BA (Hons) EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES (TOP UP) (Graduate Practitioner Outcomes)
About This Course
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-up) is designed to provide a comprehensive course that helps students to critically analyse various aspects of childrens life such as sociological factors, legislative changes and educational influences on childrens development, focusing on the age between 0-8 years old. The programme is recognised by the Department for Education as full and relevant for early years practice.Within this course, students will have opportunities to be able to evaluate their everyday practice and implement changes confidently. To be able to do this, this course incorporates professional practice hours (200 hours) which is one of the distinctive features of this programme. Within these professional practice hours, students will be given opportunities to apply theories into practice at their professional practice and expand their theoretical and practice knowledge.This programme also invites students to conduct Action Research. This exercise will help students to be implement change in practice, be academically inquisitive, independent and confident in their chosen area. Additionally, there will be opportunities to explore students future career within the field of early years in Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Profession module by investigating different possible career pathways with this degree and developing various leadership, management and changing-agent skills to help students achieve their future career goals. Special Educational Needs and Disability is a module of study that provides students with the opportunity to understand the challenges with underpinning legislation and policy frameworks.Full Course Specification
Applicants wishing to gain direct entry onto the top-up at level 6 must have at least 240 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points gained through study at levels 4 and 5 in a field of early childhood. The average grade at level 5 must be 50% or above. Students must also have an up-to-date DBS and a letter/email confirming their placement, which will be recorded prior to enrolment.
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top Up will admit applicants where there is no previous study on an ECSDN degree.
At the beginning of the programme, students will be advised that if they wish to become an Early Years Educator, or QTS primary school teacher, they are required to have GCSE English, Maths and Science grades C or 4. For students wishing to become an Early Years Teacher, they need to have GCSE English and Maths grades C or 4
- Childrens Rights and Safeguarding
- Childrens Learning, Voice and Pedagogy
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Profession
- Action Research Project
- Students are required to complete the 200 placement hours within early years settings.
Childrens Learning, Voice and Pedagogy and Childrens Rights and Safeguarding are based on Human Growth and Development and Safeguarding Children modules at Foundation degree level with added Level 6 resources and materials. These two modules are imperative for those students who studied other degrees such as Learning Support and Health and Social Care, as it will give them the key skills needed to progress. Furthermore, as these two modules focus on childrens learning, systems of early years education and safeguarding procedures, those students who studied other child-related degrees will be able to gain practical knowledge and understanding of early years settings and will be able to have a richer experience in their professional practice. Furthermore, these modules serve to renew basic knowledge and understanding of childrens learning and safeguarding issues for students who studied FD Early Childhood Studies. These modules will explore the importance of everyday professional practice, especially when students are working with children. The students will be able to critically reflect on their everyday practice and policy implementations in order for them to improve their practice for childrens learning and safeguarding.Students will also study Special Educational Needs and Disability. This module aims to equip students with not only the knowledge and understanding of legislation and policies, but the challenges faced by children with SEND and their families that are exacerbated by societal and political misunderstanding. By gaining better understanding of circumstances and social issues surrounding SEND and its support, students will be able to provide better, flexible and adaptable support unique to each child and family.Action Research module is a long, thin module in which students choose a topic and carry out a piece of independent research. Each student will have a supervisor to support their research project. The Action Research module will focus on issues that need to be improved within their chosen professional field. The module is crucial for students future careers as, in the field of early childhood, practitioners will be expected to improve their practice continuously according to government policy and legislation.
Whilst there are currently no opportunities for postgraduate study within the subject area at Grimsby other providers offer PGCE in primary or MA in Education. There are opportunities to complete post graduate study in teaching in the post compulsory sector at Grimsby.
- Family Hubs/Childrens Centres
- Family support service
- Pre-school setting
- Special Schools
- Social Work