BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education
About the course
This programme will be for you if you would like to become a graduate practitioner in the early childhood sector or if you have an interest in working with children and families. The programme focuses on young children’s education, development and care from conception to the age of 7 years. Students will have the opportunity to become confident, self-aware, reflective graduates able to operate as professionals in multi-agency contexts. The programme content draws on international research and practice, including global perspectives of children, different early childhood curricula and established, as well as emerging, theory.
Embedded in the programme are four principles:
- Each child is a competent and capable individual.
- Children’s Rights (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child UNCRC) are recognised and promoted.
- The child is seen holistically in the context of family and society.
- Cooperation with others (parents, colleagues, other professionals etc.) is actively sought for the benefit of the child.
Level 4 (Year 1 full-time)
Modules will focus on personal and professional development as well as on child development and theory.
Level 5 (Year 2 full-time)
Theory is linked to practice through work-related learning and a placement.
Level 6 (Year 3 full-time)
The final year includes core modules, including a research project, along with a choice of modules, allowing you to specialise in a particular area of interest.
As you progress through the programme you will be encouraged to consider your own values and beliefs in relation to early childhood practice, based on your learning and experience.
Why choose this course?
Placement for work-related learning
The programme makes strong links between theory and practice through an extended placement in an early childhood setting in Year 2. The extended placement is a result of ongoing consultation with employers and students. It will enable you to graduate with valuable work related skills and experience.
Early Childhood Education graduates are well placed to seek employment as professionals in early childhood settings. They will also have transferrable skills applicable to a variety of careers related to working with children and families.
Research skills will be embedded throughout the programme, and you will investigate an issue of your choice related to early childhood education in a research project.
As well as knowledge gained throughout the programme, students will develop critical thinking and other transferable skills which can enhance their employability.
Tailor your studies to suit you
The course can be studied both full and part time, making it suitable for students who have recently completed A levels, as well as early childhood practitioners who are already in employment and wish to enhance their level of qualification.
The School of Education has an excellent record of employment. Graduates from this degree will be equipped for careers with children and families in a range of different sectors and roles. They can enter into employment as graduate professionals, offering theoretical knowledge and understanding as well as practice experience. Graduates will also have the underpinning knowledge to progress to Postgraduate teacher training courses (dependent on other selection criteria) or to continue studying for a Master’s Degree (selection criteria may apply).
Graduates from 2018 are progressing to a range of careers and postgraduate study including:
- MA Education Framework
- PGCE Primary Education
- Postgraduate study in law, philosophy and social work
- Permanent employment in early childhood settings
- Teaching assistant
- Child protection in the police
You will learn through practical workshops, reading, seminars lectures and tutorials. A personal tutor will guide you in developing your subject knowledge and academic skills by providing learning and pastoral support. There is an expectation that you will engage with on-line materials and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for studying independently.
You will be taught by staff actively engaged in a wide range of ongoing research and educational enquiry.
The second year of the course focuses on applying theory to practice through work-related learning. In order to achieve this you will undertake an extended placement in an early childhood setting of approximately 22 days.
You will spend a whole week in your placement setting after which you will attend placement for one day each week throughout Semester A and Semester B.
Your learning and experience in placement will support and inform your learning in the taught modules during Year 2. If you are already in work you may not need an additional placement but the placement tutor may recommend some visits to other settings.
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in Year 2 through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
- Personal and Professional Skills - 15 Credits
- Early Childhood Development - 30 Credits
- Creativity and Learning - 30 Credits
- Global Perspectives on Childhood - 30 Credits
- An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
- Psychological Perspectives - 15 Credits
- Transitions in Early Childhood - 15 Credits
- Pedagogical Approaches - 30 Credits
- Children’s Wellbeing - 30 Credits
- Designing an Inquiry - 15 Credits
- Child Study - 15 Credits
- Study Abroad - BA Early Childhood Education - 60 Credits
- Developing my Pedagogical Creed - 30 Credits
- Working with Parents, Families and Communities - 30 Credits
- Research Project - 30 Credits
- Developing Mathematics and Literacy in Early Childhood - 15 Credits
- Special Education Needs and Disability - 15 Credits
- Pedagogical Leadership - 15 Credits
Fees & funding
- £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
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How to apply
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|17/09/2018||27/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time)|
|17/09/2018||26/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time)|
|17/09/2018||25/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time)|
|17/09/2018||27/05/2019||Apply online (Part Time)|
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|28/09/2019||27/05/2020||Apply online (Full Time)|
|26/09/2019||26/05/2020||Apply online (Full Time)|
|25/09/2019||25/05/2020||Apply online (Full Time)|
|28/09/2019||27/05/2020||Apply online (Part Time)|