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.
In addition to this you’ll gain skills that will make you attractive to employers. You’ll learn to present your ideas confidently in a variety of forms, use ICT for various professional purposes and work collaboratively.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University accredited Foundation Degree in Early Years or equivalent qualification and will normally have achieved a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year two of your Foundation degree or equivalent qualification.
If you do not have formal qualifications, previous experience may be taken into account. Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.
It is a condition of entry that you will have secured a suitable work-based learning setting by the time of admission.
Please be aware that you will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure check prior to undertaking school placements.
We’ll introduce you to the education and care of young children from birth to 8 years and to the importance of reflection as a professional tool. You’ll explore theoretical and research perspectives underpinning how children develop and learn with an emphasis on holistic approaches, the concept of the unique child and relationships in the lives of babies and young children. The centrality of play, the outdoor environment and international approaches to working with young children are also examined.
In addition you can tailor your studies to your interests in areas such as children’s voices; philosophy for children and international education.
You’ll gain depth in understanding of the care, development and learning of children between birth and eight years through exploring of a range of perspectives in theory and in research. You’ll examine the purpose and diversity of early childhood provision including multi-disciplinary approaches, and the influence of policy agendas. You’ll be introduced to images and constructions of childhood, and have the opportunity to link theory to a professional practice module. You’ll also be able to be assessed for the award of ‘Early Years Educator’.
Current optional modules include: learning through drama; literacy learning; and supporting learners with additional needs.
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 also be able to explore young children’s make meaning, focusing on literacy development and learning or you can examine international perspectives on early childhood and visit early childhood settings in Denmark. In your third year, you’ll also write a dissertation, balancing independent work with one-to-one support.
Optional modules include: learning and mathematics; supporting a dyslexic learner; and creativity, ICT and learning.
Early Years Education will provide the basis for you to work with young children in different early years settings and contexts. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including local community, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations and charities, museums, art galleries and libraries.
You’ll also be able to apply for PGCE courses in teacher training – but if you know at this stage that you want to be a teacher you should consider our early years specialised teaching pathway.
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