Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: L590, X110 (with Early Years Teaching Status), X111 (with Special Education Needs and Disability)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

A degree from our Early Childhood Studies programme is ideal if you want to gain a graduate-level qualification that will enable you to work with children aged from birth to 8 years old.

You'll have a holistic approach to understanding early childhood, relating appropriate educational theory to practice. You'll look critically at the role of play, considering differing curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood researchers and theorists on current government perspectives and practices.

This degree will prepare you for many types of employment and is supported by employers within the industry.  Graduates from our Early Childhood Studies degree have progressed into primary Teacher Training, early years teaching, social work, further education, charity work and management.  You'll gain placement opportunities across the birth to 8 years old age range and you'll establish lifelong networks that you can use throughout your career.

In addition to our ‘core’ Early Childhood Studies degree, we offer two pathways. Choose the award that includes Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and upon graduation, you will be a teacher who is qualified to work with children from birth to 5.  Alternatively, the award that includes a pathway in Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) provides a more detailed focus into that area.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teaching Status, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Special Education Needs and Disability

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Students on our Early Childhood Studies degrees have worked with:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Early years settings
  • NGOs
  • Private training organisations
  • Local Councils
  • Armed Forces
  • Prison Service
  • Local Authorities

All students will attend work placements in early years settings throughout the programme, they will be expected to undertake work based activities in preparation for their teaching and learning sessions. These may include information exercises such as locating relevant policies and resource audits for review and discussion. Observations of children or work processes in the placement/work setting may be used to inform discussion, such as analysing children's needs, involvement in the planning process or the preparation of work focused learning materials. Vocational Evidence Records will provide support for learners on placement and all students will be supported by a work based supervisor within the setting and visits from the academic staff.

 Students on our Early Childhood Studies degrees have worked with: schools and colleges; early years settings; NGOs; private training organisations and local councils.

Course content

You’ll be taught by sector professionals with direct experience of children in a variety of education and early years settings. Specialist guest speakers will discuss different roles in employment.

To enhance your understanding of contemporary issues, there will also be opportunities to attend research conferences and seminars that are supported by education and early years speakers. The programme is supported by employers within the industry. You’ll gain placement opportunities across the 0-8 age range –something that will enable you to establish lifelong networks. Your placements will provide real world experience so you can make informed decisions about your career direction.

To enhance your understanding of contemporary issues, there will also be opportunities to attend research conferences and seminars that are supported by education and early years speakers. The programme is supported by employers within the industry. You’ll gain placement opportunities across the 0-8 age range –something that will enable you to establish lifelong networks. Your placements will provide real world experience so you can make informed decisions about your career direction.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Personal, Professional and Academic Development Compulsory
An Introduction to Young Children’s Development Compulsory
History and Philosophy of Childhood Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Personal, Professional and Academic Development Compulsory
An Introduction to Young Children’s Development Compulsory
Working with Babies 0-3 Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Collaborative Working (Standard Route Only) Compulsory
Understanding Equal Opportunities and Inclusion (SEND Route Only) Compulsory
Professional Development: Reflecting on Practice Compulsory
Play Therapy (Standard Route Only) Compulsory
Children with Complex Needs (SEND Route Only) Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Safeguarding and Child Protection Compulsory
Professional Development: Reflecting on Practice Compulsory
Play Therapy (Standard Route Only) Compulsory
Children with Complex Needs (SEND Route Only) Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Research Methods Compulsory
Independent Research Project (SEND Pathway must have SEND focus) Compulsory
Global Perspectives on Childhood Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Numeracy and Literacy Acquisition in the Early Years Compulsory
Independent Research Project (SEND Pathway must have SEND focus) Compulsory
Global Perspectives on Childhood Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.