BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS*
- Train to teach children aged 3-7 and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS);
- Benefit from our outstanding partnerships with schools and settings;
- 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.
"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.
* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
This distinctive programme is 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 excellent, 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 interests 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.
Edge Hill University
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2014/15 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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Who is this course for?
If you want to be a skilful and creative teacher of children aged 3-7 years then this is the programme for you.
When you successfully complete this degree you will:
- Have a strong knowledge of Early Years education and excellent classroom management skills, so that you meet the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status;
- Have a comprehensive understanding of young children and how to support their development and education in schools and settings;
- Have developed a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of issues related to Early Years education and care;
- Be skilled in monitoring and managing your own development and learning.
How we will support you
Your personal tutor and your trained school mentors will support you and help you to monitor and plan your own progress.
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 model outstanding practice to enable 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 1,700 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 in the North West for graduate employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013;
- Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013 and Sunday Times University Guide 2013.
Fees and Finance
Academic Year 2014/15
If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2014/15, the standard tuition fee is £9,000 per annum.
Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished your degree and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.
Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.
Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships for eligible prospective students that you may qualify to receive. The High Achievers Scholarship and Liverpool Scholarship reward outstanding grades and the National Scholarship Programme supports those from lower income families.
You can also apply for Entrance Scholarships, worth up to £2,000, which reward determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, performance, sport or volunteering.
To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our talented and dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this programme in academic year 2014/15, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2014.
Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only. Fees and finance information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
Not got the entry requirements?
If you do not have the relevant GCSEs required for this programme, Edge Hill University offers GCSE equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science.
Still want more?
If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team by emailing email@example.com 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.