The programme builds and extends upon the work-based learning ethos of the Early Years foundation degree and provides you with the necessary management and problem-solving skills valued by employers and vital for career success in the workplace.
This is a one-year work-based learning programme leading to honours degree qualification.
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.
This course is ideal for those already employed in an appropriate Early Years setting and wish to study whilst working. The course is delivered at Weston College for one day per week for one year full-time. However, as a member of the course you will be a student on a Bath Spa honours degree.
At honours level you will play an important role in the management of your own learning by:
building on skills developed during your foundation degree or equivalent qualification such as reflective practice, report-writing, critical evaluation, portfolio development, presentation and ICT skills
gaining advanced research techniques by identifying a research proposal and project plan in preparation for a work-based project based upon a topic/issue arising from your work-based setting
undertaking a 40-credit work-based learning project module which will equip you with project management and decision-making skills whilst in a work-based setting
undertaking a leadership, teamwork and management module which will enhance your career potential in the Early Years sector
You will study innovative approaches to how young children engage in learning, observe children in their own learning environment and develop strategies to promote their literacy skills in Early Years settings.
Planning and Research Methods
Symbolic Representation: The Foundations of Literacy and Numeracy
Early Childhood Education: International Perspectives
Leadership, Teamwork and Management
For the BA (Hons) Early Years Education (Work-based) programme potential career pathways are as follows:
social work training
management role in Early Years centres
work in child protection
work in local Sure Start projects
work in integrated centres
community liaison work
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