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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 3 years
Code L520
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level BA (Hons)
Start Date 13/09/2021

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Course overview

Talk to the tutor before you apply, email information@bradfordcollege.ac.uk to book a 1-2-1 call.

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This three-year programme combines taught modules and placement experience, with an emphasis on making links between theory and practice through all levels of the degree.

The course aims to:

  • Provide a stimulating high quality programme of study in Early Years Practice with a professional and vocational focus.
  • Develop your professional and transferable skills, knowledge, understanding, experience and confidence within Early Years Practice to enable you to pursue further study at postgraduate level.
  • Enable you to adopt a variety of critical and analytical approaches to investigation and solution of real Early Years dilemmas and issues.
  • Enable you to explore current knowledge and thinking and develop the practice and research skills required to respond effectively to the needs of the sector.

Key teaching and learning methods are designed to build upon your existing knowledge, further develop subject knowledge and move towards a greater degree of independent and self-directed study. The curriculum includes development of academic study skills which are required to complete an undergraduate degree and which will enable you to develop into an independent learner able to complete an independent research study in the final year.

Direct entry onto Level 6 is available with a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

What you'll study

The course has relatively small numbers, which allows tutors to know students well and enables support to be adapted to the needs of cohorts. The programme therefore uses a range of teaching and learning methods that enable the development of knowledge and understanding, professional and practical skills, and transferrable skills including:

  • Lectures and guest lectures
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Work-based placements
  • Case studies
  • Research projects
  • Blended learning utilising Moodle (the College Virtual learning Environment) is embedded in all modules

Whilst there are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors during timetabled classes and tutorials, there is an expectation that you will devote an appropriate amount of time to personal academic study and research. During the early stages of studies, guidance will be provided on how you can make the best use of your personal study time and how you should employ appropriate research methods. However as you progress through the programme, this guidance will become less structured and prescriptive.

Some examples of modules studied include: Introduction to children’s rights; Play, discovery and learning; Child development: theory to practice; Practitioner role in safeguarding and child protection; Children’s health and well-being; International approaches to early childhood education and care; Leadership and employment; Independent research study.

  • The course has relatively small numbers, which allows tutors to know students well and enables support to be adapted to the needs of cohorts. The programme therefore uses a range of teaching and learning methods that enable the development of knowledge and understanding, professional and practical skills, and transferrable skills including:

    • Lectures and guest lectures
    • Seminars and workshops
    • Work-based placements
    • Case studies
    • Research projects
    • Blended learning utilising Moodle (the College Virtual learning Environment) is embedded in all modules

    Whilst there are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors during timetabled classes and tutorials, there is an expectation that you will devote an appropriate amount of time to personal academic study and research. During the early stages of studies, guidance will be provided on how you can make the best use of your personal study time and how you should employ appropriate research methods. However as you progress through the programme, this guidance will become less structured and prescriptive.

    Some examples of modules studied include: Introduction to children’s rights; Play, discovery and learning; Child development: theory to practice; Practitioner role in safeguarding and child protection; Children’s health and well-being; International approaches to early childhood education and care; Leadership and employment; Independent research study.

Assessment

Teaching, learning and assessment are conducted through a range of methods. The emphasis is on interaction and you will be encouraged to work in small groups to share and develop your knowledge and experience, with tutor support. There will be ongoing formative assessment and feedback; tutorial support for summative assignments will be provided through group and individual tutorials and workshops.

Summative assessments will include written academic pieces, presentations, case studies, personal development plans, a time-constrained examination and a final Independent Research Project.

Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the wider Early Years sector. Consequently, assessment focuses on applying the bi-directional nature of Early Years theory and holistic practice. Communication skills are developed through a range of assessment methods including presentations, discussions and written pieces.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs
Including 3 at Grade 4 or C or above (one of which must be English)
2 A Levels
Or equivalent (e.g. AS Levels, BTEC Diploma, CACHE Diploma, Access course
UCAS tariff points
80
Disclosure and Barring Service
DBS check required
Health check
Required

Applicants with non-traditional education backgrounds:

  • Required to produce evidence of relevant work/voluntary experience.
  • May be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application.

APEL/RPEL is possible from courses with relevant modules. This will be assessed on an individual basis.

For information about our student services, please click here.

Work experience

There is a two-day-per-week placement built into the course in each year, with some blocks to enable consolidation of experience. This placement provides the practical experience to enable you to develop as a confident and competent Early Years Practitioner and to make links between theory and practice in real world situations. There will be opportunities for experience within a wide range of statutory, voluntary and private agencies.

Student stories

I graduated with a B.A. in Early Years Practice in 2015. The tutors were wonderful and supportive, and my work placements taught me everything I needed to know about learning with young children. I'm now a nursery teacher in Hong Kong, and having worked with a range of children around the world I can safely say it is thanks to everything I learnt during my degree!

- Ben Stables, Graduate B.A.(Hons.) Early Years Practice

Studying this course completely changed my life for the better and I have had great opportunities working here in Hong Kong as a teacher because of its recognition here.

- Nazia Mohammad

 

Next steps

BA (Hons) Early Years Practice will form the basis for graduate training in the following professional fields:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (Early Years)/EYT (Early Years Teacher) status
  • Play work
  • Roles in community work with children and families
  • All roles involving the provision of education and care for children aged 0-6
  • Voluntary/Charity/Local Authority.

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Tuition fees

Full-time: £8,750 per year

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