Why study this course

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

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

Course summary

Are you ready to expand upon your Foundation Degree or diploma relating to Early Childhood? Do you want to progress your qualification into a full honours degree? Do you want to do it all without leaving work? Our BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Early Childhood progression route is designed to be studied for alongside your career working with young children.

Key facts


Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS code

L520

Duration

1 year

Mode of study

Full-time

Start date

September

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

Course details

About this course

This flexible qualification means you’ll remain in employment or volunteering whilst undertaking the course, having already completed a suitable Foundation Degree or Higher Education Diploma in Early Childhood. The programme is the natural progression for those who have previously studied our Foundation Degree in Professional Studies (Early Childhood). The course provides you with a unique learning opportunity, studying alongside others working or volunteering in a variety of services such as education, and health and social care for children aged between 0 and 8 years.

The course aims to provide you with an insight into effective management and leadership within the children’s workforce. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of the complex factors that contribute to children’s learning and development. Building on your previous knowledge and understanding gained from your foundation degree, this course aims to stretch and deepen your understanding of how to support children by exploring alternative and international perspectives to child development.

What will you study

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

This module provides the opportunity to focus in some depth on professional practice including leadership and management. It will allow students the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand the level of autonomous accountable practices required of a professional practitioner.

The Independent Study builds on earlier inquiry-based studies and acts as a culmination of studies. This module provides an opportunity for students to carry out a small-scale research project related to their work supporting children and/or young people demonstrating the ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources.

This module will ensure the students study current and future developments within their sector. The module will build upon multiple aspects of previous studies, ensuring students’ learning is current and continuing. The depth and currency of knowledge explored and debated within the module will extend their effectiveness in their role and contribute to their employability.

This module draws together and develops the key aspects of international perspectives in the early years. It will allow students the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand how international ideologies are reflected in United Kingdom practices.

Entry requirements

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 a paid role in a relevant setting for a 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.

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). 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.

How you will be taught

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 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.

Assessment

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.

Careers & 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 our PGCE routes, 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.

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. 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.