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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Education and Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X310

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language or Welsh Language if Welsh is your first language (Grade C or above), GCSE Mathematics or Science (Grade C or above)

112 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

112

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Early years education

This popular degree is ideal for those interested in working with children and young people in informal and formal education settings.

The course:

has a long history of providing a well-respected, successful and alternative pathway into mainstream primary teaching via a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE – Primary Education) or Post-compulsory qualification (PcET – Adult and Further Education)
keeps options open for a range of other career opportunities that involve work with children and young people
is predominantly geared towards working with children between the ages of 3-13 years of age
combines academic study and work experience
draws upon theoretical perspectives from a wide range of disciplines including education, sociology, psychology, philosophy, health and social welfare/justice
considers educational policies, processes and perspectives relating to the statutory requirements of early years’ curricula and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum in both England and Wales
covers factors which impact on the wellbeing and learning dispositions of children and young people

You can also choose to study this course as a foundation BA (Hons) Education and Childhood Studies (four years including foundation year) UCAS Code: 7X64

Why not come to one of our informal drop-in information sessions? Staff from the Education Department will be available in The Study between 4.00pm and 6.00pm to discuss this programme. Drop-in sessions take place in The Study weekly on Wednesdays. Please see dates and register your interest at https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/forms/subjectdays/Educationdropinsessions/ or drop in on the day.

Modules

Based on a combination of academic study and work experience, the course is designed to build upon your knowledge, skills and experience of work within educational settings.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Year 1 offers students a broad introduction to some of the main disciplines which underpin education and childhood studies. The key philosophy is that in order for children to learn, practitioners must understand the developmental stages and needs of children and young people.

MODULES:

Development of Children and Young People
Protecting Children and Young People
Development of Literacy and Numeracy
Introduction to ALN/SEN
Play
Academic Development and Reflective Practice

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Year 2 builds upon the modules studied at level 4, considering different subjects of the national curriculum, as well as examining more closely some of the social and emotional factors that impinge on children and young people’s learning.

MODULES:

Inclusion and Diversity
Skills for the Workplace
Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being
Curriculum (3-7 years)
Science, Technology and Creative Thinking
Research Methods

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Year 3 builds upon prior learning, requires more independent study and involves students selecting a childhood/education topic of their choice to undertake a small-scale research project within a child/education setting.

MODULES:

Promoting Positive Behaviour
Teaching and Learning Techniques
Curriculum (7-14 years)
Special Educational Needs
Research Article

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used, including: essays; reports; case studies; observations; micro-teach; design and make activities; portfolios; lesson plans and evaluations; presentations; research proposal; journal article; conference posters.

These varied assessment strategies help individuals to develop a range of transferrable skills required for work within education and child settings.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glynd?r University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

The programme is delivered by supportive, well qualified and experienced staff who come from a range of education, child and community backgrounds.

The programme team constantly look for ways to offer additional opportunities to students, linking in to staff expertise and interests. For example, additional training workshops/events have been included: supporting children with loss and grief; child protection; outdoor learning; careers preparation (including advice for entry onto PGCE). Staff are actively engaged in research, publishing and external examining work at other universities.

The programme has an effective tutorial system, including a named personal tutor for students in each year of study.

Year 1 (Level 4) (12 hours a week module contact; 1 hour a week tutorial; an average of 12 hours a week private study)
Year 2 (Level 5) (up to 12 hours a week module contact; 1 hour a week tutorial; an average of 12 hours a week private study)
Year 3 (Level 6) (up to 9 hours a week module contact; 1 hour a week tutorial; an average of 15 hours a week private study)

Placement forms part of the programme at each level of study: Year 1 (20 days); Year 2 (25 days); Year 3 (20 days). You will be expected to mirror the working hours of the staff within the placement setting you attend.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of Social and Life Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
low
Early years education

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Early years education

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

64%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
63%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
6%
Male students
94%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Early years education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

98%
med
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Childcare and related personal services
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Early years education

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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