Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

X300 - Degree
X301 - HND
X302 - HNC

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (work placement)
4 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2021
November 2021
January 2022
February 2022
April 2022
June 2022

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

Course code:

X300 - Degree
X301 - HND
X302 - HNC

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (work placement)
4 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2021
November 2021
January 2022
February 2022
April 2022
June 2022

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

Course code:

X300 - Degree
X301 - HND
X302 - HNC

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (work placement)
4 years part-time

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2021
November 2021
January 2022
February 2022
April 2022
June 2022

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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 offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and most of our courses cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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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Course information

This 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 eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Early Childhood Development & Learning.

Modules

  • Collaborative and Supportive Relationships in Early Years Setting

    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. Students will explore the complexity of relationships, recognising respect, integrity, patience, honesty and reliability; developing an understanding of 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. 

  • The Child and the Family

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

    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.

  • Learning and Development 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 of why and how children play and the sensitivities needed by practitioners to interact in play and playful experiences.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough 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, subject to course and availability. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

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 eligible for 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 EYFS or 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.

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Child Development

    From Piaget and Vygotsky to the present day, 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 current practice. By the end of this module, you will develop critical skills as an autonomous learner and be prepared for industry application.

  • Principles and Practices across Literacy and Numeracy Learning

    Literacy and numeracy skills are fundamental to all areas of learning in one’s life. This module examines the ways in which literacy and numeracy principles are embedded and applied within the early years curriculum in the UK. Students are encouraged to analyse different pedagogical practices in order to comprehend their effect on how children learn. A cross-cultural perspective is developed to recognise and appreciate diverse abilities in children and considers the impact of cultural backgrounds and life circumstances that may affect teaching and learning, with a focus on literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Researching and Assessing Children and Families

    This module explores the ways by which research and assessment can have a positive impact on the lives of children and families. It supports students in developing the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to undertake research. Different approaches to, and methods of, research and ethical principles will be considered and evaluated.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough 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, subject to course and availability. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Overview

An optional placement or sandwich year gives you the chance to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between years two and three. If you decide to take advantage of a placement year this version of the degree will help you acquire valuable work experience and gain an understanding of what employers seek in graduates. It is your responsibility to find a placement with an employer within your chosen sector. The careers and employability department, alongside the course team, will support you throughout your placement year.

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 Childhood

    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 factors can affect the development of children.

  • Effective Leadership and Management of an Early Years Environment

    Within this module students will develop professional skills and academic knowledge relevant to the areas of leadership and partnership working. You will focus on the early years practitioner as a team member in the workplace and beyond. By examining leadership and management within a theoretical context you will develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of leading and supporting others within the early years sector.

  • Special Educational Needs

    This module allows students to develop an understanding of the importance of inclusion in education. It is vital that students understand the ways in which children are defined, diagnosed and labelled as having special education needs and the consequential experiences and potential impacts upon them and their family. The diversity of special needs is examined and the implications on learning for the child, family and provision is explored.

  • Research Project

    This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth research exploration of an aspect of childhood development and learning that has interested you within the course. By using skills developed throughout your course you will be able to work autonomously, supported by a supervisor, to develop your own research project.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough 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, subject to course and availability. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

15th

Coventry has been ranked top 15 in the UK for 5 years running in the The Guardian University Guide 2016-2020. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Scarborough, Coventry and London.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions 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:

  • Child development and the factors that impact on healthy development
  • Working in early years settings
  • Legislation, safeguarding, health and safety, team working and management involved in early years settings
  • Collaborative working and positive relationships with children
  • The role of multi-agency working and positive supportive relationships with children
  • Values and principles working with children and families
  • An understanding of the effective practice with children and families
  • Research with children and families and ethical considerations
  • The social context of the child
  • The historical, national and international contexts of childhood

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, you can study this course part-time.

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.

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.

 

Full-time

If you choose to study full-time you can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week, made up of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, online classes and independent learning.

Part-time

If you choose to study part-time you’ll usually receive up to eleven hours per week of blended learning, including classes, tutorials and online learning. Outside of this, there will also be independent study and online support.

Please note: part-time courses run subject to numbers.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, we may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), we may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

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.

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 BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/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 a relevant 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 BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/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 a relevant 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 BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/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

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 successful completion and meeting any additional entry criteria, qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

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 2021

£7,900 (per year)


November 2021

£7,900 (per year)


January 2022

£7,900 (per year)


February 2022

£7,900 (per year)


April 2022

£7,900 (per year)


June 2022

£7,900 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2021

TBC (per year)


November 2021

TBC (per year)


January 2022

TBC (per year)


February 2022

TBC (per year)


April 2022

TBC (per year)


June 2022

TBC (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,300 (per year)


November 2021

£16,300 (per year)


January 2022

£16,300 (per year)


February 2022

£16,300 (per year)


April 2022

£16,300 (per year)


June 2022

£16,300 (per year)


Fees & Funding

We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services.

Funding

Full-time and part-time students resident in the UK or EU can apply to the Student Loans Company for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough.

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 you can improve your chances of employment  and the level at which you enter the job market which 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.

Disclaimer

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.