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Nottingham Trent University

Early Years

UCAS Code: X310

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or equivalent

104 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

104 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Early years education

Do you want to work with young children? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children, families and communities? If the answer is yes, a career as an early years professional could be for you. You may also have the opportunity to take the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) pathway in Year Two and Year Three of the course and become an Early Years Teacher.

This three-year course will equip you with the necessary expertise to become a successful early years professional, focusing on young children aged 0 to 5 years. It also explores the educational continuum up to eight years.

You will become a research informed and reflective practitioner, as well as an expert in the policy and practice in the early years and the care and education of young children. You will also study leadership and multi-agency working in the early years phase and undertake a piece of practitioner research. Placement experiences in each year of the course will enable you to link theory and policy to practice.

**EYITT (Early Years Initial Teacher Training)**
The BA (Hons) Early Years degree course has been designed to meet Early Years Educator criteria. You will also have the opportunity to achieve Early Years Initial Teacher Training Status alongside the degree. This is an optional pathway in Year Two and Year Three of the course for those who want to become an Early Years Teacher and meet the entry criteria. Successful completion of this pathway will equip you as early years teaching professional with the breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding to work with young children up to five years. Those students not taking the pathway will undertake placements to meet the requirements of the Early Years Educator. Students graduating with this degree will be considered as being an Early Years Educator (Level 3) for the purpose of registration and regulation.

**Masters credits**
A unique key feature of the BA (Hons) Early Years degree is that it has been designed to develop and challenge academic skills for those students who are considering pursuing postgraduate study. There is an opportunity to achieve 40 Masters credits, by opting to submit the final year assignment ‘Leading Early Years Pedagogy and Practice’ at Masters level.

Modules

Year One
The Developing Early Years Professional
You will explore what it means to be a professional working in the early years sector and look at the professional attributes which you will develop through the course.

The Developing Young Child at Play
You will be introduced to key areas of early child development, which will include cognitive, social, emotional and physical, speech language, and communication development along with neurological development.

Introduction to Planning
You will explore the observation, assessment and planning cycle using a variety of observational techniques and assessment methods. It will support your understanding of formative and summative assessment, tracking children progress to plan their next steps and shape young children’s learning opportunities.

Working Safely in Partnership
You will gain knowledge in the current legislation, policies and procedures that promote children rights and keep them safe from harm.

The Child in Society
You will begin to develop an understanding of factors that shape current legislation and policy, influencing the concept of childhood. You will explore children’s rights and their effect on the pedagogy of play, examining local, national and global perspectives of childhood.

Early Years Introduction to Placement
This module is delivered over three terms and allows you to gather a portfolio of evidence to show how you have developed your professional skills to become Early Years Educator.

Year Two
Effective and Reflective Spaces to Play and Learn
Explore research methodologies and ethical practices that seek to involve the voice of the child through participatory methods, taking account of SEND and inclusive practice.

Inclusive Practice
You will develop an understanding of how to work with a range of children with differing needs and potential barriers to learning and development.

Planning for Progress in the Enabling Environment
This module will support you to effectively deliver the Early Years Framework, facilitate babies and young children’s progress and development through effective planned experiences.

Working with Parents and Partners
You’ll explore the importance of effective communication with parents and / or carers and developing professional skills and knowledge in order to engage and positively interact with parents and / or carers.

Early Years Initial teacher Training Early Years Professional standards
During Year Two and Year Three, you’ll gather evidence within a portfolio to be assessed against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).

Enhancing your Professional Standards
During Year Two and Year Three, you’ll gather evidence within a portfolio to be assessed against the Early Years Educator Criteria.
Year Three

Researching and Reflecting on Early Years Practice
You’ll consider epistemological and methodological approaches, ethical issues within research, explore a field of literature related to your own research question, and understand how to interpret, reflect and analyse on literature and data.

The Beginnings of Literacy and Mathematics: Laying the Foundations for Children’s Development in Mathematics and English
You will learn to critically explore approaches to the teaching of early literacy and mathematics.

Leading Early Years Pedagogy and Practice
You will critically study, and apply, a range of leadership and management skills, using relevant academic literature and practice experiences. This module will enable you to reflect on your professional practice when leading early years practice and pedagogy.

Forest Schools
You will experience a range of open-ended activities outdoors, reflecting on the Forest Schools ethos, as well as national and international perspectives.

Assessment methods

We use a variety of assessment types to allow you to demonstrate your strengths, including assessed course work and portfolios of evidence. There are no formal exams during this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Clifton Campus

Department:

Nottingham Institute Education

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.

77%
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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.

Education

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

87%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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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.

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Average annual salary
99%
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Employed or in further education
70%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Childcare and related personal services
15%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate 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.

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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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