National Student Survey 91% Student Satisfaction for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (2016)
If you have an interest in childhood this course will develop your skills and knowledge required for a range of careers working with children, their families and the services that support them. The course will draw on a range of disciplines such as history, psychology, education, sociology, welfare and social policy.
Whether you are new to this area or you have experience and you are looking for career development then this course will suit you. The course takes account of the ecology of children’s lives in studying the complexities of family life and of children’s development from conception onwards and the significance of childhood across cultures and societies.
The University of Wolverhampton is to be one of 3 universities to pilot the new Early Childhood Studies Degree network’s Graduate Practitioner Competencies. The new Graduate Practitioner Competencies are a proactive approach to shape the identity of the early childhood workforce and strengthen the professional practice aspect of the Early Childhood Studies degree. Graduate level practice creates a paradigm shift, making the distinction between level 3 and 6 practice explicit for students, practitioners and employers. The competencies have been developed by the ECSDN members in conjunction with students and employers. The competences are far reaching and reflect the wider national and internationally early childhood sector. The graduate practitioner competencies are underpinned by the QAA Benchmarks. For students joining the Early Childhood Studies degree at the University of Wolverhampton there will be a choice of pathways:
We offer our course, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies PART-TIME which includes day time sessions. However if you would like to study more flexibly, for example of an evening, we offer part time Foundation Degrees in Early Years Services at our college partners. After completing your part time Foundation degree you can then top up to a final year of a part- time BA degree course in order to gain a full honours degree.
This degree sits within an exciting range of Childhood and Family Studies courses we offer within the Institute of Education.
During this course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus. Modules in the first year (level 4) focus on the following topics-
Power, Inclusion and Diversity
The Role of Play in Childhood
Growing Up in the 21st Century
Safeguarding and Promoting Well-being
Developing a Professional Role as an Early Years Teacher
You will also be required to attend an appropriate registered setting (0-8) in order to experience, participate in and develop competence in a range of tasks associated with practice in an early years setting. They will be expected to reflect on and develop their practice during these modules during the course.
Included in this degree is a practice award. Upon successful completion of the degree and the assessment placement modules, you will be awarded practitioner status which meets the DfE full and relevant criteria meaning that students on completion of their course can be counted in the ratios at levels 2 and 3. http://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level6.shtml
During the 2nd year of study students are invited to a ‘transition’ event designed to aid and smooth their progression from level 5 to level 6. Participants were given advice about how to prepare for their level 6 studies and module leaders were able to provide reading and other summer work to those eager to make a start. Examples of this included:
We are proud of our long-standing tradition of research and study in Childhood, Families and Communities.
You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our provision includes: buildings which are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a Starbucks coffee shop.
Who will teach you on this course?
Staff members who teach you on this course are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, local authorities, social work, adult education and now work in Higher Education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research and writing.
The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.
We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.
"I feel lecturers have passion and enthusiasm that has had a positive effect upon my studies as well as influencing me as a practitioner."
"I like how the university used group discussions during lectures to enhance my learning."
Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree can allow you to:
You will develop knowledge, be able to critically analyse, make judgments and evaluate key concepts, theories and principles in the area of childhood studies and research in child development. You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills.
Included in this degree is a practice award. Upon successful completion of the degree and the assessment placement modules, you will be awarded practitioner status which meets which meets the DfE full and relevant criteria meaning that students on completion of their course can be counted in the ratios at levels 2 and 3. http://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level6.shtml
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check before starting the course.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
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The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
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