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Early Childhood Development & Learning BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Clearing 2018

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:


 

I love that I have been challenged by my tutors every day and have to critically analyse and think outside the box. It was hard at first adapting from the workplace into education, however the tutors and support networks available at CU Scarborough are fantastic and help you settle in.

Lisa Darling

Course code:

X300 - Degree
X301 - HND
X302 - HNC

Study options:

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

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2018
November 2018
January 2019
February 2019
May 2019
June 2019

Fees:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

01723 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.

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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.

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 London and CU Coventry 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.

CU students could have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering. Please note; this is limited to specific courses only.

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 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. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. 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 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. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

13th

Coventry University is ranked 13th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which is ranked 13th best University in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. 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. 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%

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

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

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change.

Call us now to see if you have the relevant entry requirements.
 01723 33 67 10

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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

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 2018

£7,329 (per year)


November 2018

£7,329 (per year)


January 2019

£7,329 (per year)


February 2019

£7,329 (per year)


May 2019

£7,329 (per year)


June 2019

£7,329 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,329 (per year)


November 2018

£7,329 (per year)


January 2019

£7,329 (per year)


February 2019

£7,329 (per year)


May 2019

£7,329 (per year)


June 2019

£7,329 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£10,700 (per year)


November 2018

£10,700 (per year)


January 2019

£10,700 (per year)


February 2019

£10,700 (per year)


May 2019

£10,700 (per year)


June 2019

£10,700 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will comprise one 30-credit module. For student funding purposes, a full-time course is made up of 120 credits’ study in a single academic year i.e. 4 modules/blocks. This makes up one stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree).

Each block will cost £1,832.25 making the total tuition fee for full-time study £7,329 per year. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.

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.

International

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block (30 credits) will cost £2,675 making each stage of the course £10,700. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

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