Early Childhood Education and Care BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

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Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time

About the course

What happens during a child’s early years has a lasting impact on their future development so it is important that children have the best possible foundation. This course gives you a thorough grounding in child development and early education preparing you for the important task of working with children and their families.

Why Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)?

  • You will have the option to be assessed against the nine Graduate Practitioner Competencies (GPC) of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN). Successful demonstration of these competencies will mean you will be awarded Graduate Practitioner Status (GPS) alongside your degree. This could kick start your career in the education and care of young children.
  • The course will give you the chance to explore the important issues that impact on children’s lives focusing on birth to seven years old. You’ll look at health and wellbeing, education and learning and development. We’ll also go on to take a wider view, focusing on topics such as safeguarding, society and environment.
  • Work placements form a key part of the full-time course. Your placement will give you the chance to gain real, practical experience working in a professional environment. These practical experiences, combined with your academic studies, will help you develop the skills that employers are looking for.
  • While you’re studying, you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network, not to mention our excellent facilities and specialist equipment, including our mock Early Years classroom designed to help you prepare for the real world whilst you study.

If you are currently employed in an Early Years setting and are looking for part-time study, our Early Years BA(Hons) course is taught on Saturdays and may be most suited to your needs. Please note that this course does not provide the option of being assessed against the Graduate Practitioner Competencies.

You should choose Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) if you are interested in early childhood education and care services and want to develop your knowledge and understanding about children and their lives, including their families and communities. The focus is primarily on younger children and the Early Years Foundation Stage, from birth to the end of reception; although we do recognise the importance of holistic perspectives in care, learning and development. You will have an opportunity to experience working with children during your placements as this 'hands on' practical learning forms a major part of the course and compliments the many exciting modules you will take. My role is to ensure that the course is current and in line with sector requirements and that all students receive a high quality experience.

Amanda Crow

Amanda Crow, Course Leader, Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) BA(Hons)

Course detail

Core modules:

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

You’ll be introduced to the theories and research that underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults and consider key concepts in this area. Assessment typically involves the production of a display and a timed assessment.

Professional Practice 1

On this module you'll be introduced to practice in supporting young children's development. You'll develop a holistic approach to enhancing your own professionalism and practice. Assessment typically involves a written case study detailing an individual child's learning and development. Students who are choosing to be assessed against the Graduate Practitioner Competencies criteria will be required to complete a placement with 3-7 year olds.

Self, Society and Welfare

This module helps develop your understanding of society. You'll examine social issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. Assessment typically involves the completion of a timed assessment and a written assignment.

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please email our Clearing Helpline Team at study@hud.ac.uk

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

In addition you must also provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances

Real-world experience


Sally Booth, Early Years BA(Hons)

Sally studied Early Year BA(Hons). Find out how her placement at Scholes Junior and Infants School helped to develop her experience and skills whilst she studied.

Placements


Placement experience is highly regarded by employers and enables you to understand practice alongside experienced mentors and practitioners. Placements are a key part of the course and are managed and supported by an experienced team of tutors, who work closely with mentors in the placement settings.

In Year 1 you will undertake 240 hours work placement with children aged three to seven years, to gain experience in planning and observing children, learning how to enhance the environment to support children's development and learning. You will complete a detailed case study of an individual child.

The Year 2 placement involves 216 hours of placement working with children from birth to five years. You will identify and plan your own professional development alongside developing learning plans for the children.

The assessment for placements in the first two years is mapped to the Graduate Practitioner Competencies (GPC), alongside your outcomes in the two Professional Practice modules. If you successfully meet all criteria you will be given the opportunity to do a further placement in Year 3. This involves 125 hours working with children aged from birth to seven. Students who complete placements in all three years of the course will have the opportunity to evidence the assessed practice requirements for gaining Graduate Practitioner Status (GPS) alongside their degree.

Everyone was so welcoming and pushed me to develop as a future professional. I learnt how to lead my own practice and follow my instincts; and it was not long before I had gained valuable relationships with the staff and the children. It was definitely my home from home.

Paul Baker

Abbie Fletcher, graduated from Early Years BA(Hons) in 2017, completed a placement at Bridgend House Nursery in Brighouse.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


This course will enable you to consider a varied range of careers in the early years sector, primary teaching and wider children's services. Previous graduates have progressed as childcare workers, primary and early years teachers and teaching assistants, special needs support roles, play therapist and social support workers.**

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMS).

85% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. [Find out more about all our support services|http://www.hud.ac.uk/uni-life/support/]

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

  • Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.
  • Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.
  • Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.
  • Placements, Employability and Partnerships A significant part of your learning takes place whilst on placement.To help you get the best possible experience we operate an extensive professional network giving you the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality placement providers.

Our professional network includes links with local authorities, schools, colleges, early years settings, voluntary organisations, youth services and youth offending teams to offer you real-life experience whilst you study. Our placements team offer you help to find your placement and support you through it.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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