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University College Birmingham

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X300

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2.

HNC (BTEC)

P

A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.

HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

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

MMM

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

96

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Childhood studies

**Course snapshot**

Early childhood is viewed as the most formative period of our lives, shaping the foundations for our whole future. Today's early childhood sector requires highly-qualified graduate practitioners, and on UCB's Early Childhood Studies degree course, you'll gain the essential academic knowledge and practical experience to help meet the ever changing needs of children and their families. Our course is one of the first in the country to incorporate the new Graduate Practitioner Competencies status, helping you stand out when applying for graduate roles, while our strong sector links and range of enrichment opportunities will allow you to engage with multiple perspectives within early childhood, paving the way towards a wide range of rewarding careers working with children.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course provides an ideal foundation for students seeking a career working with children, including areas such as child psychology, nursery management, teaching and special needs. If you wish to move into teaching, our course also provides an excellent basis to progress onto a PGCE course.

**Why should I study the course?**

- As one of the very first in the UK to incorporate the new and innovative Graduate Practitioner Competencies status, our course is endorsed by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) and recognised by the Department for Education (DfE), meaning you will be assessed for nine distinct competencies and gain a licence to practise in certain areas of the sector when you graduate.

- You'll be able to take advantage of diverse enrichment opportunities including Makaton training, baby massage or Lego therapy as well as trips to Forest Schools.

- Our course includes a compulsory work placement, giving you extensive real-world experience alongside your studies.

**Great. Tell me some more**

We can offer you placement opportunities in a wide range of settings including nurseries, playgroups, children's centres, schools and specialist community organisations. Our hired@UCB employability team will help you find work to suit your interests.

This course will require you to undergo vetting by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment.

Students who fall short of the required 96 UCAS Tariff points (but have no less than 60 UCAS points) are still welcome to apply. You will be asked to attend a progression module prior to the start of your course (commencing in June) involving a series of lectures and tutorials as well as three assessments. On successful completion of the progression module, you will be offered a place on the degree course.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will gain an understanding of the key characteristics of childhood and how to meet the needs of young children, as well as how to help them develop and grow through creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation.

By undertaking work placements, you will learn how to apply theory to practice in a range of environments.

**What about the future?**

Depending upon experience, graduates will be equipped to work in child-related organisations in education, welfare, leisure, advocacy and counselling in a variety of roles, including:

- Family link officer (for the prison service)

- Family support worker

- Out of school club manager

- Nursery manager/owner

- Nursery Supervisor/Room leader

- Mentoring/TA roles in schools

- Pastoral /Attendance officer in schools

- Support worker roles for children’s charities

- Children’s Travel Representative

- Museum Education officer

- Personal Learning Coach in Colleges

- Early Years Lecturer

You could also progress onto postgraduate study, including a PGCE course at UCB.

Modules

**Year 1**

- Nurturing Children's Health and Wellbeing
- Introduction to the Early Years Framework
- The Child in Society
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Play
- Growth, Learning and Development
- Pioneers, Pedagogy and Philosophy

**Year 2**

- Child Protection and Safety in Practice
- Effective Leadership and Management Skills
- Child Development
- Research in Action
- SEND in the Early Years

**Plus one option from:**

- Creativity and Play in the Early Years
- Children of the Future
- Transition of Childhood

**Year 3**

- Leading and Managing Systems
- Enhancing Employability for Graduate Practice
- Dissertation

**Plus one option from:**

- Socio-Historical Aspects of Childhood
- Children's Voice
- Pedagogical Leadership in Play

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 13 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 4 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
- Field trips and visits
- Assessment for nine distinct competencies – to achieve Graduate Practitioner Competencies status

**Individual study**

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides 24-hour access to learning and support material.

**Assessment**

There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment. The modes of assessment are varied and include essays, reports, portfolio building, presentations, opportunities for research, the production of a creative resource and a training manual.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 100% (with the exception of an assessment in 1 module)

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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
International
£10,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Education, Health and Community - BA/BSc

TEF rating:

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students
47%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


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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.

92%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
17%
Welfare professionals
9%
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