Join an education community with an outstanding reputation. Play an active role in changing children’s futures through their development. You'll develop skills and a recognised qualification to work with mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) children aged 0-8 years.
You will apply your learning to the real world with a work placement each year. Students currently enjoy placements at: Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals, Belmont and Alderman Knight schools, The Family Haven refuge centre, The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum (education outreach team) and Battledown Children's Centre.
There is a ‘short course week’ each year. This is an opportunity for you to develop niche skills such as music making or basic baby-care. You can also achieve extra qualifications including First Aid, Child Protection and Common and Assessment Framework.
Explore practices and theories through lectures, workshops, presentations, projects, electronic discussions and assignments. There’s also a strong emphasis on the development of ICT, communication and presentation skills. Assessment is 100% coursework-based on professional development. Focused on 'real-world' industry practice, each year you'll do a work placement in an early years setting.
Entry requirements and fees
Applicants should satisfy the minimum university entry requirements.
260 UCAS tariff points with typical offers:
- A-level: grades BCC or equivalent
- IB Diploma: 24 points
- BTEC National Diploma: DMM
International academic equivalent. An international foundation course may be required for entry.IELTS 6.0 overall in English with no less than 5.5 in any other band or equivalent.
If you are an international student please see the international entry requirements.
Please see the tuition fees
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- Early years manager
- Early years teacher
- Family support worker
- Children centre manager
- Child protection officer
- Play therapist
The degree has empowered me to use new practices at work.
I work as a nursery manager in the Forest of Dean. I’m also a freelance early years Ofsted inspector. My drive is to make a difference to the future of children through education. The degree has given me exactly that. I mentor staff more effectively. I talk to parents about my knowledge. The lecturers inspired me to want to achieve the best grade I could. They’ve all worked in industry.
We have great partnerships with early years agencies. Our students benefit from these through work placements. Agency professionals also run guest lectures sharing their expertise. Partner agencies include: Alderman Knight School, Berkhampstead School, Bettridge School, The Milestone School, Gloucestershire County Council, The Family Haven (refuge centre), Shire Hall (children's centre administration), Gloucester Waterways Museum (education team), The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum (education team), Battledown Centre for Children and Families, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals.
"I'm an early years specialist with a specific interest in special educational needs. Before lecturing, I managed one of the first inclusive early years settings in the county. I received two ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings. I developed a unique teaching approach, underpinned by Reggio Emilia creative techniques. My main research interests include non-verbal storytelling, developing children's musicality and comparative studies with a strong interest in the differences between Sweden and the UK."
Find a job within six months of graduating
93% of our graduates find jobs within six months of graduating (DLHE, 2014). The course is focused on 'real-world' industry practice. You'll develop practical skills through work placements and industry experts in lectures ready to secure a rewarding job role on graduation.
Visit an early years setting in Stockholm, Sweden
You will visit Stockholm, partnering with students and practitioners from the University of Stockholm to compare early years teaching best practice and innovation. Sweden is an international leader in early years education.