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BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS*

Summary 2015/16

  • Train to teach children aged 3-7 and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS);
  • Benefit from a programme which comprises significant time in school, training alongside expert teachers and fully supported by the University;
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked top in the North West for academic support and in the top two in the North West for student satisfaction, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, and teaching in the National Student Survey 2013.

* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

This distinctive programme, developed by Early Years experts, provides an exciting opportunity to train to teach in the Early Years Foundation Stage or in Key Stage 1 of primary schools. If you are committed to becoming an outstanding, creative teacher of young children and you want to acquire a deep understanding of how they develop and learn, then this is the programme for you.

You will learn how to enthuse and inspire young children with creative teaching while developing your own expertise and receiving individual support to meet your needs. You will follow a number of strands throughout the three years of your programme which will lay the basis of your development as a teaching professional.

Location: Edge Hill University
UCAS: X310
Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
3 years: Full Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

320 UCAS tariff points, to include A Level grades BB or equivalent, plus GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Science at grade C or equivalent. To find out how you can achieve this Tariff score, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

Candidates are expected to have relevant experience in early years settings or schools and the personal qualities, values and attributes that relate to the role of a teacher.

Please note, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered sufficient for initial teacher training purposes.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

How do I apply?

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply to find out more about the application process.


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What will I study?

You will follow a number of strands throughout your programme:

  • You will learn how to study effectively at university and take charge of your own development. You will gain the planning, teaching and assessment skills that you need to be an excellent teacher;
  • Studying all the Areas of Learning and Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage, together with all the National Curriculum subjects for Key Stage 1 including the use of ICT across the curriculum, you will develop the knowledge to enable you to provide stimulating and imaginative learning experiences for children;
  • You will learn about children's social, cognitive and behavioural development and a range of educational provision in order to become an Early Years expert. Within your specialism you will have the opportunity to undertake action research projects in school and early years settings and enhance your knowledge and understanding of how high quality Early Years provision is developed;
  • The programme involves a significant amount of time in schools and early years settings over a series of placements. You will work alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase in relation to responsibility, as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom. You will progressively assume the responsibility for the children and their achievement and progress, involving excellence in teaching, learning and assessment.

How will I study?

Your university experience will include lectures, seminars and independent study supported by online and distance learning materials. In workshops you will engage in and reflect on classroom-type activities.

In schools and settings, you will observe and talk to children and teachers, try out different teaching methods, and undertake a range of differentiated training experiences as you develop your role as an Early Years teacher and assume increasing responsibility.

You will work with children with a range of learning needs and with a range of abilities, providing you with excellent experience in classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.

Who will be teaching me?

Your school mentor and university tutors will ensure that you learn from experts within the school and university settings. You will be taught by a range of highly qualified and experienced tutors including practising Early Years teachers. Your tutors care passionately about high quality Early Years education and will help you to develop your own teaching style.

How will I be assessed?

Your learning will be assessed in a variety of ways, including portfolios of school-based work, written assignments, oral presentations and your teaching in schools and settings. You will be given clear assessment criteria and constructive feedback.

What are my career prospects?

Early Years is a rapidly growing sector within education and our Early Years trainees work in schools across the UK. Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher. You will have an ability to teach in Early Years settings and primary schools, a strong knowledge of Early Years and Primary education, and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage and Primary curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. Skills in monitoring and managing your own development, and an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

Before the end of your degree you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Further study at Edge Hill University

As a teacher you will be keen to build your skills as your career progresses. Edge Hill is one of the largest providers of Professional Development for teachers in the country. You could gain further qualifications through your work in schools and settings, or through further in-depth study.

During your ITT programme we will carefully prepare you for your Induction Year by helping you to identify your continuing training needs. Edge Hill's Professional Development Team will continue to support you through your Induction Year and be available to throughout your teaching career.

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A Great Study Environment

Based in 160 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Ormskirk Campus is a unique and inspirational place to study. Industry standard resources and cutting edge technology combine to make an interactive and highly advanced teaching and learning environment.

Everything you could want is on one site with 60 acres of sport and leisure facilities, more than 1,900 rooms in halls of residence, and fantastic modern spaces in which you can study and socialise. There is also a University library, providing you with access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and extensive PC and media provision.

You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked:

  • Top ten for employability (HESA 2014. Employment indicator for comparable English public universities);
  • Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014 and Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,150 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2015/16.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2015/16 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2015.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren't linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships are available to eligible UK and EU students which you may qualify to receive. These scholarships reward outstanding grades and support students from lower income families with the cost of higher education.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Not got the entry requirements?

If you would like pre-entry advice and guidance about your qualifications, please email study@edgehill.ac.uk or call 01695 657000.

If you do not have the relevant GCSEs required for this programme, Edge Hill University offers GCSE equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual's professional and employment experience (also referred to as 'experiential learning').

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Still want more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact Course Enquiries by emailing study@edgehill.ac.uk or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.


