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Early Childhood Studies (Optional pathway in Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 96 points. Minimum of 2 A Levels, can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications eg. AS levels/Extended Project to achieve 96 points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 points

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 96 UCAS points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 points

HNC (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

HND (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

Tarrif points from composite elements of IB Made up of 6 components - usually comprising of 3 subjects at 'higher level' and 3 at 'standard' level. Opportunity to add on to points with extended essay and theory of knowledge. All the above attract UCAS points. Potential to meet the points by not passing all six component of qualificaiton.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H4,H4,H4,H4,H3

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Grade combinations below 96 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 96 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

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

DD

Grade combinations below 96 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 96 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

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

MMM

Grade combinations below 96 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 96 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 96 tariff points

Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCCCD) are required.

UCAS Tariff

96

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Early childhood studies

A degree from our Early Childhood Studies programme is ideal if you want to gain a graduate-level qualification that will enable you to work with children aged from birth to 8 years old.

You'll have a holistic approach to understanding early childhood, relating appropriate educational theory to practice. You'll look critically at the role of play, considering differing curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood researchers and theorists on current government perspectives and practices.

This degree will prepare you for many types of employment and is supported by employers within the industry. Graduates from our Early Childhood Studies degree have progressed into primary Teacher Training, early years teaching, social work, further education, charity work and management. You'll gain placement opportunities across the birth to 8 years old age range and you'll establish lifelong networks that you can use throughout your career.

In addition to our ‘core’ Early Childhood Studies degree we offer another pathway in Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND), which provides a more detailed focus into that area.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway:
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Special Education Needs and Disability

**Work placements**
Our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.
Students on our Early Childhood Studies degrees have worked with:
- Schools

- Colleges

- Early years settings

- SEND settings

- NGOs

- Private training organisations

- Local Councils

- Armed Forces

- Prison Service

- Local Authorities

All students will attend work placements in early years settings throughout the programme, they will be expected to undertake work based activities in preparation for their teaching and learning sessions. These may include information exercises such as locating relevant policies and resource audits for review and discussion. Observations of children or work processes in the placement/work setting may be used to inform discussion, such as analysing children's needs, involvement in the planning process or the preparation of work focused learning materials. Placement records will provide support for learners on placement and all students will be supported by a work-based supervisor within the setting.

Modules

Year 1 compulsory modules:
• Personal, Professional and Academic Development • Introduction to Young Children’s Development • Working with babies 0-3 • History and Philosophy of Early Childhood

Year 2 compulsory modules:
Collaborative Working
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Professional Development: Reflecting on Practice
Play Therapy
Children with Complex Needs (SEND Route Only)

Year 3 compulsory modules:
Research Methods (SEND pathway must have SEND focus)
Numeracy and Literacy Acquisition in the Early Years
Independent Research Project (SEND Pathway must have SEND focus)
Global Perspectives on Childhood

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

Department:

Life Sciences and Education

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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.

93%
high
Early childhood studies

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.

Childhood and youth studies

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

70%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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
79%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

Health and social care

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

49%
Welfare professionals
43%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
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.

Health and social care

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

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

£27k

£27k

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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