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University of Gloucestershire

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X312

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

BCC at A levels or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at level 3.

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

DMM

DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

UCAS Tariff

104

Use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Early years education

**Why Early Childhood Studies?**
Our Early Childhood Studies degree will give you the specialist skills you need to make a real difference to the lives of children (aged 0–8 years) and families, including those with additional needs. You’ll explore contemporary influences and factors that impact upon children’s lives and examine how to provide the most enabling environment for their development. You’ll investigate areas linked to education including health, social care, psychology and sociology. With opportunities to gain work experience in a range of early years settings, our graduates stand out from the competition. Previous placements have seen students work in children’s centres, schools, nurseries, family support teams and more. There is also the opportunity to go on a field trip to Sweden, an international leader in early years practice (additional costs may apply, see course web page for details).

You’ll draw on the expertise of lecturers with a wealth of varied professional experience, as you develop your own knowledge and understanding of the complex world surrounding young children and their families. There are also opportunities to improve your employment prospects even further, by undertaking continuing professional development activities and achieving additional qualifications, for example in first aid and child protection.

**Why University of Gloucestershire?**
We’ve been using our expertise to support and inspire students since 1847. Join us and you will benefit from professional-standard facilities in the beautiful, historic surroundings of Cheltenham and Gloucester. With the University of Gloucestershire offering a wide variety of courses, you will have the best of both worlds - a large learning community with more than 80 societies and sports clubs to enjoy while also benefiting from lecturers who know and value you as an individual.

Through our innovative Your Future Plan scheme, you will be challenged and supported to become the graduate that you want to be, ready to succeed in your chosen field. Your personal tutor will help you build your network of connections and take advantage of a range of opportunities including field trips and placements, offering invaluable experience outside of the lecture theatre.

Our students never tire of finding inspiration here in the beautiful county of Gloucestershire, home to over 45 festivals every year, including 2000trees, Wychwood and the world-famous Cheltenham Literature festival. Many students gain valuable skills and experience working at these events alongside their studies.

**Come and experience the University of Gloucestershire for yourself by booking an open day online at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay.**

**After the course**
Your story with us doesn’t end at graduation. We are proud of our record that 95% of University of Gloucestershire graduates are in work or further study six months after completing their course*, and throughout your studies we are committed to working with you to develop your future plan.

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), 2016/17.

**Experience an open day**
Take the next step and book yourself a place at a University of Gloucestershire open day at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay. This is your chance to see the university for yourself, get a real insight into what we're about and meet your potential course tutors and lecturers. Our student ambassadors will also be on hand to show you round your campus. Take the opportunity to get up-to-the minute advice and guidance from the people who have been here and experienced University of Gloucestershire life already.

**To find out more information about this course, visit www.glos.ac.uk/OurCourses, email us on enquiries@glos.ac.uk or call 03330 14 14 14.**

Modules

Develop skills and qualifications to work with mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) children (aged 0-8 years). You'll explore education practices and theories through lectures, workshops, presentations, projects, electronic discussions and assignments. Assessment is through 100% coursework. There are no exams. Develop 'real-world' skills through annual work placements. Students currently enjoy placements for organisations such as Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals and Battledown Children's Centre.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Gloucestershire

Department:

School 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.

76%
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
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

78%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
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
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

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
97%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

51%
Childcare and related personal services
23%
Teaching and educational professionals
5%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
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.

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£21k

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£25k

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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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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