of play and creativity and the interrelationships between them. Concepts of ‘adult-led’ and ‘child-led’ play will be explored, and you will be encouraged to evaluate current arguments about the role and function of both play and creativity especially in educational contexts.

Year 3 Modules

The module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and
apply the key intellectual, transferable and practical skills gained at previous levels to an appropriate research project.

Throughout the module, a series of lectures, seminars and talks by guest speakers will further develop your research design and analytic skills in experimental, quasi-experimental and qualitative research methods.

This module focuses  on the historicisation of psychology and prompts critical thinking about the perceptions of psychology, and how individuals and society understand and identify with it in both professional and personal settings.

In this module you will focus on current, and perceived future, common issues affecting children, their families and practitioners. You will be guided in researching these developments in terms of the political, economic and cultural contexts which surround them, considering the historical influences on current provision and practice.

This module will include critical analysis and comparison of international early years issues, practice and provision. A variety of issues relating to education, health and social care will be considered within historical, cultural and political contexts.

You will be introduced to leadership and management theories, including historical concepts of leadership and styles of leadership emanating from conceptual understandings, e.g. transformational, transactional and distributed leadership. Functional approaches to leadership analysis and working with professionals through team work and the application of different leadership styles will be critiqued, e.g. Belbin, Tuckman, and Adair.

Academic Staff
Jan Machalski
Academic Staff

Jan Machalski teaches on the Psychology degree. Jan joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 20

Dr Mary-Louise Maynes
Academic Staff

Louise has been teaching at Bishop Grosseteste University since 2008, initially as a visiting tutor and as

Alison Riley
Academic Staff

Alison Riley coordinates and teaches on our successful BA Early Childhood Studies programme. She joined Bis

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Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. 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.

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