Early Childhood Studies Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
You'll learn about the influence of society on childhood, and develop critical thinking and essay skills during this four-year alternative route into higher education. The foundation year is ideal if you don't have traditional qualifications or meet the entry requirements for the degree level Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons). The course is an excellent way to get a real taste of a range of social and human science subjects while gaining the maths and English GCSEs you need to progress to the degree.
In Year 0, by engaging your interest in a range of social and human science issues, we'll create an exciting and stimulating environment to focus on improving your academic and study skills.
Boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential, the extended degree provides an excellent foundation for developing more specific expertise in Year 1 of the Early Childhood Studies BA while gaining maths and English GCSEs if you don't already have them.
The foundation year qualifies you for entry to Year 1 (Level 4) of the three-year degree and gives you a taste of contemporary issues at the forefront of the study of early childhood. You'll benefit from the most up-to-date developments in work with young children and their families across all sectors.
This course is ideal for those looking to begin or progress a career in the early childhood professions and has links to national organisations.
There are a variety of assessment types across the modules with 87.5% of the assessment being coursework and 12.5% exams. Coursework types will include portfolios of reflective writing digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above, or equivalent such as Functional Skills or Key Skills at Level 2
If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:
- Culture, Family and Power
- Critical Thinking
- Key Concepts in Early Childhood
- Media, Crime and Race
- Reflecting on Self and Society
- Researching Discrimination
- Researching Inequality
- Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
- Studying London
You will also complete online English and Maths GCSE courses if you don't already hold those qualifications.
Part time students can take the modules above over two years.
After completion of Year 0 (level 3), you'll move onto the Early Childhood Studies BA course.
“This course has broadened my knowledge and boosted my confidence. I have received excellent support from my tutors. I have been a student representative for two years and this has enabled me to share students’ voices with senior lecturers.”
“Those with children and other commitments are taken into consideration. The University and its staff have helped me a lot throughout my course. Lectures are interesting and helpful. All the staff have provided full support and encouraged me to do well.”
Graduates pursue a variety of careers in education, health and social care sectors.
Due to the demand for well-trained early childhood practitioners, there are opportunities to work in children’s centres, nursery and primary schools, and a variety of childcare and educational settings. You may specialise in a particular area such as special educational needs, or take up advisory posts in local authorities or government departments.
A significant number of students continue their professional studies, whether it's through the PGCE route to teaching or at postgraduate level.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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