Why study this course

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies is a sector approved ‘full and relevant’ programme which offers the opportunity to work towards sector endorsed graduate practitioner competencies

Special offer for 2021 entry only! Free sector approved Paediatric First Aid Course offered as part of the programme

Progressing into Teaching? FREE pre-teaching course and guaranteed interview for PGCE

Have you always wanted to work with young children (ages 0-8) but are unsure on your career pathway? If so then this course is ideal for you.

Course summary

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies is a three-year undergraduate programme which introduces students to aspects of education, health and social care, with a specific focus on children from 0 – 8 years of age.

The course offers graduates a range of employability opportunities with module content supporting students in developing a wide range of transferable skills, as well as providing a curriculum which enables students to develop their academic skills.

Students who graduate from the programme will be awarded a full and relevant degree enhancing employability by enabling them to seek roles in early childhood settings as part of the adult: child ratio. Furthermore, students may also choose to work towards an award which embeds graduate practitioner competencies into their study.

Click here for more information on the competencies

Key facts


Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS code

X311

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full-time

Start date

September

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

Course details

About this course

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies is a three-year undergraduate programme which introduces students to aspects of education, health and social care, with a specific focus on children from 0 – 8 years of age.

The course offers graduates a range of employability opportunities with module content supporting students in developing a wide range of transferable skills, as well as providing a curriculum which enables students to develop their academic skills.

Students who graduate from the programme will be awarded a full and relevant degree enhancing employability by enabling them to seek roles in early childhood settings as part of the adult: child ratio.

Graduate Practitioner Competencies

New for September 2021, the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme now offers students the opportunity to work towards the sector endorsed graduate practitioner competencies. This is an optional route designed for students who are specifically seeking a role in the early years education sector.

The graduate practitioner route comprises nine competencies which students can meet through assessed placement tasks, observation of practice and academic assignments.

Completed alongside the degree programme, students will complete an evidence-based portfolio in order to be awarded the qualification of BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner).

All students who apply for the single honors BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course will be offered the opportunity to work towards the graduate practitioner competencies.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

During this module, students will develop knowledge and understanding of personal, social and emotional development of children aged 0-8 years.

This module will explore how young children learn from a range of perspectives. Students will be introduced to constructivism, behaviourism, social learning theory and humanism, and explore how these may shape our understanding of how children learn.

This module focuses on children’s early communication and language. Exploring the earliest influences on children’s language development, students will learn how children become confident and capable communicators drawing upon a range of developmental, sociological and psychological theoretical perspectives.

This module is underpinned by placement in an early years setting.

During this module, students will begin to explore aspects of developing professionalism, with a focus on positive relationships, specifically those between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

During this module, students will begin to explore aspects of developing professionalism, with a focus on reflective practice. The module will draw on theories of both adult learning and reflective practice to examine and explore how adults learn, and the role of reflection as a tool for learning and development.

This module is underpinned by placement in an early years setting.

This module explores policy, provision and practice both historically and currently, providing students with the opportunity to understand what shifts and shapes early years policy and the subsequent impact of policy on practice.

This module will enable students to develop an understanding of policy and practice with regard to safeguarding and child protection in early childhood settings and schools.

This module explores the factors which impact upon the health of children within their families, schools and communities.

This module focuses on the significance of family and community on children’s lives. Students will consider the influence of the family and community on children’s lives from holistic and ecological perspectives.

This module focuses on the diversity of children’s needs in the context of early childhood practice.

This module is a placement module for those students who have opted to follow the competency route. The module comprises a total of 30 days of placement split over two semesters. The placement module presents students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills while working in an early years setting.

In this module students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of play and its value for babies and young children.

In this module students will explore the concept of ‘childhood’ from philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives.

This module will introduce students to the research process in preparation for the sector based research project in semester 2. Students will learn about research design and ethical implications of undertaking research with children and their families in an early years setting.

This module involves a placement in a relevant setting.

In this module students will have the opportunity to build on their understanding of the constructs of ‘childhood’ through an examination of past and present contexts, and the challenges and possibilities of global and future childhood.

In this module students will reflect on the impact of change on the developing child, with a focus on the range of transitions which children experience from birth to 8 years.

This module will provide the opportunity to independently research an aspect of early years provision in a placement setting.

This module will develop knowledge and understanding of methods and practice in teaching and learning in the 0-8 age range.e

This module will introduce theories and models of leadership and management and how they apply to educational settings.

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 that meet this requirement, 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.

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).

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

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 within many courses 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 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

Early Childhood is a growing sector and the skills learnt on 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 qualifications here at BGU, whilst others enter other teacher training routes. Many of our graduates have gone on to further study in areas of specialism including psychology, speech and language or midwifery, whilst others have entered the workforce as early years practitioners and room leaders in early years settings, before going on to management roles. The diverse nature of this course will also enable you to go on to further study such as postgraduate study on a master degree, 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.

Interested in a career in teaching?

As an Undergraduate student at BGU, you'll be offered a free place on one of our Preparing for Teaching (P4T) courses as a part of your degree (currently exclusive to BGU students).

Led by our team of teacher training experts, the course is designed to prepare you to apply for a place on a PGCE programme. It covers topics such as:

  • How to apply
  • What to expect at an interview
  • The realities of teaching and much more

Not only will you gain essential skills that will support you in your future career, by completing the course you'll also get a guaranteed interview to one of our highly sought after PGCE courses.

If you have any questions about the P4T courses you can register by clicking here or you can speak to our Admissions team via admissions@bishopg.ac.uk

Support

Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

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 sort 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.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 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.