Early Years programmes at University Centre Colchester are designed to be fun and rewarding whilst being tailored to your individual requirements with a variety of optional modules and routes to success that suit your interests and needs.
The course team consists of experienced lecturers and practitioners who guide you through your journey from enrolment to graduation. The course offers assistance to find placements and supported visits to ensure you can graduate with a high level of both practical and theoretical experience in readiness for the job market.
We welcome all budding Early Years practitioners on board the programme and look forward to creating a positive and educated workforce within the sector. We care for our students in the same way you care for children which is why we feel passionately about developing and supporting you in your studies and career paths. Our dedicated and experienced tutors will enable you to really grow with the next generation!
Early education represents a major area of public investment with the government currently investing £5.2 billion annually.
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are ideally placed to make a difference.
This course offers a holistic approach to child development, the early years curriculum and safeguarding. It enables students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of early years both through academic and practice based studies. Students also have the opportunity to undertake optional modules in areas of particular interest. Integral to this degree is the practical element gained through allocated placements; these support the development of the student’s skills of working with children and the understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.
This course will build on students’ knowledge of children’s development and learning, as well as developing an understanding of policies and practice in early years settings.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
64 UCAS points* and GCSE maths and English (grades A*-C). Students wishing to progress into teaching will also need GCSE science grade C. All applicants will be interviewed and required to demonstrate that they have relevant experience in working with children, and have good communication skills. They will also need to undertake a written piece as part of the interview. Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)** enhanced check.
Mature applicants with significant work-based experience, or employed within the industry, will also be considered.
An existing level 3 qualification which includes assessed practical competence. Mature students without formal qualifications, but with evidence of practical experience and relevant employment will also be considered for this course. All applicants will be interviewed and required to demonstrate that they have relevant experience in working with children, and have good communication skills.
They will also need to undertake a written piece as part of the interview. . Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)* enhanced check.
To progress into teaching you will also need GCSEs in English, Maths and Science (grades A* – C).
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
**Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Many students choose to continue their studies and complete the BA(Hons) in Early Years here at University Centre Colchester; this can be done either through the part-time or full-time route. Some graduates enter social work, play therapy, health and civil services or support within schools and the community. There are other opportunities to apply for more senior positions within their current work setting and in Sure Start Children’s centres. After graduating with an Honours Degree and having undertaken teacher training, some students enter primary school teaching.
Our graduates, after further training, go on to become primary school teachers, social workers and play therapists. There are other opportunities to work in Sure Start Children’s centres, senior posts in nurseries, or roles supporting children within the community, health and civil service.
Professional training or progression to a Masters degree, teacher training or early years professional status. Postgraduate teacher training; Primary or Early Years.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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