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Why study Early Childhood Education and Care?
Early childhood, the quality of education, provision and care, and the roles and responsibilities of all those involved with young children, parents and families, all have a significant influence on children’s achievement and life chances. The last decade has seen the wider development of early years provision, changes and challenges in aspects of education and care, and the recognition that early childhood and children’s experiences must be supported by a highly qualified workforce. Government legislation, policy and research have raised the profile of early childhood, education and care and established the requirement for recognised professional qualifications for all those working in the field of early years in public, voluntary and private sectors.
What does the course cover?
The programme is specifically designed for students interested in working with young children. It offers a course that provides breadth and depth in key aspects relating to childhood, child development, education and care but also integrates a wider thematic approach which includes families, communities, multi-agency working, social policy, inclusion and diversity, research and health. It will develop your knowledge, skills, understanding of these, and your generic transferable skills through course content, learning and teaching strategies, assessment, research, and experiences of early years settings and organisations.
The first year of the programme introduces aspects of child development, social policy, equality, rights and diversity, constructs of childhood, families and learning. During the second year there is a research based placement which enables you to explore a specific area of interest, and gain valuable experience working in a different setting/organisation. These could include young children, families, communities, educational settings, multi-agency teams and experienced professionals. The placement experience has proved significant for students’ future career choices. There are also opportunities for international placements for example in Italy, Germany, Spain, Romania, and The Gambia.
The course has optional modules at Intermediate and Honours level that enables students to undertake a particular theme, for example, Creativity, Education, Leadership and Management and Health. In the final year of studies you will carry out a small scale research study for your dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
Student achievement is assessed through a wide range of methods. These include essays, research reports, case studies, group and individual presentations, exhibitions, seminars, and e-learning. Teaching and learning strategies include lectures, seminars, discussion and debate, presentations, guest speakers, workshops, an e-learning environment, visits and directed activities.
What careers could I consider?
Early years is a developing area of the economy, therefore there are a wide range of career opportunities for qualified professionals in the field of early years. This includes working in Children’s Centres, SureStart settings, schools, nurseries, Social Services, Local Authority support teams, and charitable organisations. Previous students have gone on to work as nursery managers and deputy managers, inclusion workers, early years advisory workers, Foundation Stage practitioners, charity workers, and with specific organisations working with parents, families and communities. Others have pursued a teaching career through a PGCE.
A minimum of 280 UCAS points (which must include minimum grades of BC or above at A2 level), BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. If you have a relevant HND or foundation degree qualification you may progress onto the final year of the degree. You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language, or a recognised equivalent. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page. In addition, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required.
Early Childhood Education and Care
As well as covering essential, foundational subject knowledge, the first year of the course has been very carefully designed to build in the development of a range of skills necessary for success in Higher Education. A greater choice of modules is available in Years 2 and 3; to enable you to develop your interests in specific areas of the subject should you wish to.
The compulsory Work Placement is intended to give you relevant experience in a career of your choice.
Perspectives on Child Development (20 credits)
Equality, Rights and Diversity (20 credits)
Introduction to Social Policy (20 credits)
Constructs of Childhood (20 credits)
Families in the Social Context (20 credits)
Enabling Early Learning (20 credits)
Research Methodology and Design (20 credits
Working with families in the community (20 credits)
Inclusive Practice (20 credits)
Work Based Case Study (40 credits)
Plus one from
An Introduction to Creativity (20 credits)
Contemporary Issues in Early Years Education and Care (20 credits)
Health Promotion (20 credits)
Contemporary Perspectives on Child Development (20 credits)
Safeguarding Children (20 credits)
Social Policy: Rhetoric and Reality (20 credits)
plus 1 optional module from below
Childhoods in a Changing World (20 credits)
Conception to three: working with babies and toddlers
Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings (20 credits)
Education Studies in Early Years (20 credits)
Developing Creativity in the Early Years (20 credits)
Dissertation (40 credits) or Dissertation for students studying abroad (40 credits)
Inclusion and Disability (20 credits)
optional in Semester 2
International Childcare Practices (alongside 'Dissertation for students studying abroad')
Courses at Newman are constantly evolving to reflect changes in the field of study. Therefore, modules listed here are indicative and may be subject to change for each academic year. Some modules are mandatory and some are optional. Not all modules will be available on all routes through the programme you choose.