Early Childhood Education and Care - PG Cert

Taught Higher Degree , Part-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Year
  • Part Time
early years

Overview

Course content

The next intake for this course will be January 2020, and we will open for applications in September 2019.

This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed for Early Years practitioners, and Early Years professionals who are working in or have access to early year’s settings.

The aim of the programme is to enhance professional knowledge, understanding and skills of early years practice through developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to early year’s provision. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises of two modules:  The Developing Child and Effective Pedagogy in Early Years.

Attendance

You will study the course part-time over 12 months which will provide you with the flexibility to combine employment (if relevant) and placements (if relevant) with study. Taught sessions will be based at Newman. The PG cert comprises of 2 modules which are taught on a bi-annual basis one evening per week with approximately 10 sessions per module.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) will enable you to continue onto a full MA via undertaking a further 30 credit module of your choice (from the MA Education module choices) and the compulsory Research Design module, followed by the final dissertation.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessments. For the Developing Child, students will undertake a variety of different observations of one child.  Observations will be analysed using a thematic approach relating them to theory, literature and research.

For the Effective Pedagogy module, students will undertake a portfolio which will enable them to reflect on themes explored in the module, such as the role of an effective pedagogue, pedagogical leadership, and international approaches to pedagogy.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree in a relevant subject area from a UK university or an overseas university agreed by NARIC as equivalent and subject to ILET and EU requirements. Consideration will be given to students with lower level qualifications who have a relevant range of professional experience. Professional experience that equates to degree level will be considered by the Course Co-ordinator. If some non-graduates are to be considered pre-entry tasks will be considered and used at the co-ordinator’s discretion.

Due to rotation of modules being available in alternate years, the next intake for this course will be January 2020, and we will open for applications in September 2019.

Contact details

Contact: for admissions enquiries
Admissions
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)
Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

Contact: for course enquiries
Dawn Picken (Faculty of Education Administrator)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2650)
Email: fed@newman.ac.uk

 

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Course Fees

2019-2020 Course Fee
Home/EU Students: £1,700*
Total course fee for 2 modules

Partner schools, colleges, institutions, Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership members, Titan Partnership members are currently eligible for a 10% discount.
Alumni are also entitled to a 10% discount.

*Fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme. Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs that you will incur.

 

Additional Information

 

 

 

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

  1. THE DEVELOPING CHILD (BIRTH TO FIVE)
    (Compulsory) ecm723
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

     

    This module aims to allow students to focus on the child development subject area in greater depth than they encountered in their previous courses or experiences. It will enable students to become more specialised in child development and allow them to apply their knowledge in practice. This module will allow students to advance their skills in observation and assessment of child development, supporting their planning of children’s next steps. Students will be encouraged to use the Statutory Framework (EYFS, DfE 2017) in a critical way.  Although the module will cover areas of development such as Language, Cognition, Physical and Personal, Social and Emotional, a holistic approach will be prominent throughout. The importance of safeguarding, particularly around safeguarding babies and young children will also be included within the module. Theories and current research around child development will be critically explored and applied to practical situations.

     

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 20.00 Independent   : 280.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 300.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Enable students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of child development;

    • Enable students to demonstrate a critical working knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches in observation and assessment of child development;

    • Enable students to explore implications of issues relating to child development and have a high-level ability to reason, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about these in relation to child development;

    • Enable students to critically reflect, analyse, apply and constructively critique theory, practice and research around child development;

    • Enable students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the importance of and processes around safeguarding and ethics with babies and young children.

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    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Select, use and adapt  a range of  observation techniques to explore complex issues of early development and learning to promote good progress;

    • Select, apply and critically evaluate current research in the field of child development to inform their reflections on child observations;

    • Demonstrate a well-informed and in-depth critical knowledge, understanding and application of child development theories considering implications for practice;

    • Demonstrate a high level of ability to reason clearly, understand and make critical judgments about relevant aspects of child development.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Critical analysis of observations of the developing child (4000 Words)

  2. EFFECTIVE EARLY YEARS PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE
    (Compulsory) ecm724
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of children’s learning and development in relation to the role of the pedagogue. It will facilitate a critical awareness and understanding of what promotes effective practice and pedagogy in early childhood, making links to international comparisons as well as focussing on the role of leadership in developing practice. This module will also include reference to theory, research and, where appropriate, practice.

     

    There will be opportunities to examine current thinking and research in early childhood, encouraging students to analyse and critically evaluate links between personal principles, early childhood theory, and where appropriate, their developing practice.  Students will embark on a process of critical analysis and evaluation to enhance the quality of provision for young children and their families.

     

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 20.00 Independent   : 280.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 300.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Develop an in-depth and critical working knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches for working with young children and families;

    • Develop a critical understanding of the role of leadership in the development of pedagogy within early childhood contexts;

    • Develop a critical understanding of children’s learning and development in relation to effective pedagogy;

    • Enable students to have a high-level ability to reason clearly, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about arguments relating to pedagogy;

    • Enable students to have a high-level ability to analyse and constructively critique theories, policies and research in the area of children’s learning and development;

    • Enable students to have a high-level knowledge and awareness of the skills needed for different relational pedagogical approaches;

    • Embed personal reflection as an integral part of their learning and professional role.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Consider and use models of reflection to demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of reflection as a key component of effective pedagogy;

    • Demonstrate an in-depth, systematic knowledge and critical understanding of pedagogical approaches relating to early years practice;

    • Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the importance of play based and developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood;

    • Evaluate critically current research and theory around the role of the pedagogue and pedagogical practices;

    • Develop a critical understanding of the role of leadership in the development of pedagogy within early childhood contexts;

    • Demonstrate a high level ability to reason clearly, understand and make critical judgements about pedagogical approaches to early years’ practice.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Reflective Portfolio (4000 words)