BA (Hons) Early Childhood

Awarding Institution: University of the West of England

MNQF Level: 7

Duration: 3 Years

PROGRAM SYNOPSIS

BA(Hons) Early Childhood is an intellectually demanding and enjoyable course looking at the issues affecting children between birth and eight years old. You will link theory to the practice of working in an early years setting and gain an in-depth understanding of the social, pschological and philosophical factors related to young children's lives, learning and development.

This course examines issues around children's place in society, education, special educational needs, child development, the development of identity, reasoning, language, and children and technology.

Entry Requirement:

  • 2 passes E or above at GCE A'Level& 2 passes C or above at GCE O'Level / SSC ; OR
  • Diploma in a relevant field & 2 passes C or above at GCE O'Level / SSC ; OR
  • Relevant Foundation (Villa College)

Course Fee: MVR 6,000 per per instalment (1 instalment) OR MVR 4,750 per instalment (3 instalments) per semester

OBJECTIVES

  1. To provide students with an opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of physical, neurological, psychological, sociological, historical, political and philosophical accounts of children’s development and learning;
  1. To enable students to have a critical understanding of the ‘constructed’ nature of childhood and the position and representations of children in society;
  1. To provide students with opportunities to critically evaluate policy in relation to children, families and education;
  1. To support students to work effectively with children and other adults in early years settings, including an understanding of the nature and importance of play-based learning;
  1. To support students to gain an understanding of professional roles and responsibilities relating to those working with children and families in a range of contexts;
  1. To provide students with opportunities to develop understanding through a range of learning experiences including tutor-supported study, researching with children, reflection on work-related learning and self and peer-supported work;
  1. To enable students to gain a critical understanding of the significance and contested nature of ethical approaches, equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice to their studies and experiences in early years’ settings;
  1. To support student’s technology enhanced learning and develop a critical understanding of young children’s use of technology and technology within society;
  1. To enable students to gain a wide range of skills and knowledge necessary to enhance postgraduate and career opportunities in Early Childhood, including potential progression to teacher education.

 PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Studying Early Childhood involves understanding the philosophical, social and psychological context of young children's learning and development. The modules you study will give you the opportunity to improve your capacity to write and speak well and to understand div erse approaches to early childhood in a range of cultural settings.

Real-world work experience is central to the course. You will be placed in early years settings throughout the course. Your observations of the children you work with will form part of the assessment process.

  • Year One
    • Working with All Children
    • The Developing Child
    • Beginning Professional Practice
    • Introducing Knowledge for Teaching in the Core Subjects
  • Year Two
    • Responsibilities, Leadership and Professional Futures
    • Comparative Early Childhood Comparative Policy and Provision
    • Technological Childhoods
    • Children Making Meaning
  • Final Year
    • Researching Ethically with Young Children
    • Dissertation
    • Emerging Languages and Identities
    • Extending Professional Practice

General Entry Criteria

  • 3 passes in A Level/HSC (At GCE A/L, a pass is considered E and above. HSC pass is considered C and above.)

OR

  • 2 passes in A Level/HSC (At GCE A/L, a pass is considered E and above. HSC pass is considered C and above.), and 3 O’Level/SSC passes with C grade and above.

OR

  • Attainment of a Level 4 qualification in a related field

OR

  • Attainment of a Level 4 Foundation Study Program approved for the specific Diploma program.

Alternative Entry Criteria

  • 20 years old, completion of a Level 4 qualification (unrelated), and successful completion of an MQA approved University Preparation Program