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Modules

Year 1

EYE1001 Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits) introduces you to the programme's approach to your personal and professional development. The module will develop your subject knowledge around the principles and concepts underpinning the prime elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, i.e. Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. You will also develop subject knowledge in the specific areas of Mathematics and Understanding the World (The World).

EYE1002 Early Years Developing Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits) introduces you to further aspects of your professional development while continuing to enhance aspects of your personal development. The module centres on subject knowledge around the principles and concepts underpinning specific elements of the current Early Years Foundation curriculum, such as Expressive Arts and Design, Literacy, Mathematics, and Understanding the World (People and Communites, Technology).

EYE1003 Early Years Specialism (40 credits) will furnish you with an understanding of the models and theories of teaching and learning which underpin early learning and development. You will gain an understanding of the role of play and experiential learning in children's learning and development as well as knowledge and skills in relation to supporting children's learning and development within the context of an early years environment.

EYE1000 Early Years Professional Practice Phase 1A (20 credits) is the first of three assessed placement modules and will be undertaken in a nursery class. You will develop your approach to all aspects of the role of the teacher, initially with small groups and, as the module progresses, with whole classes. An individual development plan will be devised and you will have the opportunity to undertake a range of training experiences linked to the requirements of the placement and your own particular needs.

Year 2

EYE2001 Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits) will enhance your personal and professional development. You will revisit aspects of pedagogy, consolidating and extending your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to subject and pedagogical knowledge. You will also hone your personal and academic study skills. The module will introduce you to the current National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and will develop your understanding of the principles, aims and rationale behind the documentation. You will also develop your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a class practitioner alongside an emerging subject knowledge of the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science. A particular focus is given to behaviour management and special educational needs.

EYE2002 Early Years Developing Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits) continues to enhance your personal and professional development. You will revisit further aspects of pedagogy, consolidating and extending your knowledge, understanding and skills, and will continue to hone your personal and academic study skills. Your knowledge and understanding of the Primary curriculum at Key Stage 1 will continue to grow, with a particular focus on developing subject knowledge for English, Mathematics, Science and Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL). You will begin to apply your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a classroom practitioner to further elements of these core subjects, as well as beginning to develop an understanding of children's individual needs and how these can be catered for effectively at Key Stage 1.

EYE2003 Early Years Foundation Subjects (20 credits) straddles your Early Years professional practice and has been deliberately planned so that learning can be led by the school partnership. The module will identify subject-specific knowledge while reflecting on the broad range of pedagogical possibilities. Sessions will also involve a focus upon individual subjects as well as the blend between subjects, for example History and Art, or Religious Education and Music, to ensure you understand the important links between different areas of the curriculum. In order to model outstanding teaching and to ensure you reflect upon this, a creative and experiential approach to learning will be applied and may include a modelled field trip, a trainee conference or an alternative initiative.

EYE2004 Early Years Specialism (20 credits) equips you with an understanding of the historical and international influences on Early Years teaching and learning. You will develop and apply your own personal philosophy and principles of learning and teaching in Early Years settings, taking account of the rights of the child. You will observe the role of other Early Years professionals and identify how they work collaboratively to support the holistic wellbeing and development of young children.

EYE2000 Early Years Professional Practice Phase 1B (20 credits) is the second of three assessed placement modules and will be undertaken in a Key Stage 1 context. You will further develop your approach to all aspects of the role of the teacher, initially with small groups and, as the module progresses, with whole classes, taking responsibility for the class for approximately 50% of the teaching time during the placement. Your personal development plan will be reviewed and revised as appropriate and you will have the opportunity to undertake a range of school-led training experiences linked to the requirements of the placement and your own particular needs.

Year 3

EYE3001 Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits) revisits aspects of pedagogy, consolidating and extending your knowledge, understanding and skills and continues to develop your personal and academic study skills. The module will extend and enhance your subject knowledge around the principles and concepts underpinning the prime elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, i.e. Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. You will also extend and enhance your subject knowledge in the specific areas of Mathematics and Understanding the World (The World).

EYE3002 Early Years Developing Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits) revisits further aspects of pedagogy, consolidating and extending your knowledge, understanding and skills and continues to develop your personal and academic study skills. The module will consolidate your subject knowledge around the principles and concepts underpinning specific elements of the current Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, including Expressive Arts and Design, Literacy, Mathematics and Understanding the World (People and Communities, Technology).

EYE3003 Early Years Specialism (40 credits) equips you with an understanding of some of the key national strategies which may impact on early years provision and pedagogy. You will evaluate the processes required to lead and support effective transitions for young children and discover how to work effectively with parents as partners in children's learning. You will also develop the necessary skills to undertake a personal, practice-based research project in relation to an area of personal interest in an early years context.

EYE3000 Early Years Professional Practice Phase 2 (40 credits) is the third of three assessed placement modules and will be undertaken in an Early Years Foundation Stage classroom. You will develop your approach to all aspects of the role of the teacher and will lead the teaching and learning within the class for 80% of the planned timetable. You will have the opportunity to undertake a range of school-led training experiences linked to the requirements of the placement and your own particular needs. Your personal development plan will be reviewed and refined as appropriate and used as the basis for establishing a Career Entry and Development Profile.


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