Professional Studies (Early Childhood)
Do you want the opportunity to further your studies, but are working or volunteering and don’t want to have to give that up? Our Foundation Degree courses are designed to be studied without your having to leave work – in fact, they work alongside your career with young children.
To take into account
Many of our Foundation degree graduates take on higher level roles specialising in areas such as family liaison, special education needs, managing settings youth work, mentoring or roles in the wider community and with local authorities. The degree has evolved to respond to the demand for graduate professionals set by the government through the professionalisation of the children’s and youth workforce. The majority of students advance onto our Progression Routes to take their qualifications to honours degree level. Like the Foundation degree, these Progression Routes allow you to study and continue to work
Typically a Level 3 Diploma, NVQs, access to HE programmes, subject/vocational qualifications; Written support from the head teacher/workplace manager in which the applicant works or volunteers;
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- Principles of Learning
Here at BGU, we value the knowledge and experience you have gained so far in your career and want to help you expand on this to enhance the support provided for young children. This work-focused degree is a combination of practice-based learning and campus-based taught sessions which run once a week so that you are able to continue in employment or volunteering throughout the duration of the course.
Over the two year programme, you will bring your experience of working with young children to the heart of your studies. In your first year, you’ll examine principles of learning as an introduction to higher education and investigate the complex relationship between practice and meeting children’s needs. You will explore your role within the early year’s sector to support your professional formation, and study modules covering children’s development and social interactions, designed to support your practical knowledge. During the second year, you will study modules covering inclusion, equality and diversity, the role of curriculum in early years services, and the rights of young children, as you continue your development. Finally, you’ll undertake a small-scale research project as part of your second-year modules.
There is also the opportunity to gain a professional qualification alongside your academic study. This course has professional validation by the National Youth Agency (NYA ) and recognition by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC); ensuring the degree is quality checked and meets a specific standard. The professional award for Youth Work alongside your Foundation Degree is a valuable addition to your studies supporting professional and career development. The course and pathway for the achievement of the JNC professional qualification will only apply should you meet the placement requirements throughout the Foundation Degree and progress onto the BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth (Youth Work pathway).Delivery
This work-focused degree is a combination of practice-based learning and campus-based sessions which run once a week so that you are able to continue in employment throughout the course. The degree is designed to improve and develop your personal and professional communication skills, allows you to professionalise your approach and further your personal growth.
You will work with a range of experienced academic staff and be supported through peer-led groups, directed tasks and interactive web-based resources.Assessment
A variety of assessment methods are used including presentations, discussions, written assignments such as essays and reports and portfolios of work focused learning. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.
Professional Studies (Early Childhood)