BA (Hons) Early Years Education

Enhance your knowledge of early years education for children from birth to five years as you analyse current approaches, examine how to meet children's individual needs, and explore the role of play.

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  • Overview

    Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Education and Teaching
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Holy Cross College, Bury

    Please note, the first intake to this programme is for September 2021 entry.

    This is a Level 6 conversion programme, giving you the opportunity to progress from a foundation degree (or equivalent) to an honours degree in a relevant subject.

    The programme is primarily aimed at students progressing from the FdA Early Years Education and Leadership programme, although progression from other related foundation degrees may be possible. Focusing on the study of early years education frameworks within a range of local, national and international contexts, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to become an excellent practitioner within your setting and beyond, while also boosting your personal and professional career development.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    This programme will challenge your assumptions about children’s learning and development. You will be encouraged to reflect on perceptions of what young children should be taught and how they should learn. You will explore the role of play in children’s learning and examine the development of play-based provision in early years settings.

    Adopting a critical perspective on early years education, you will discover the key theories and underpinning issues in the education of babies and young children and gain an insight into how to work collaboratively with parents, families and communities.

    You will also undertake a small-scale research project where you will identify and investigate an aspect of early years education to explore in-depth.

    How will I study?

    The programme uses a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, presentations, collaborative group work and individual directed tasks. Attendance is one day per week with additional online support.

    Supported learning using the internet and Edge Hill University’s online resources is a major feature of the programme. No prior IT experience is necessary, as full support will be provided.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed in each module that you study. This may take the form of an assignment, portfolio, presentation or a combination of these methods.

    There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

    Who will be teaching me?

    You will be taught by a team of lecturers and associate tutors with extensive expertise and experience and a passion for their subject. All the team are involved in current research and have actively contributed to the development of the Early Years Foundation Stage, as well as various research projects at national and international levels.

    A Great Study Environment

    The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

    Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

    The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

    Modules

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    FDR3000Research Project (40 credits)

    Research Project enables you to identify an area of personal and professional interest to investigate and carry out a small-scale research project. The module will allow you to demonstrate your enhanced critical ability to interpret findings and justify personal and professional points of view, based on current research. Exploring an aspect of early years education or leadership in-depth also contributes to your personal professional development, providing you with the opportunity to learn how to approach ideas in a systematic manner and support your arguments with references to relevant national and international research.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    FEE3001Critical Perspective on the Early Years Education (20 credits)

    Critical Perspective on the Early Years Education develops your ability to challenge certain assumptions about children’s learning and development. This will be achieved through a critical reflection on theoretical perspectives alongside analytical discussion informed by current research. The module considers some of the very specific challenges related to early years education, focusing on the issues of government policies and historical changes related to perceptions of what young children should be taught and how they should learn. You will critically analyse current curriculum frameworks and methods of teaching young children, exploring how theory and practice are influenced by contemporary debates, issues and research findings within the UK educational landscape and across the world.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    FEE3002Developing Play-Based Provision in the Early Years Settings (20 credits)

    Developing Play-Based Provision in the Early Years Settings explores the role of play in children’s learning and how to develop play-based provision in early years settings. The module is centred around the premise that play is the principal vehicle for children’s learning in the early years and that effective play provision needs to be planned through a firm understanding of children’s needs and the principles of play-based learning. Examining both theoretical and practical approaches to play-based provision, as well as ‘playful’ pedagogies, you will critically reflect on examples of best practice in the development of effective play-based provision. The module will help you to further your knowledge and skills in developing indoor and outdoor environments that promote and facilitate children’s learning and development.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    FEE3003Working Collaboratively to Meet Each Child's Individual Needs (20 credits)

    Working Collaboratively to Meet Each Child’s Individual Needs will further your critical knowledge and understanding of working in collaboration with parents and early years practitioners, including multi-disciplinary teams, in the context of early years settings. The module focuses on the key principles and controversies related to collaborative work in early years settings. You will consider current practice from a critical perspective and enhance your understanding of the key aspects of working in partnership with children’s parents, families and communities, giving thought to the associated challenges and possible solutions.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    FEE3004Teaching in the Early Years (20 credits)

    Teaching in the Early Years explores the key theories and underpinning issues in the education of babies and young children in their early years. The concept of teaching will be revisited in relation to working with young children and in view of government policies and the school-readiness agenda. The module will challenge your knowledge and understanding of what it means to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One curricula, reflecting on a variety of sources. The key theories of teaching will be explored with emphasis on significant aspects of the teaching cycle. The issues of children’s transitions will be critically discussed and reflected upon. This module will also explore and critique different pedagogies and their relevance to the aims, values and principles of the current early years curriculum.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    Timetables

    You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

    Disclaimer

    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    To join this programme you need to have completed a foundation degree in Early Years Education and Leadership or a related subject. If you have an equivalent qualification, please check to ensure this is acceptable. It is desirable to be in a leadership role within your setting.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    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 academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    Early years is a rapidly growing sector and our early years graduates work in settings across the UK. We offer excellent support throughout the programme to help you gain an understanding of the opportunities that exist for early years graduates.

    As an Early Years Education graduate, you will have the opportunity to develop your existing career, or embark on an exciting new path, in a wide range of areas working with children and communities. This could include roles such as a graduate early years’ practitioner, family support worker, community leader or a researcher for a charity in the voluntary sector.

    Alternatively, you may wish to train to teach or embark on further study at postgraduate level.

    Finance

    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective student who will be joining this conversion degree in academic year 2021/22, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

    Apply

    How to Apply

    There is an online application process for this programme.

    Applications for September 2021 entry will open later this year. Please keep checking this page for updates.

    Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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