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

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

University Centre Harlow

September 2016

code: X31C

Available in Clearing, call 01279 868034

Overview

Top up your early years qualification to a full honours degree on our intensive one-year course, which features two days of work-based learning every week.

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Full description

Careers

Our graduates go on to careers throughout the early years sector, as well as to postgraduate study and research. The course is excellent preparation for a career in teaching or education management. 

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    This module will give you an overview of childhood from a range of different perspectives: geographical, historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, educational and economic. It links concepts from different disciplines to contextualise childhood and update your knowledge of the subject at the end of the course. The key topics will be: how notions of childhood vary across time and place, philosophies and constructs of childhood, the psychosocial interface and the social, political and economic world.
  • Children's Rights
    You’ll use a rights-based approach to consider whether universal policy can support children worldwide. You’ll study past and current policy initiatives, and the work of the United Nations and charities to support children from less privileged backgrounds. You’ll be encouraged to make global comparisons of children's rights by looking at the work of agencies which support and promote the rights of the child. The key topics will be: children’s rights, national contexts, international perspectives and multiple childhoods.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.
  • The Professional Leader
    You’ll gain a sound understanding of the leadership and management issues in early years. The module builds on the principle that quality in early years’ provision requires creative and effective leaders who are able to manage resources and encourage team development to support children's well-being and potential. You’ll examine the context in which education and care is provided to review how early years practitioners can work better to meet the needs of young children. You’ll be able to analyse the contextual nature of early childhood and the impact of policy, practice and service frameworks.
  • Practitioner 3
    You’ll work closely with your placement mentor and identify the strengths and gaps in your professional skills and knowledge, particularly in relation to leadership and management in early years. This module builds on the principle that good quality in early years’ practice requires creative and effective leaders who are able to encourage effective team development. You’ll be expected to identify an area of practice that you would like to study through the use of case study.

Year one, optional modules

  • Early Childhood Specialist Subject
    You’ll be able to explore a subject of personal interest that is relevant to the early childhood sector but which you are unable to use as your undergraduate major project. It will help you develop key communication skills which are essential for a leadership role in the workplace. You’ll analyse the nature of conflicting evidence, and ways in which that evidence is communicated to the workforce and society.

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress from your written assignments, presentations, major project and professional development portfolio. There are no exams on this course.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Harlow
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Additional study information

By law you must have recognised qualifications, such as this degree, to work with early years children in the UK. There are excellent opportunities for qualified people in many areas of this growing sector.

Class sizes here are small and the practical exercises and seminars not only keep step with your academic studies but also focus on the very latest developments. We encourage our students to form study groups to discuss these issues and also to practise learning independently.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£7,500

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,000

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£7,750

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Entry requirements

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  • 200 UCAS tariff points, plus 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics and English, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance; evidence of work with young children; and a successful interview.
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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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