This course will give you a thorough understanding of the early years sector. You will be linked with work placements, giving you the knowledge and skills sought by employers.
You will learn about the underlying principles, techniques and processes used in the early years sector and develop an understanding of contemporary issues in the industry. The course will be supplemented with industry visits and keynote speaker sessions. You will also expand your knowledge on the diverse needs of young children in a variety of settings, develop a sense of self-awareness in a work environment through decision making and gain leadership and team-building skills.
Key areas include:
- Theories and stages of child development
- Safeguarding children
- Working with parents and families
- Multi-agency working
- Assessment for learning
- Research project professional practice, 50% work placement element
You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.
You will need at least one of the following:
- 48 UCAS tariff points
- An appropriate Level 3 qualification, for example a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Early Years, NVQ, CACHE Diploma, or Advanced Apprenticeship
- Access to HE qualification
It is essential to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs in English language and maths at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C) at the point of enrolment, or an equivalent that includes Key Skills Level 2, City & Guilds Level 2 and Adult Literacy Level 2.
All students must have a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. It is the learners' responsibility to ensure this is in place before the start of the course.
Applications must be made through UCAS using the Birmingham City University code (B25). To find out more about UCAS points, please visit http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/explore-your-options/entry-requirements/tariff-tables
You can progress onto the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies with Birmingham City University to gain a full degree. You may also seek an unqualified teaching post under the Registered Teacher Programme, or go into employment within an early years setting.