Work towards a rewarding career by exploring the everyday and unique factors that shape children’s learning and development, supported by experienced lecturers and hands-on work placements. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.
The study of early childhood and the complex influences on a child’s development is a fascinating topic for those interested in working with children. Through this course, you will discover how factors such as play, health and wellbeing, working with families and safeguarding all play a part in shaping the lives of young people.
At Farnborough, your lecturers will have experience working in a range of early years and education settings. This will give you a full insight into your subject in the classroom and beyond. Staff attendance at conferences and additional training also ensures that teaching reflects up-to-date practices in the industry.
The early years curriculum (Foundation and Key Stage 1) is covered within this course, together with the study of management in childcare and education. As well as exploring key theories and research, you will have the opportunity to put what you learn into practice through weekly work placements (one day per week). This will enable you to develop personal, practical and transferable skills, as well as gaining experiences that can help set you apart from other graduates when starting your new career.
This degree is suitable for those who are passionate about working with children or within the early years sector, such as in schools, hospitals and residential care homes. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course, be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace.
The first year of this degree will introduce you to key areas in the understanding of children’s development and the necessary knowledge needed to work with children. During the second year you will delve deeper into more specialist topics, exploring prominent theoretical models, the influences of individual needs and differing approaches in European countries. You will complete a literature review in your second year, providing you with the opportunity to research a topic of special interest and develop skills that will benefit you on an honours degree programme.
If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.
A range of teaching techniques are used in this degree to deliver content in useful and varied ways. This includes lecture-based presentations, practical sessions including role play and observation, individual and group project work, and individual presentations.
Work-based experience is a key feature of this course. You will be required to spend one day per week on work placement with additional two to three-week block placements during your studies.
You will normally be assessed throughout your course to test your understanding within each module. This will be done through a combination of written assignments, literature reviews, presentations, professional development journals, formal examinations, project proposals and case studies.
The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.
Upon completion of this degree, you will have the option to convert your qualification to a full degree by completing a one-year top-up degree - such as our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-up.
There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.
Jobs directly related to early childhood studies degrees include:
Jobs where a degree in early childhood studies might be useful include:
You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:
UCAS Code - X310
Institution Code - F66
Applications are considered on an individual basis, and we recommend that you apply even if you are not sure that you meet the criteria above.
If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required.
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