What you will study
There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.
To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.
Stage 1 begins with the compulsory 60-credit module
The early years: developing practice (E100), which builds your study skills as you focus on the knowledge and skills underpinning your work with young children. Topics include: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,E100,,1
the role of the early years practitioner
young children’s learning and development
the importance of early years environments
the work of children’s services in safeguarding and promoting their health and welfare.
You’ll then study the compulsory work-based learning module
Professional practice in the early years (E105) (60 credits), designed to support your development as a reflective practitioner. You’ll be introduced to reflective frameworks to help you deepen your understanding in relation to three themes: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,E105,,1
Engaging with parents, colleagues and other professionals
Play, learning and development
Safeguarding children: promoting rights, health and wellbeing.
You’ll also consider how these themes relate to professional practice in your work setting. You’ll be taught how to document evidence of your developing knowledge, understanding and expertise and to improve your critical and analytical skills in preparation for study at stage 2.
You’ll start Stage 2 by choosing one of four optional 60-credit modules, depending on your career goals and interests. You could:
explore the diversity and complexity of children’s lives and experiences in
Equality, participation and inclusion: learning from each other (E214) undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,E214,,1 examine different perspectives on practice including the complexities of working with children in
Working with children, young people and families (K218) undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,K218,,1 study the personal, social, cognitive and linguistic development of in
Childhood (E212). undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,E212,,1
Alternatively, you might want to improve your knowledge of the primary curriculum and how subjects are taught and learnt by choosing
Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools (E207). undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,E207,,1
You’ll follow this with a work-based learning module investigating practice in your own work setting,
Extending professional practice in the early years (E210) (60 credits). Key themes include researching practice and leadership, and you’ll explore: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,E210,,1
change and development in early years policy and practice
practitioners’ roles in initiating and facilitating change
practitioner research with a focus on listening to children.
Stage 3 comprises two 60-credit modules. The first,
Working together for children (KE312), focuses on supporting the development of a skilled, effective, integrated and interdisciplinary workforce for children. You’ll gain: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,KE312,,1
the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively, effectively and equitably
critical understanding of the ethical, social, legal, political and practice factors and frameworks as applied to work with children
the knowledge and skills required to improve children’s wellbeing and outcomes.
At this point you can claim the 300-credit BA Early Years if you wish.
To ‘top up’ to the BA (Hons) Early Years your final practical project-based module,
Issues in research with children and young people (EK313), teaches you to undertake research with children including: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-1,module,EK313,,1
searching for and reviewing existing literature and theories
identifying research questions and hypotheses
selecting an appropriate research method
collecting and analysing data
interpreting and discussing results
presenting and writing up findings.
The module raises questions about children’s participation in society, and how they view their own worlds and understand their own experiences. It will help you design your own research project and introduce you to the wide range of methods and research projects that others have used.
Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the
structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that
the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.
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