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Bath Spa University

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X312

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

A levels in related subjects preferred.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of an interest in Education.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.

UCAS Tariff

96

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Early years education

Are you looking to work with younger children?

Early Years Education at Bath Spa University is designed to transform you into a professional early childhood educator – that could be as a practitioner, researcher, policy-maker or activist.

We will help you to develop a critical understanding of early childhood from a variety of perspectives, and ensure that you have maximum flexibility on your course with access to a range of Education Studies modules and placement options.

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

- the aims, values and outcomes of education in local and global contexts;

- social, cultural, historical, political and economic contexts of education;

- approaches to working with babies, young children, families and communities;

- an understanding of global issues and debates, such as young children as active participants in the lives and practices of families, societies and cultures;

- the processes which shape early childhood and young children's lives including ethical principles and children's rights;

- educational research and enquiry methods;

- skills which support participation, critical engagement and intellectual independence.

Modules

Year One will introduce to you contemporary issues in childhood, to the education and care of young children from birth to eight years, and to the importance of reflection as a professional tool. You’ll explore theoretical and research perspectives underpinning how children develop and learn, and critically examine holistic approaches.

Year Two will see you gain a deep understanding of the care, development and learning of children between birth and eight years through exploring a range of perspectives in theory, practice and in research. You’ll also increase your understanding of early childhood by questioning how current approaches to education and care impact on children, their families and practitioners.

Finally in Year Three you’ll gain understanding of the principles and theories of leadership in early childhood settings, including effective ways of leading a team, reflective leadership and working with parents/carers, families and communities. You’ll explore concepts such as play, development, ethics and democracy from a variety of positions. In your third year, you’ll also write a dissertation, balancing independent work with one-to-one support.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

Institute for Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
Early years education

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Childcare and related personal services
28%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Early years education

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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