About the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up) (subject to revalidation) programme
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-up) is designed to provide a comprehensive course that helps students to critically analyse various aspects of children’s life such as sociological factors, legislative changes and educational influences on children’s development. Within this course, students will have opportunities to evaluate their everyday practice and implement changes confidently. To be able to do this, this course incorporates professional practice 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. Also this programme provides students to explore their own specialist topic in the field of early childhood studies and will be encouraged to explore and research their chosen topic independently within their dissertation module. This exercise will help students to be academically inquisitive, independent and confident in their chosen area. Additionally, there will be opportunities to explore students’ future careers within the field of early years in the ‘Future Development in Early Years’ 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.
Applicants require 240 credits at level 4 and 5 e.g. Foundation Degree in a relevant subject field such as children, young people and families. The average grade at level 5 must be 50% or above.
There is a requirement that as part of the Work Placement module students will undertake a minimum of 72 hours in a relevant early years setting.
Students on this programme will need to make a declaration of fitness to practice and hold an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).
What you will learn
Level 6 modules:
- Children’s Rights and Safeguarding
- Children’s Learning, Voice and Pedagogy
- Families and Children
- Empowering Future Development in Early Years
Options (choose one)
- Dissertation or
- Special Educational Needs and Disability – Action Research
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer. We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve. We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.
Children’s Learning, Voice and Pedagogy and Children’s Rights and Safeguarding are based on Human Growth and Development and Safeguarding Children modules at Foundation degree level and added Level 6 resources and materials. These two modules are there to set a common ground for those students who studied other degree such as Learning Support or Health and Social Care. Furthermore, as these two modules focus on children’s learning, the system of early years education and safeguarding procedure, those students who studied other child-related degrees will be able to gain practical knowledge and understanding of early years settings and they will be able to have better experience in their professional practice. Also these modules are there to remind some basic knowledge and understanding of children’s learning and safeguarding issues for students who studies 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 their everyday practice and policy implementations in order for them to improve their practice for children’s learning and safeguarding.
Students will also study Families and Children and Empowering Future Development in Early Years. These two modules will focus on utilising students’ already-existing knowledge of children’s learning, social and political issues in order to inform and improve children’s lives and students’ future career choice. Within these module, students will be able to choose their topics and explore their interest further by carrying out primary and secondary research. By studying these two modules, students will have opportunities to consider what future career they would like to consider and what changes they would like to make in children’s lives. These two modules will focus on various transferrable skills such as presentation skills, communication skills and professional skills. In the field of early childhood studies, especially in the multi-agency work, students are required to clearly communicate their knowledge and experienced ideas to others professionally. Therefore by these modules will provide students tools to work on their transferable skills.
Dissertation and Special Educational Needs and Disability – Action Research modules are a long thin modules in which students carry out a piece of research. They will choose a topic and carry out their own research. Each student will have a supervisor to support their research project. Dissertation module will be focusing on researching ‘what is happening in the field’ while Action Research modules will be focusing on issues that need to be improved within their chosen professional field. Both modules are crucial for students’ future career as in the field of early childhood, practitioners will be expected to improve their practice continuously according to government’s policy and legislation.
Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one within the early childhood sector. This includes settings which typically relate to pre-school and teaching, day care centres, child minders, family day care, out of hours clubs, child development and management positions within the early years.
Alongside subject specialist skills supporting theoretical application to early years practice, you will develop a range of transferable skills, such as problem solving, communication, leadership, presentation, team work, IT and research skills, which will apply across a range of careers.
Whilst there are currently no opportunities for postgraduate study within the subject area at Grimsby other providers offer master’s programmes in early years or education related programmes or PGCE for primary school teaching. There are opportunities to complete post graduate study in teaching in the post compulsory sector at Grimsby.
- Family Hubs/Children’s Centres,
- Family support service,
- Pre-school setting
- Special Schools
- Social Work