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Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

X300 - Degree
X301 - HND
X302 - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2017
November 2017
January 2018
February 2018
April 2018
June 2018

Fees:

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+44 (0)1723 336700


Overview

Working with children on educational and personal development is considered one of the most rewarding careers available.

Focusing on development between ages 0-8, this course aims to produce graduates who will raise the quality standard within the early year’s provision by providing training that meets the holistic needs of young children.

Success in this field demands creativity, empathy, logic and a great deal of knowledge alongside the ability to draw upon life experiences. As no two days are the same in this industry, this course focuses on policies, processes, best practices and practical learning to help you understand the key fundamentals of child development.

Why CU Scarborough

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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What our students say

Leaving employment to come back to university was a big step – but it’s great to be surrounded with like-minded and supportive people. The staff and students help me with the digital aspects of the course, and now I am confident and proficient in using computers to support my learning.

Shelly Mumford - CU Student

Course information

The Early Childhood Development & Learning Degree has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required by the industry to develop a career in The Early Years sector, or undertake postgraduate specialist study.

The programme focuses on modern teaching practices with students receiving multi-disciplinary learning to develop key skills such as empathy, interpersonal skills and authoritative expertise.

As you progress through the programme, you will become confident and competent practitioners supporting learning and development of children aged 0-8 years. Establishing creativity, resilience and strategic thinking, you will be equipped with the skills and support necessary for successful entry into the early years sector.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

With a child-centred approach, this year is designed to introduce the key concepts and principles within childhood development and learning. Setting the framework for both academic and professional skills, you will gain an understanding of factors that impact upon learning and development from both individual needs to environmental influences for children between the ages of 0 to 8 years. Within the first year you will be introduced to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), alongside a number of other international curricula. Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Early Childhood Development & Learning.

Modules

  • Collaborative and Supportive Relationships in Early Years

    This module examines fundamental core values and principles when working in early years settings, so that collaborative and supportive relationships are formed and sustained. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of communication methods and how to develop effective and resilient relationships with parents, practitioners and professionals.

    Exploring the complexity of relationships, recognising respect, integrity, patience, honesty and reliability. Developing an understanding on how to promote the same values across all working relationships.

  • Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing

    The aim of this module is to enhance the health and wellbeing of children as well as reducing any risk-taking behaviours. You will also analyse the use of the assessment process in order to identify vulnerability and utilise the knowledge and skills of the multi-professional team to ensure the safeguarding and protection of all children. 

    You will be involved in developing your professional practice within an external placement.

  • The Child and the Family

    This module examines changes that have taken place over the last two centuries within the family structure and the rationale for these differences. These original perceptions of ‘the family’ will be compared against modern day approaches.

    Research suggests that strong families are central to the development of healthy, happy and well-adjusted children.

  • Learning and Developing Through Play

    This module focuses on advocacy for play, and how adults can encourage children to become independent thinkers and problem solvers. Students gain an understanding about why and how children play and the sensitivities needed by practitioners to interact in play and playful experiences.

    You will be involved in developing your professional practice within an external placement.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Scarborough, CU Coventry and CU London come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study on the stunning Yorkshire coast, in the vibrant city of Coventry, or in the UK’s capital. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

As the course progresses, the programme continues to build on knowledge gained in year one to cement a solid foundation of core principles. Critical appraisal of childhood perception is introduced, alongside evaluations of diversity in development methods. You will analyse the role of statutory guidance for early year’s practice and legislation. Finally, students delve into the global arena, interacting with students from international universities such as Copenhagen University to understand global methods. Students who complete year two are awarded a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Early Childhood Development & Learning.

Modules

  • Early Years Curriculum and Practice

    This module features a two-week placement enabling you to gain invaluable functional experience of the national curriculum in practice. You will assess its value in promoting children’s learning and development and establish pedagogical knowledge such as classroom organisation, curriculum management and communication through relevant stages.

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Child Development

    From Piaget to Vygotsky, theorists over time have developed different perceptions of childhood development. You will explore the evolution of teaching and learning methods in line with postmodern theorists and modern day practices. By the end of this module, you should have critical skills as an autonomous learner and be prepared for industry application.

  • Principles and Practices across Literacy and Numeracy Learning

    As part of the Online International Learning (OIL) project, you will communicate with an international university to discuss and compare principle learning in both countries. You will also complete a two-week placement within an early years setting to observe and reflect on the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Researching Children and Families

    This module focuses on developing the analytical and personal skills required to research and assess children and families. You will learn a range of research methods such as qualitative and quantitative data, structured interviews, ethical research and observations.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Scarborough, CU Coventry and CU London come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study on the stunning Yorkshire coast, in the vibrant city of Coventry, the in the UK’s capital. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

Sandwich and placement years 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 workplace. 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.

Overview

In the final year, students enter the arena of cultural diversification and management, delving into international perspectives of children. You’ll explore family structures and different environments, analysing and understanding diverse ethnic backgrounds and educational differences. You will be trained at an executive level, learning the skills required to successfully manage a nursery, including key components such as the recruitment of staff and the Management of Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) requirements. Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Development & Learning.

