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Institute of Education

Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years

The BSc (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 and beyond.

The BSc (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 and beyond.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code X310
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

The BSc (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 and beyond. During your Foundation Year you will develop skills appropriate to University study such as finding and using information, working collaboratively with others, challenging and debating ideas and expressing yourself with greater confidence.

The Early Childhood Studies degree will develop your skills and knowledge required for a range of careers working with children, their families and the services that support them.  The course will draw on a range of disciplines such as history, psychology, education, sociology, welfare and social policy.

The course is suitable for people new to this area or experienced staff searching for career development.  The course takes account of the ecology of children’s lives in studying the complexities of family life and of children’s development from conception onwards and the significance of childhood across cultures and societies. 

Work experience placements are an integral part of the course and can be negotiated in a variety of settings such as schools, nurseries, community care centres, hospitals, social services, libraries, children’s centres, and other relevant settings. The course will consider theory in relation to the implications for practice and enable you to evaluate and develop appropriate pedagogical approaches to work with children and their families and to consider ethical principles and high quality practice.

What happens on the course?

Please note the first year of this course will be taught at Wolverhampton City Campus, followed by three years at Walsall Campus. 

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy through use of a range of on-line tools, such as virtual learning environments and e-portfolios and you are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with your ideas.

PLACEMENT

The placement journey on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course was developed following consultation between the then Department for Education & Skills (DfES 2004 now DfE) and the Early Childhood Studies Degree National Network. The placement modules at each level of study provides students with an opportunity to work alongside professional practitioners in Ofsted registered settings, developing their knowledge, skills and competence in working with young children.

Students will be required to identify and attend an appropriate registered setting (0-8 years) in order to experience, participate in and develop competence in a range of tasks associated with practice in an early years setting. They will be expected to reflect on and develop their practice during these modules during the course.

  • 150 hours at level 4 (with a named professional partner) linking to the module 'Developing Professionals'
  • 150 hours at level 5 (with a named professional partner) linking to the module 'Professional Studies' 
  • 50 hours at level 6 (with professional partner)) linking to the module 'Leading Quality'

Students will be expected to reflect on and develop their practice during these modules during the course demonstrating both knowledge and understanding of appropriate ideas relating to the care and education of children as they apply to practice, as well as an ability to work with children and adults in a particular setting.

Students successfully completing the assessed module at level 5 will be awarded BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies which meets the DfE full and relevant criteria. The practice award therefore will not be stand-alone and integrated into the early childhood studies course. This award is recognised by the Department for Education full and relevant criteria meaning that students on completion of their course can be counted in the ratios at levels 2 and 3.  http://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level6.shtml

Module structure you may study:

Course Modules

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 
  • We are proud of our long-standing tradition of research and study in Childhood, Families and Communities.
  • You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our provision includes: buildings which are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a Starbucks coffee shop.

  • Reflect upon a range of philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological and consider how these underpin different understanding of children and childhood.

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and awareness of the skills needed for different pedagogical approaches when working with children, families, communities and other professionals as well as acting as an advocate for children, families and communities including promoting children’s welfare and safety needs.

  • Recognise and critically analyse issues in relation to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to working with children, families and communities in the UK and globally.

  • Make critical judgements and evaluations about key concepts, theories and principles including current debates in the area of childhood studies and research in child development and analyse data effectively and interpret this arriving at supported conclusions.

  • To communicate clearly to a range of audiences for a range of purposes including the ability to take the lead, support, plan and work collaboratively with others.

  • You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills

  • Students will be expected reflect on and develop their practice during the placement modules during the course demonstrating both knowledge and understanding of appropriate ideas relating to the care and education of children as they apply to practice, as well as an ability to work with children and adults in a particular setting. Students successfully completing the assessed module at level 5 will be awarded BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies which meets the DfE full and relevant criteria.  The practice award therefore will not be stand-alone and integrated into the early childhood studies course. This award is recognised by the Department for Education full and relevant criteria meaning that students on completion of their course can be counted in the ratios at levels 2 and 3.  http://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level6.shtml

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

  • DBS required at a minimum cost of £50

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

  • Level 2 English, this could be GCSE Grade C / 4 or above OR equivalent.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses.

You must provide a satisfactory personal statement detailing your motivation for studying this course. See our Personal Statement Guidance for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Applicants must be 18 years old or above at the start of the course.

 

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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