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New early years degree programme being launched in Coventry

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Date: 05/06/2015
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A government priority for a better-qualified workforce within early years education has led to a new degree programme being launched in Coventry.

Coventry University College (CUC) is the first in Coventry and Warwickshire to introduce a full undergraduate honours degree in childhood development and learning focusing on nought to eight-year-olds.

The programme has been developed by CUC, in response to the government recognising that a well-qualified workforce is key to raising standards within early years education.

The new courses, starting this September, follow the latest national statutory guidance and range from a Level 3 foundation certificate to HNC, HND and full BA honours degree in childhood development and learning up to the age of eight.

Margaret Gough, programme area leader at CUC, said:

CUC has established a reputation for industry-leading initiatives and the launch of the early years programme is the latest example of its highly responsive approach to academic and vocational needs.

The early years sector is undergoing radical and rapid change.  The nought to five years 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.

These courses have been carefully designed to reflect the latest government guidance with an emphasis on academic and vocational studies to give students a thorough grounding in the skills and standards now expected for a career in early years education.

CUC is the first in Coventry and Warwickshire to offer the full undergraduate BA honours degree in childhood development and learning focusing on nought to eight-year-olds, as opposed to just a top-up degree, and so we are expecting high demand for the initial intake of students.

CUC opened in September 2012 as a new concept in higher education, delivering a range of academic courses and professional qualifications in a more flexible and affordable way to suit the lifestyle and needs of adult learners.

The early years courses follow the innovative model with for instance, a part-time route to make them more accessible to those already working in childcare who may want to support their practical experience with a formal qualification or build upon an existing qualification.

Mandatory work placements, including degree opportunities to take a placement year in the UK or abroad, and work-related visits are built into the courses to bring learning to life and produce more work-ready graduates.

Margaret said:

We can offer a direct route to an undergraduate honours degree for anyone that has successfully completed a foundation certificate in childhood development and learning or has the required level of UCAS points from other qualifications.

For some, it will provide the opportunity to progress into the teaching profession through graduate teacher training. Overall it has the potential to open many doors for a career in children’s services.

Applications are now being taken for the courses starting in September. Further information can be found on our website:

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