Modules

  • International Perspectives of the Child

    By adopting a critical approach, this module will address issues regarding the effectiveness of policy and practice for the child and family around the world. Delving into wealth and poverty, child exploitation and the impact of conflict and migration on families, you will discuss how socio-economic and environmental incidents can affect the development of children.

  • Leadership and Management of an Early Years Environment

    In this module, you get the chance to personalise your learning by evolving and mastering your own individual type of leadership, such as charismatic, authoritarian and autocratic styles. You develop management and leadership skills that operate within policy, professional, organisational and cultural contexts such as hiring of appropriate staff.

  • Special Educational Needs

    During this module, you will learn about a range of diverse needs, including disabilities such as autism, dyslexia, development delay and physical disabilities, critically analysing the impact of special needs on the child’s development. Furthermore, you will understand safeguarding issues for children with special educational needs. 

  • Research Project

    This module is an accumulation of the theories, holistic knowledge and practices learned over the duration of the course compacted into a research project of your choice. Choosing any subject covered over the course, you are able to work autonomously, conducting individual research.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Scarborough, CU Coventry and CU London come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study on the stunning Yorkshire coast, in the vibrant city of Coventry, the in the UK’s capital. Find out more about the CU offering.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which is ranked 12th best University in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Coventry University were also awarded Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Scarborough, Coventry and London.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • Hands-on experience of organising and working with young children ages 0-8.

Your main study themes are:

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 an understanding of managing and leading in an early years setting.

Collaborative working and positive relationships 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.

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.

The social context of the child
You will cover the historical, national and international context of childhood. You will also develop a critical appreciation and reflect on societal influences on how childhood is constructed and analyse how this impacts on healthy childhood development and wellbeing.

This course is available as a full-time three year or optional four-year sandwich course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field. Alternatively, part-time study is also available and with our Saturday University programme, this course can be completed in as little as three years. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • Coursework 70%
  • Practical Assessments 30%

assessed by coursework

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 1:30pm-5:30pm

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories, subject to numbers:
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensures you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Contact time with staff is high and group sizes are kept small. We don’t teach in huge lecture theatres filled with hundreds of students.

What our students say

Leaving employment to come back to university was a big step – but it’s great to be surrounded with like-minded and supportive people. The staff and students help me with the digital aspects of the course, and now I am confident and proficient in using computers to support my learning.

Shelly Mumford - CU Student

Entry Requirements

Early Childhood Development & Learning HNC

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

Early Childhood Development & Learning HND

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

Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.
Students will be subject to a DBS check before enrolment.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Health, Education & Wellbeing Foundation course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Health & Human Sciences Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Early Childhood Development & Learning HNC

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

Early Childhood Development & Learning HND

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

Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.
Students will be subject to a DBS check before enrolment.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Health, Education & Wellbeing Foundation course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Health & Human Sciences Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Early Childhood Development & Learning HNC

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

Early Childhood Development & Learning HND

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

Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.
Students will be subject to a DBS check before enrolment.

CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • 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)
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Scarborough. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Scarborough. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Scarborough.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Scarborough their firm choice.

CU Scarborough has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

What our students say

Leaving employment to come back to university was a big step – but it’s great to be surrounded with like-minded and supportive people. The staff and students help me with the digital aspects of the course, and now I am confident and proficient in using computers to support my learning.

Shelly Mumford - CU Student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,102 (per year)


November 2017

£7,102 (per year)


January 2018

£7,102 (per year)


February 2018

£7,102 (per year)


April 2018

£7,102 (per year)


June 2018

£7,102 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,102 (per year)


November 2017

£7,102 (per year)


January 2018

£7,102 (per year)


February 2018

£7,102 (per year)


April 2018

£7,102 (per year)


June 2018

£7,102 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2017

£10,361 (per year)


November 2017

£10,361 (per year)


January 2018

£10,361 (per year)


February 2018

£10,361 (per year)


April 2018

£10,361 (per year)


June 2018

£10,361 (per year)


Full-time (UK/EU)

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 Scarborough Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)

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.

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 Scarborough from Student Finance England.

What our students say

Leaving employment to come back to university was a big step – but it’s great to be surrounded with like-minded and supportive people. The staff and students help me with the digital aspects of the course, and now I am confident and proficient in using computers to support my learning.

Shelly Mumford - CU Student

Career prospects

With an ever-growing demand in the early years sector, graduates from this course have a wide variety of career paths to explore.

Successfully completing our degree means your chances of employment are improved and the level at which you enter the job market could mean a higher salary. Graduates can go on to work in nurseries, the public sector, governing bodies, schools and more.

Where our graduates work

Previous CU Graduates have progressed into successful careers within industry, for a number of Organisations such as Busy Bees Nursery and Angels Childcare Recruitment.

What our students say

Leaving employment to come back to university was a big step – but it’s great to be surrounded with like-minded and supportive people. The staff and students help me with the digital aspects of the course, and now I am confident and proficient in using computers to support my learning.

Shelly Mumford - CU Student