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Plymouth University

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X310

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

Entry requirements


112 UCAS points including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

Considered alongside other qualifcations.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

28 points overall to include Grade 5 at Higher Level in one subject. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

D*D*

Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

112 UCAS points to include CC in two Advanced Highers. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

112

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preference for social science/ health & social care/ early years/ childcare qualifications but others are considered.

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Early years education

Take a fresh look at childhood. Exploring the theory and reality of children’s early years from many points of view, this innovative course will help you find your niche in this competitive sector. Investigate issues through the lenses of sociology, social psychology, history, and philosophy. Work directly with young children and their families on placements at home or abroad for up to a year. Graduate with a clear view of where your career is going.

Additional Information about this Course:

* 90 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 97 per cent of students were in work/study six months after graduating.

* Develop your relational skills in a programme built around a core of care, which extends from ethics of work with children to reflecting on how students can support each other.

* Explore the relationships between play and learning in your own studies as well as in child development

* Expand your options beyond traditional teaching and open up further career opportunities in education, social care, community work, psychology, management and research.

* See for yourself how theories and policies are applied in practice by visiting a wide range of mainstream and specialist early years settings.

* Learn on the job with work-based modules to help you gain the practical skills employers are looking for. Choose to gain a whole 12-months of hands-on experience with an optional placement year.

* Take a broader view of children’s development by studying the subject in practical, historical and international contexts.

* Develop essential skills through a variety of coursework-based assessments – from essays, surveys and child observations to group presentations and video commentaries.

* Learn from experienced lecturers and tutors who are actively engaged in national and international research projects.

* Make the most of the opportunities presented by being part of a department that has strong links with universities in Europe, Canada, Africa and the USA and through the International Students’ Exchange Programme.

Modules

In the first year, you’ll get an overview of the factors that affect children’s lives and begin considering your own professional identity within the sector. You’ll explore how children grow and develop, drawing on the latest research around thinking, playing and learning. You’ll also gain an understanding of different approaches to observing children. Modules on social policy and equality and diversity will introduce you to key contemporary issues.

Your second year focuses on developing your analytical and reflective skills, and expands your hands-on experience of early years roles. You will develop your understanding of research while studying children’s development and communication. You’ll choose two modules from a range of options including disability, the developing world, eco-education and children and stories. You’ll work directly with young children and families, learning both academically and practically from these experiences.

You may choose to undertake a year of supervised work experience between the second year and the final year of study. You will work full-time in an organisation which has relevance to professional practice in Early Childhood; school, day care or other setting, at home or abroad.

In the final stage of the programme you will be helped to make the transition from ‘knowledge consumer’ to ‘knowledge producer’. You will use your developing knowledge and experience to challenge, extend and critique other people’s ideas and your own. You will plan and carry out a research project to develop and disseminate understanding of what you have identified as an area of interest and you will continue to develop your capacity to act as a strong advocate for young children and families. If you are joining the final stage from a partner college you may choose to study on our FLECS (Flexible Learning in Early Childhood Studies) route.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

Plymouth University

Department:

Plymouth Institute of 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.

77%
med
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

81%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B
299

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
58%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

7%
Childcare and related personal services
7%
Other administrative occupations
7%
Secretarial and related occupations
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.

Education and teaching

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

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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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