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Plymouth University

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X310
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BA (Hons) 6 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

112

% applicants receiving offers

94%

Subjects
  • Academic studies in education
Student score
76% LOW
% employed or in further study
99% MED
Average graduate salary
£13.2k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

112 UCAS points including 64 from a minimum of 2 A levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

280 points

BTEC Diploma
MMD

280 points

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMD

DMM

International Baccalaureate
28

28 IB points

UCAS tariff points
112

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

94%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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 childrenâ??s development by studying the subject in practical, historical and international contexts. Develop essential skills through a variety of coursework-based assessments â?? 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 Studentsâ?? Exchange Programme.

Modules

Year 1: Emphasis on the ways in which young children grow and develop and the influence of social contexts. Year 2: Extends theoretical and practical knowledge drawn from a range of disciplines where young children are a central consideration; focus on aspects of children's affective and intellectual development and on the development of communication; work-based module, based on experience in a setting with young children and their families. Year 3: In-depth study leading to a dissertation, developing understanding of issues associated with research involving young children; focus on the ways in which adults' concepts of childhood have changed over time; recent developments in policy and practice in work with young children.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
25%
75%

Year 1

22%
62%
16%

Year 2

23%
77%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
83%
17%

Year 1

92%
8%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 76% LOW
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

75%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
48% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
299 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 99% MED
Average graduate salary £13.2k LOW
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

6%

Graduates who are managers and proprietors in other services

6%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

30%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not classed as 'graduate level' in the stats, but many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.
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