Early Childhood Studies
This degree course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.
Early childhood is viewed as the most formative period of life and the experiences gained during this time shape and lay the foundations for our future. Today’s early childhood sector requires highly qualified, graduate practitioners to meet the ever-changing needs of the child and their family, and our course has been designed to give you the academic knowledge to succeed, plus the critical application of theory to practice through a variety of work placements, including nurseries, schools, special schools and children’s centres.
Our Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner) degree is one of the very first in the UK to incorporate the new and innovative Graduate Practitioner Competencies status, introduced this academic year in response to demand for more highly-qualified, graduate practitioners entering the sector. This new course is endorsed by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) and recognised by the Department for Education (DfE). It means students going on to do this degree will be assessed for nine distinct competencies over the three years and, on graduation, hold a licence to practice in certain areas of the sector, as well as apply theory to practice at degree level. This will enable you to stand out when applying for jobs, benefitting children’s development.
This course also includes diverse enrichment opportunities, including Makaton training, baby massage and Lego therapy, to further widen your skills, as well as visits to experience different childhood approaches first-hand, e.g. trips to Forest Schools. This course will provide you with a strong foundation for progression into a variety of careers working with children, with opportunities for postgraduate study, including our PGCE.
Why should I choose this course?
- You will learn about the key characteristics of childhood and how to meet the needs of young children.
- You will research how to help children develop and grow by creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning.
- You will gain in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development such as social trends and the impact of legislation.
- You will be provided with an opportunity to enhance your key employability skills to enable your career progression.
- For your final project, you can research a topic that interests you and can be relevant to your personal interests or intended future employment.
All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs.
- Nurturing Children’s Health and Well-being
- Introduction to the Early Years Framework
- The Child in Society
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusive PlayGrowth, Learning and Development
- Pioneers, Pedagogy and Philosophy
- Child Protection and Safety in Practice
- Effective Leadership and Management Skills
- Child Development
- Developing Research
- SEND within the Early Years Sector
Plus one option from:
- Creativity and Play in the Early Years
- Children of the Future
- Transition of Childhood
- Leading and Managing Systems
- Enhancing Employability for Graduate Practice
Plus one option from:
- Socio-Historical Aspects of Childhood
- Children’s Voice
- Pedagogical Leadership in Play
This course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career working with children in a professional capacity.
Depending upon experience, graduates will be equipped to work in child-related organisations in education, welfare, leisure, advocacy and counselling/mentoring in a variety of roles, including:
- Lecturer in Further Education
- Family event organiser
- Special Educational Needs Coordinator
- Voluntary work abroad
- Children and adolescent mental health advisor/officer
- Family liaison officer (with the police service)
- Family link officer (for the prison service)
- Out of school club manager
- Nursery manager/owner
- Early years teaching and learning support worker
- Employability coordinator – Early Childhood Studies
Alternatively, with further study, opportunities exist to become a child psychologist, teacher, social worker, nurse, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist.
Want to go on to teach? Your pathway to our PGCE
- If you get a 2.2 in your Early Childhood Studies degree and have GCSE maths, English and science, you can apply to progress onto our PGCE Primary (3-11 years) with QTS, your pathway into teaching.
- If you do not currently hold a GCSE science, then speak to your year tutor, who will be able to advise you on how you can study this independently, but alongside your course at UCB.
- Our PGCE is accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the UK’s top universities.
- If you progress to our PGCE, you qualify for a £1,130 PGCE progression fee waiver, plus a £500 discount on fees.
- You will also qualify for The Kick-Start Scheme– if eligible, you receive credit of up to £800, which can be used to buy course-related materials and other items within UCB and you don’t have to pay it back.
About this institute
University College of Birmingham
Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with...
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