Make a real difference to the lives of young children and their families and work towards becoming part of the essential early years graduate workforce. The course will support your development in a wide range of professional skills essential for working with children (aged 0-8 years) and families; including those with additional needs. Across the three years you will gain real-world experience of putting your skills in to practice through a range of work based placements such as; children’s centres, schools, family refuge centres, gallery education teams; play rangers, nurseries, family support teams and special needs schools. To build upon these experiences you will have the opportunity to visit Stockholm; Sweden; an international leader in early years practice. You will be able to witness first-hand how they provide for their children and families across a variety of setting types and develop skills in conducting a comparative study.
You will be supported by lecturers with a wealth of varied professional experience to develop knowledge and understanding of the complex world surrounding young children and their families. Maintaining a focus upon young children and families you will be encouraged to explore areas linked to education, health, social care, psychology, sociology and media studies. In your first year, you will explore contemporary influences and factors that impact upon children’s lives and how we may use this knowledge to provide the most enabling environment for their development. In addition, you will develop skills to enable you to ‘tune in’ to children to identify and manage individual needs. Year two focuses on working with children and their families within 21st-century communities; including those who have been marginalised. In addition, you will investigate how children learn, the characteristics of effective learning and the impact this can have upon their learning dispositions, such as motivation, curiosity, creativity, thinking and self-reflection. In your final year, studying the contemporary issues module will ensure that you enter the workforce knowledgeable of the most recent developments and issues impacting upon professional practice, children and families. You will also be able to choose from optional modules, studying subjects such as: the biological, environmental and sociological factors that influence wellbeing; and the notion that lifelong learning within education is the key means of equipping children to meet the challenges that face them in their 21st-century lives.
The learning surrounding practices and theories takes place through lectures, workshops, presentations, projects, electronic discussions and assignments. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of ICT, communication and presentation skills. Assessment is 100% coursework, based on professional development and focused on 'real-world' early years practice.
Tariff information for 2018 entry*
104 tariff points
BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
2018 UCAS tariff table
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.
International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.
Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.
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- Early years manager
- Early years teacher
- Family support worker
- Children's centre manager
- Child protection officer
- Play therapist
You will gain real world experience through our partnerships with early years settings and multi-agencies. Our students benefit from these through work placements and guests in lectures. These include: Schools and children’s centres, derman Knight School, Berkhampstead School, Bettridge School, The Milestone School, The Family Haven (refuge centre) and Battledown Centre for Children & Families
"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."
Top 5 for course satisfaction
Our education courses are ranked in the UK top 5 for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2017.
Learn from industry-experienced lecturers
With diverse expertise in early years and health and social care settings, our lecturers will be able to support you with the diverse range of subject areas that you’ll study. You will be fully-prepared to progress into a successful career.
Visit an early years setting in Stockholm, Sweden
You will have the opportunity to 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.