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This course is for those wishing to extend their knowledge, skills and values within the discipline of early childhood studies as part of a progression route from a Foundation Degree to achieving honours degree status.
Students will develop academic knowledge and its application to practice such as the link between child policy and performance within early childhood settings. Students pursuing this top up will be working or intending to work within a variety of childhood settings.
Applicants require 240 credits at level 4 and 5 e.g. Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area or an equivalent level 5 professional/non-professional qualification. The average grade at level 5 must be 50% or above. A Bridging Unit is mandatory for all students who have not successfully completed a level 5 research module. There is a requirement that as part of the Work Placement module students will undertake a minimum of 72 hours in a relevant early years setting.
Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one within the early childhood sector. This includes settings which typically relate to pre-school and teaching, day care centres, child minders, family day care, out of hours clubs, child development and management positions within the early years.
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, workshops, student led discussions, directed learning tasks and debates. Integrating a work-based or placement opportunity, students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.