The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year is designed to help you to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in your studies with the University of Wolverhampton at degree level. Our Foundation Year programme has been designed to prepare you for studying at undergraduate level and provide you with the required skills and knowledge to transition effectively into Level 4 study. During your Foundation Year you will develop skills appropriate to University such as finding and using information, working collaboratively with others, challenging, and debating ideas and expressing yourself with greater confidence. The foundation year helps you to become familiar with University life and to feel at home on campus.
The course is suitable for people new to this area or experienced staff searching for career development. We recognise that you will have a unique learning journey and we will maximise your potential through optional assessment choices such as presentations, written assessments, reflective journals, reports and written plans.
The linking of theory and practice is integral throughout the whole degree and you will undertake placements to gain work based experiences with babies and young children. This will allow you to consider theory in relation to the implications for practice so you can evaluate and develop creative approaches to working with babies and young children. You will also develop the skills of critical reflection and appraisal which will enable you to understand and analyse ethical principles, child development, children’s rights, health and wellbeing, child protection and safeguarding, early years pedagogy, multi-agency working and disability, diversity, and inclusion.
The Early Childhood Studies degree at the University of Wolverhampton offers you a choice of pathways from level 4-6:
- Early Childhood studies with Assessed Practice (Level 3 full and relevant equivalent) Completion of the placement aspect of the degree includes the award of level 3 Early Years Educator.
- Early Childhood Studies with Assessed Practice (Graduate Practitioner Competencies)
The Graduate Practitioner Competencies are a proactive approach to shape the identity of the early childhood workforce and strengthen the professional practice aspect of the Early Childhood Studies degree. Graduate level practice makes the distinction between level 3 and 6 practices explicit for practitioners and employers http://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level6.shtml.
We also offer the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies PART-TIME which requires you to attend daytime sessions. However, if you are employed in Early Years and already have a level 3 qualification, we offer a part time Foundation Degree in Early Years Services at our partner colleges. After completing your part time Foundation Degree you can then progress onto a final year of a part- time BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course in order to gain a full honours degree.
This degree sits within an exciting range of Childhood and Family Studies courses we offer within the School of Education.
We are members of The Early Childhood Studies Degree Network
We are sector endorsed for our Foundation Degree in Early Years Services by SEFDEY.