BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Policy and Practice (Top-up)

Our top-up Early Childhood Policy and Practice Degree with Honours is for those interested in the development, care and education of young children. It is concerned with ideas and practices that are drawn from a range of disciplines, including history, psychology, philosophy, sociology, law and management, all of which contribute to the field of early years.

During the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Policy and Practice you are introduced to the study of each of these distinctive disciplines within the context of examining early years services, policies and procedures.

What will I study?

The course content is as follows:

  • Outdoor learning and play
  • Well-being and resilience 
  • Communication, language and literacy in early years
  • International perspectives 
  • Research methodology
  • Management of quality in early years provision

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a range of methods which will enable all students to optimise their performance.  The assessment methods include learning portfolios (including an electronic portfolio), essays, child study and presentation.  In addition, you will complete an individual research project.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars with the opportunity for individual and group work. All students will undertake private study to complement and extend the learning in the classroom.  In addition, all students will have regular tutorials and implement learning in the workplace. Students will be expected to participate in weekly forums on the College virtual learning environment.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff Profile:  Sara Rackham

Sara has an MA in Childhood and Youth and started out teaching in primary schools.  Her research interests are social construction of childhood and child development.

Entry requirements

  • Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Policy and Practice

or

  • 240 credits from level four and five in Early Years or Childhood Studies based qualification

and

  • Satisfactory reference and successful interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Successful completion could help to progress you onto various career paths such as teaching in the early years field and other senior roles within early years settings. You can also progress your career in a management role.

Additional information

The course places significant emphasis on the implementation of theory to practice, and aims to develop high level practitioner skills in conjunction with academic knowledge and understanding.  Consequently, students will spend time in placement in a working or voluntary capacity for 25 hours per module.  Those students undertaking voluntary placement through the College will need to undergo a DBS (formerly CRB) check in accordance with College procedures.

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