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Early Years

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 Mathematics at grade C or 4 We accept GCSE equivalents

UCAS Tariff

104

This must include least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National or CACHE qualifications. For example: BCC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Early years education

- Develop your knowledge and understanding of theory and research which underpins effective practice within the early years.

- Learn about current effective practice with babies, toddlers and young children.

- Study alongside your work, allowing you to apply what you learn directly to your career.

This sector-endorsed course combines theoretical lectures with hands-on work, allowing you to gain a foundation degree while working in practice.

**How you learn**

The foundation degree is a full-time course but you only attend university one afternoon or evening a week, and engage in online and self-directed learning activities, allowing you to fit your studies around your other commitments.

You must be working or in a long-term voluntary position within an early years setting during the course, as the emphasis is on work-based learning.

**You learn through**

- lectures and seminars

- group activities

- reflecting on experiences

- self-directed study

**Applied learning
Live projects**

You will apply what you learn in the classroom to your current work, enabling you to build on your skills in practice. You also examine your own academic and professional development. This ensures that you can reflect on new learning and that it is embedded into your everyday practice.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

**Year 1
Compulsory modules**
Children's Development
Enabling Environments In The Early Years
Health And Well Being
Outdoor Play In The Early Years
Play And The Practitioner Role
Reflective Practice

**Final year
Compulsory modules**
Children's Development 2
Economic Well Being
Inclusive Practice
Safeguarding Children And Young People
Working In Teams
Working With Families And Communities

Assessment methods

Coursework
Practicals

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

73%
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.

Education

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

82%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
3%
Male students
97%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
D
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.

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.

£16,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
44%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Childcare and related personal services
24%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Caring personal services

What about your long term prospects?

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

Education and teaching

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

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

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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