Montessori Early Childhood Practice - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Montessori Early Childhood Practice BA (Hons) is delivered in partnership with Montessori International, which is a leading provider of early years and Montessori training.

You’ll study at the Montessori Centre International located in St John’s Wood and be taught by Montessori specialists to use their teaching materials, study child development and explore contemporary early childhood practice in accordance with the Montessori philosophy and practice. Each year of the programme also offers a work placement, during which you’ll learn how theory and practice come together on a professional placement.

More about this course

Our Montessori Early Childhood Practice BA (Hon) examines the study of play, development and learning of young children focusing on Montessori philosophy and practice.

On the course you’ll be introduced to historical, political and socio-cultural contexts that affect early childhood studies. You will explore range of local and international perspectives too passive with reference to children’s rights, children’s health and wellbeing, as well as pedagogical and curriculum approaches. You will also draw on disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy when studying child development and play.

The distinct philosophy and pedagogy of Montessori practice is embedded throughout the course, with the aim of helping you to develop as a reflective practitioner who is forward thinking, responsive and ready to engage in contemporary early years discourse. You’ll also find emphasis on active learning with a gradual transition from guided study to more independent and self-directed learning.

Our approach will combine face-to-face and online study to provide flexibility but also allow you to collaborate with tutors and fellow students. Our virtual learning environment will hold all key resources, including interactive workbooks, additional reading, video and text resources. It will also provide an additional source for communication with fellow students and tutors, as well as being a hub for assignment submission, formative feedback and peer review. During classes we’ll employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including workshop-seminars, lectures, apparatus practice in specifically equipped Montessori classrooms, guided reading, individual tutorials, independent study and opportunities for reflection on practice.

In addition to our University resources, such as the Learning Centre, you’ll have access to the specialist Montessori and early years library located in St John’s Wood. You’ll also have access to a common room, where you’ll be able to discuss your lessons and practice with fellow students.

Our programme is focused on workplace skills and professional practice and therefore you’ll undertake observations during your placement and complete a range of tasks and reflective exercises to improve your theoretical understanding in the context of professional practice. You’ll handle curriculum materials and make evaluations of curriculum approaches, resources and practice and reflect on techniques to promote effective interactions with parents/carers. You’ll also develop transferable skills in presenting evidence, arguments and points of view to a range of audiences through a range of media.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a series of practical assessments that will be setting-based. There will also be written assignments, presentations and a portfolio. In your final year you will complete a research project.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code X404
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of 112 UCAS points in three A-levels (or equivalent from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • two references
  • an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

You will be required to attend an interview at Montessori Centre International in person or via video conferencing.

If you hold a full and relevant Level 3 Childcare qualification as per National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements, you will not need to hold a Mathematics GCSE qualification.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Early Childhood Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Year 1 modules include:

  • Montessori Early Childhood Practice Curriculum (1)
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practice Curriculum (2)
  • Perspectives on Children’s Development and Well-being
  • Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement (1)

Year 2 modules include:

  • Professional Studies and Practitioner Enquiry
  • Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in Early Childhood
  • Supporting Diversity in Early Childhood
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters
  • Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six

Year 3 modules include:

  • Leading Practice in a Montessori Setting
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practice Project
  • Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood
  • Debating Montessori Provision: Birth to Three

After the course

This degree offers a number of career opportunities in nurseries and day care settings. On graduation you could become a manager in a Montessori setting, set up your own Montessori nursery or work in a wider childcare and education setting.

Following your bachelor’s degree you may also choose to progress on to postgraduate study, gaining Early Years Teacher Status, a PGCE or Master’s 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

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

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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