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Early Childhood Development and Learning HNC/HND/BA (Hons) Degree

OVERVIEW

The Early Years sector is undergoing radical and rapid change. The 0-5 age range is an area in which a well qualified workforce has been identified as the key to raising the quality standards of early years’ provision and has been highlighted as a government priority. Reforms state everyone who works with children and young people must have common core skills and knowledge to help them work better together, communicate better and have a firm basis on which to build their career in children’s services. This recognition demands that the early years’ work force is fully equipped and trained to meet the holistic needs of young children. Therefore, this course is designed to prepare knowledgeable graduates with the ability to work towards the changing requirements for Early Years Practitioners in light of the developments within the Department for Education (DfE) (2013) More Great Childcare.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Childhood Development and Learning HNC

The HNC provides a child-centred approach, as well as a framework for academic and professional skills development, that meets the roles within the sector for those working with children and their families. The course develops your essential understanding of the key concepts and principles of the common core of skills and knowledge for the children and young people’s workforce specified with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You will gain a depth of understanding about childhood and the holistic influences and factors that impact on development and learning from 0 – 7 years. It supports those looking to progress academically and those wishing to support or broaden their work based skills and learning.

Childhood Development and Learning HND

The HND provides a child-centred approach, as well as a framework for academic and professional skills development, that meets the roles within the sector for those working with children and their families. The course continues to develop an in depth understanding of the key concepts and principles of the common core of skills and knowledge for the children and young people’s workforce specified with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You will critically examine the diversity of how childhood is perceived and the role of statutory guidance for early years practice and legislation and its ability to support children and their families. It supports those looking to progress academically and those wishing to support or broaden their work based skills and learning. The course is tailored to prepare you for the employment market by ensuring that foundations, for entering graduate professions in the early year’s field, are laid.

Childhood Development and Learning BA (Hons) Degree

The BA (Hons) provides a child-centred approach, as well as a framework for academic and professional skills development, that meets the roles within the sector for those working with children and their families. The government want more graduates to work in the early year’s sector so they can plan, organise and run a wide range of learning and play activities for young children in safe and supportive settings, leading best practice for their organisations.

The course supports you to develop acritical awareness of the key concepts and principles of the common core of skills and knowledge for the children and young people’s workforce specified with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

You will be able to take advantage of a range of opportunities to work with children, families and support agencies in early year’s settings. For some, this is an opportunity to progress into the teaching profession through graduate teacher training; whether into primary school teaching (primary PGCE); the new early year’s specialist teacher (ITT) or through graduate teacher training programme (GTTP).

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Childhood Development and Learning HNC (year 1)

  • Collaborative and supportive relationships in early years
  • Promoting children’s health and wellbeing
  • The child and the family
  • Learning and developing through play

Childhood Development and Learning HND (year 2)

  • Early years curriculum and practice
  • Theoretical perspectives on child development
  • The social context of childhood
  • International perspectives of childhood

Childhood Development and Learning BA (Hons) Degree (year3)

  • Researching and assessing children and families
  • Leadership and management of an early year’s environment
  • Special educational needs
  • Research project

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The social context of the child – you will cover the historical, national and international context of childhood. You will also develop a critical appreciation of refection of societal influences on how childhood is constructed and analysis of how this impacts on healthy childhood development and well-being;
  • Working in early years settings – you will examine the legislation, safeguarding, health and safety, team working and management involved in childhood development. You will also develop a understanding of managing and leading in an early years setting;
  • The importance of collaborative working and positive relationships working with children – you will look at the role of multi-agency working and positive supportive relationships with children. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the range of education, health and welfare provision to promote children’s health and wellbeing and continue to develop their awareness of the role of team and partnership working;
  • Theoretical and practical concepts relating to children’s learning and development – you will explore a range of theories and practical aspects relevant to children’s learning and development. You will also develop your awareness of children’s learning and healthy development with application to diverse children including those with special educational needs;
  • Values and principles working with children and families – you will develop an understanding of the effective practice with children and families. You will also explore researching children and families and ethical considerations that must be included;
  • Assessing and promoting children’s healthy development and learning– you will develop the skills to assess and promote healthy development and learning. You will also critically examine and reflection own potential contribution to promoting children’s healthy development and learning and analyse a range of factors that impact of health and wellbeing and assess how they can be addressed to diverse range of children.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we will assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place during and at the end of each six-week block.

TEACHING CONTACT HOURS

As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Part-time students will study on Saturdays 9.00 - 18.00. 

Entry Requirements

Childhood Development and Learning HNC

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Childhood Development and Learning HND

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Childhood Development and Learning BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3).

Access to HE Diploma

A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A-C, or specified equivalents. In addition, the need to pass our own internal Maths/English test and interview.

Foundation course

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the Foundation level. Successful completion of the following will guarantee you access onto this degree programme: 

We understand that not everyone fits easily into this national framework, particularly if you already have professional work experience. If you’d like to discuss with us what your qualifications and/or experience allow you to study, please get in touch and we’ll try to help.

This course also requires a completed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, either dated within 3 months of the course start date or applied for within 6 weeks of the course start date. For September, November, April and June intakes, we will contact you within 6 weeks of your start date to request your DBS documents. For January and February intakes, you must already have a valid DBS in place, and provide us with proof, in order to enrol onto the course. If you do not have this in place in time, then we will defer you to a later intake.

Tier 4 students will be required to obtain a 5 year Certificate of Good Conduct from the Embassy of their home country and when they enroll they must undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


FEES AND FUNDING

Full-time course is: £7,102 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,775.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £7,102. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,775.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £7,102.

International course fees for 2017/18 is: £10,361

Funding

As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.

HOW TO APPLY

You can make your application in two ways:

If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Childhood Development and Learning HNC

The HNC provides the opportunity to develop key employability skills valued by employers; skills of team work, independent work, presentation, role play and an ability to articulate effectively in a variety of contexts.

Successful completion of the HNC programme also provides a progression pathway to the Children and Young Peoples’ Nursery BSc at Coventry University.

Childhood Development and Learning HND

The HND provides opportunity to develop key employability skills valued by employers; skills of team work, independent work, presentation, role play and an ability to articulate effectively in a variety of contexts. Today’s employers in the public, private and voluntary early years sectors seek professionals to raise the standards and quality of early years provision who can function seamlessly in today’s modern and complex children's environments and have a thorough knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Our Early Childhood Studies courses have been designed to give you a thorough grounding in early year’s skills and the professional qualifications you’ll need to pursue a hugely rewarding career.

Childhood Development and Learning BA (Hons) Degree

The BA (Hons) provides opportunity to develop key employability skills valued by employers; skills of team work, independent work, presentation, role play and an ability to articulate effectively in a variety of contexts. Today’s employers in the public, private and voluntary early years sectors seek professionals to raise the standards and quality of early years provision who can function seamlessly in today’s modern and complex children's environments and have a thorough knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Our Early Childhood Studies courses have been designed to give you a thorough grounding in early year’s skills and the professional qualifications you’ll need to pursue a hugely rewarding career.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Work placements are an integral part of the course and those studying level 1 and 2 qualifications have two mandatory placements of two weeks each. 

They give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

APPLY FOR THIS COURSE ORDER A PROSPECTUS
Course code:
CUCU018
Duration:
  • HNC: 1 year full time; 14 months part time (UK/EU only)
  • HND: 2 years full time; 30 months part time (UK/EU only)
  • Degree: 3 years full time; 48 months part time (UK/EU only)

Qualification:
  • HNC/HND
  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time (UK/EU only)

Fees:
£10,361

Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787