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Early Childhood Studies Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

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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.

More about this course

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.

Assessment

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.

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code X1X0
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Entry requirements

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.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
    2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
    3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
    4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
    • encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
    • encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
    • developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
    • developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    1. Introduce the use of sociological theories to explore the relationship between society and individuals.
    2. Provide opportunities for reflection on relevance of key theories to individuals and contemporary society.
    3. Extend academic and independent reading skills and understanding of key terminology.
    4. Develop academic speaking (discussion and presenting skills).
    5. Develop digital skills by the use of the VLE and production of presentation aids.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    The module aims to enable students to:
    • Understand a range of key concepts in early childhood
    • Develop an understanding of early childhood education and care
    • Gain an emerging understanding of being an early childhood professional
    • Understand the importance of challenging inequalities

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to:

    1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.

    2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

    3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
    - introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
    - encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
    - introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
    - introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
    - introduce and develop digital literacy skills
    - develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Investigate the basic principles of research
    • Critically analyse published research
    • Develop and practise research skills
    • Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
    • Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
    • Further develop and practise research skills
    • Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:

    - Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
    - Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
    - Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
    - Develop students’ voice in academic writing
    - Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
    - Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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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.

What our students say

“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.”

After the course

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.

What is an extended degree?

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.

Additional costs

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

Apply to us for January 2019

Start a degree in the new year. Applying is quick and easy – simply call our January hotline on or apply to us online.

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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