University of Dundee

Childhood Practice BA

University of Dundee

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Methodology Online
Duration 2 Years
Start September
Online campus Yes
Delivery of study materials Yes
Support service Yes
Virtual classes Yes
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Online
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • Start:
  • Online campus
  • Delivery of study materials
  • Support service
  • Virtual classes

You will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to become an innovative, reflective and enquiring professional. You will improve your leadership skills and, through informed collaborative professional action, ensure better outcomes for children. You will also gain an understanding of pedagogy and leading learning. The courses are matched to meet the needs of childhood professionals nationally and internationally.

BA Childhood Practice graduates are eligible to register as a manager/lead practitioner with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). BA Childhood Studies graduates have a professional qualification endorsed by the University of Dundee.
The BA Childhood Practice and Childhood Studies will give you the opportunity to develop your professionalism and leadership skills while you continue to work with young people from 0 - 16 years. The courses include theories and principles of childhood.

As you study, you will become more confident to articulate and revisit your own values base, identifying how this may affect your professional practice and thinking. You will use workplace based activities as the foundation for academic study. The courses are designed as a framework for you to develop, challenge and reflect upon your own values, beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and skills. Through professional development, it is believed that higher quality practice will be recognised and valued.

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· What are the objectives of this course?

Our part-time distance learning courses allow you to gain an academic and professional qualification whilst remaining in employment. Our students continue to work with children and families across a range of settings. The focus is on applying theory to practice. You are therefore required to be in relevant employment, as elements of the course will include assessment of professional skills.

· Who is it intended for?

Both the BA Childhood Practice and BA Childhood Studies are widely recognised as high quality leadership and management professional qualifications. They are designed to develop degree-level professionals and future leaders in the sector. The BA in Childhood Practice aims to meet the developing professional needs of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce. The Scottish Government has made this area of study a national priority by calling for a dramatic increase in the number of qualified Childhood Practice managers. By the time you graduate from the BACP or BACS, you will have gained the confidence and understanding to put your professional expertise into practice and gain promotion or a challenging new career.

· Requirements

SVQ3 in Early Years, or SVQ3 in Children's Care Learning and Development, or SVQ 3 Playwork, or NNEB allows entry to SCQF Level 7 HNC in Childhood Practice, Childcare and Education, or Early Education and Childcare allows entry to SCQF Level 7/8 HND in Childhood Practice allows entry to SCQF Level 9 Other relevant professional qualifications will be considered for access to BA Childhood Studies.

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What you'll learn on the course

Quality Training
Well Being
Health sciences
Health Disorders
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Healthy Eating
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Health Promotion
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Course programme

Childhood Practice BA /Childhood Studies BA Modular Course Structure

The course has three SCQF Levels: the certificate (Level 7), the diploma (Level 8) and the degree (Level 9). You may complete one/two modules at Level 7; 6 [20] credit modules at Level 8 and 2 [30] credit modules and 1 [60] credit module at Level 9.

PD10040 Personal Learning and Professional Development in Childhood Practice

It will help and encourage students to develop effective study skills and strategies and for lifelong learning for continuing professional development. Students will consider what it means to be a professional: identifying study strengths and how to build on them; identifying developmental needs and how to meet them; identifying support systems and how to use them effectively and reflecting on general learning about approaches to study.

Recognition of Prior Informal Learning: RPL 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100

The RPL modules are designed to award credit to students with prior relevant qualifications and experience of working in a childcare setting. Students are required to demonstrate current knowledge, understanding and practical application. The assessment is a reflective account linking literature to practice.

SCQF 8 Modules

BA20050 Children’s Health and Well Being

In completing this module students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes which enable a more effective response to support children’s health and wellbeing. They will develop their ability to provide support, due to an increased understanding of the needs of children and their families. The module will also develop the student’s ability to use observation to create a holistic view of the child or young person, in connection with their health and wellbeing.

PD20057 Leading Learning

This module explores a holistic perspective on well-being, development and learning, play and learning and pedagogical strategies. Students will explore the role of the educator in leading learning taking a closer look at planning and assessing within the student’s context and what it means within a curricular framework. Knowledge and understanding of current policies at local, national and international levels along with relevant developmental theories, play and pedagogy will be central to the discussion.

PD20056 Creativity and Self-Expression

This module aims to support students in understanding the importance of creativity and self-expression in a child’s development and learning. International educational approaches to creativity, which empower children to learn through enquiry, expression, imagination and curiosity will be explored.

PD20055 Children and Society

As traditional views of childhood are being challenged, families and communities are changing under societal influence; therefore it is important that practitioners consider their views on the child as an active participant in social relationships and learning. Students are required to be knowledgeable about new and post-modern perspectives on childhood. Students need to evaluate the impact of society and culture on the child and their own values, attitudes and principles in practice.

BA20059 Diversity and Inclusion

This module explores the key concepts of diversity, equality and inclusion. Students will also explore these in relation to key strategy policies and processes, reflecting on their implementation in the setting.

BA20065 Literature Review on Transitions

The module will focus on the aspect of transitions and will develop a question on this topic. Students will then undertake a review of the literature which would inform research based upon a research question. As a culmination of studies at Level 8 students will be required to apply all they have learned about critical reflection and analysis.

SCQF 9 Modules

BA30057 Pedagogical Perspectives

Students are supported to develop knowledge and understanding of pedagogy, pedagogical strategies and themes. The module enables students to consider in depth how pedagogical practices draw on understanding about how children learn and the way in which the learner is construed. Consideration will be given to what is understood by the term pedagogy along with demonstrating its role in facilitating learning.

PD30076 Managing and Leading Quality Effectiveness

Monitoring and self-evaluation are key management tasks. All members of children’s settings have a role to play in managing the quality and effectiveness of that institution, irrespective of whether they are managers or practitioners. In order to meet the demands for improved quality and standards, professionals need to have an understanding of quality issues, and to have ways of monitoring and evaluating their work. Having a knowledge and understanding of what constitutes an appropriate curriculum and how this is managed is a vital part of this.

BA30083 Action Research

This 60 credit research module allows students to develop their theoretical and practical understanding and to plan an action research project. Students will show their ability to work collaboratively, choosing an area of practice within a professional setting, which could be improved through action research. Students will analyse, evaluate and summarise relevant literature using appropriate research methods.

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