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- Professional Skills Test - Early Years Education with QTS
- Field trips
- Your future
- Staff profiles
- Preparing for your studies
- Our courses
Our state-of-the-art £9 million Faculty of Education building, overlooking a picturesque lake, is the centrepiece of our Western Campus and the hub of our teaching activity.
It features a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites and 18 further teaching rooms complete with the very latest technology, plus a popular café where students meet to socialise and discuss their studies.
Read more about the facilities within the faculty here.
Professional Skills Test - Early Years Education with QTS
If you have applied to study a course which carries Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will know that one of the conditions of your offer is the successful completion of Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We would really encourage you to start work on these as soon as you can, and advise that you don’t leave them until the last minute. We offer a variety of support to help you prepare, including a webpage with details of how to take the tests and free support sessions for anyone holding an offer with us. There are also some text books that you may wish to read to support your preparation:
- Passing the Numeracy Skills Test by Mark Patmore – ISBN number 9781446275160
- Passing the Literacy Skills Test by Jim Johnson and Bruce Bond – ISBN number 9780859258793
- How to Pass the QTS Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests by Chris Tyreman – ISBN number 9780749462413
Our students love the teaching sessions that take place in our outdoor classroom ‘Forest Edge’. These lessons are based on the Forest School philosophy, and they provide our students with an outstanding experience of using outdoor space for teaching and learning.
In addition, we provide students with new and exciting experiences of teaching and learning beyond the classroom. Currently, this includes opportunities to visit Chester Zoo, a Safari Park, and the Tate Gallery.
Our Early Years students often comment on the support that we offer to ensure our graduates successfully secure employment. Following consultation with our students and employers, we have ensured that our Early Years programmes include the following important aspects:
- CV building, personal statement writing and completing samples of job applications
- Assessment centre navigation and testing. Competency based interviews and group exercises
- Focused tutorials built into the Placement and Action Planning sessions to revisit planning for students’ employability,
- Working closely with Careers Service throughout the academic year and organising a series of talks followed up by tasks and activities within the programme sessions
- “Get me that job!” blog created and maintained by the member of Early Years team, which students are encouraged to use
- Guest speakers for different employment or settings, engaging with our students to support networking
- Personal tutors support. Helping our students building their employability profile through personal tutorials and other events
- Enhancement activities, including field trips
- Opportunities to undertake Paediatric First Aid Training for all Year 3 students to enhance their employability profile.
To find out more about the staff in the Department please click on the images below:
Preparing for your studies
It would be useful if you started enhancing your knowledge of early learning using some of our suggestions below:
- DfE 2014. Early Years Foundation Stage. Cheshire: DfE
- DOWLING, M. 2010. Young Children Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 3rd edition. London: Sage
- FISHER, J. 2016. 4th Ed. Starting from the Child. Maidenhead: OU Press
- MOYLES, J. 2015. The Excellence of Play. Fourth Edition. London: Sage.
- FITZGERALD, D. AND KAY, J. 2016. Understanding Early Years Policy. Fourth Edition. London: Sage.
BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS
BA (Hons) Working and Teaching in The Early Years