BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS

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Overview

UCAS Code:X310
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for teaching and personal development in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • 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 early years teachers and fully supported by the University.

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

This course trains you to teach across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum in Early Years settings and Primary schools (ages 3-7). If you are committed to becoming an outstanding, creative teacher of young children and 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 degree which will lay the basis of your development as a teaching professional.

Student Profiles

  • Sanchia Watt

    BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS
    This course has equipped me with the essential knowledge and experience I require to become a creative and dedicated teacher.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will follow a number of strands throughout your programme:

  • Personal and Professional Development – You will learn how to study effectively and take charge of your own development. You will develop the planning, teaching and assessment skills that you need to be an outstanding classroom teacher and the wider professional role that you will undertake in schools and settings;
  • The Curriculum – You will study all of the areas of Learning and Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage and all of the National Curriculum subjects for Key Stage 1, including the use of ICT across the curriculum, as well as the subject of Computing. Your excellent subject knowledge will enable you to provide stimulating and imaginative learning experiences for children;
  • Specialism – You will learn about a range of issues linked to children’s learning and development and have the opportunity to study specific areas in detail and undertake small scale research projects, in order to gain great expertise in Early Years education;
  • Professional Practice – You will spend a significant amount of time undertaking professional practices in a variety of Early Years and Key Stage 1 settings during your three years. These will allow you to experience delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum.

How will I study?

Your programme will comprise significant time in schools and settings being trained by expert teachers and fully supported by the University.

During your professional practice you will progress from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom. Through this you will gain a wide range of experiences including working with children aged 0-3, with children who have Special Educational Needs and in providing English as an Additional Language. You will also benefit from a variety of teaching contexts and the role of leadership and management.

University experience will include lectures, tutorials, seminar groups 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 outstanding teachers modelling and reflecting upon a range of approaches to teaching and learning, talk to children and teachers and try out different teaching methods.

You will also have the opportunity to extend your experiences through conference days, workshops and additional specialist teaching opportunities. These include an assessment conference day, primary and early years mathematics masterclasses and holistic week workshops.

How will I be assessed?

Your learning will be assessed in a variety of ways, including your classroom practice, 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 to enable you to improve further.

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

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.

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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Year 1

EYE1000 Early Years Professional Practice Phase 1A (20 credits)

Early Years Professional Practice Phase 1A 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.

EYE1001 Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits)

Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning 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)

Early Years Developing Curriculum Teaching and Learning 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)

Early Years Specialism 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.

Year 2

EYE2000 Early Years Professional Practice Phase 1B (20 credits)

Early Years Professional Practice Phase 1B 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.

EYE2001 Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits)

Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning 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)

Early Years Developing Curriculum Teaching and Learning 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)

Early Years Foundation Subjects 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)

Early Years Specialism 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.

Year 3

EYE3000 Early Years Professional Practice Phase 2 (40 credits)

Early Years Professional Practice Phase 2 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.

EYE3001 Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning (40 credits)

Early Years Curriculum Teaching and Learning 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)

Early Years Developing Curriculum Teaching and Learning 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)

Early Years Specialism 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.

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

120 UCAS Tariff points on the new UCAS Tariff, for which no specific subjects are required but which should include A Level grades BB or equivalent. You will also need GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language and GCSE Science at grade C or equivalent.

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.

An interview will form part of the selection process.

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) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Early Years is a rapidly growing sector within education and Early Years trainees work in schools and settings across the UK. You will qualify as an Early Years Teacher who is able to bring early years practice and underpinning knowledge of child development to your first teaching post.

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.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

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 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2017.

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

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge 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, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

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.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more 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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

4th February 2016 - Change to Entry Requirements

Entry criteria reduced from 320 points on the current UCAS Tariff for 2016/17 entry to 120 points on the new UCAS Tariff for 2017/18 entry. This is equivalent to the requirements changing from ABB to BBB for A Level grades and remaining at DDM for BTEC Extended Diploma awards (or a combination of BTEC QCF qualifications). The reduction is effective from 2017/18 entry.