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Institute of Education

Early Childhood Studies

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L591
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

Please note our January intake is for Level 6 entry only and only available to applicants who hold a relevant Foundation Degree

National Student Survey 91% Student Satisfaction for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (2016)

If you have an interest in childhood this course 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.

Whether you are new to this area or you have experience and you are looking for career development then this course will suit you. 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.

The University of Wolverhampton is to be one of 3 universities to pilot the new Early Childhood Studies Degree network’s Graduate Practitioner Competencies. The new 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 creates a paradigm shift, making the distinction between level 3 and 6 practice explicit for students, practitioners and employers. The competencies have been developed by the ECSDN members in conjunction with students and employers. The competences are far reaching and reflect the wider national and internationally early childhood sector.  The graduate practitioner competencies are underpinned by the QAA Benchmarks. For students joining the Early Childhood Studies degree at the University of Wolverhampton there will be a choice of pathways:

  • Early Childhood Studies with Placement (not assessed)
  • Early Childhood studies with Assessed Practice (Level 3 full and relevant equivalent)
  • Early Childhood Studies with Assessed Practice (Graduate Practitioner Competencies)

PART-TIME STUDY

We offer our course, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies PART-TIME which includes day time sessions. However if you would like to study more flexibly, for example of an evening, we offer part time Foundation Degrees in Early Years Services at our college partners. After completing your part time Foundation degree you can then top up to a final year of a part- time BA degree 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 Institute of Education.

What happens on the course?

During this course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus. Modules in the first year (level 4) focus on the following topics-

Power, Inclusion and Diversity

The Role of Play in Childhood

Child Development

Growing Up in the 21st Century

Safeguarding and Promoting Well-being

Developing a Professional Role as an Early Years Teacher

You will also be required to attend an appropriate registered setting (0-8) 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'

Included in this degree is a practice award.  Upon successful completion of the degree and the assessment placement modules, you will be awarded practitioner status which meets the DfE 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

During the 2nd year of study students are invited to a ‘transition’ event designed to aid and smooth their progression from level 5 to level 6. Participants were given advice about how to prepare for their level 6 studies and module leaders were able to provide reading and other summer work to those eager to make a start.  Examples of this included:

  • Academic staff offering support on refining your research title and questions
  • Literature review searching
  • Where can I get help over the summer?

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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.

 

You will develop knowledge, be able to critically analyse, make judgments and evaluate key concepts, theories and principles in the area of childhood studies and research in child development. 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.

Included in this degree is a practice award.  Upon successful completion of the degree and the assessment placement modules, you will be awarded practitioner status which meets which meets the DfE 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
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3083 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 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

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Checks.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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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