All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
The programme establishes theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of child development, health and diversity from 0–7 years. It explores the ideas underpinning the study of childhood, young children and their development from national and international perspectives, emphasising the contribution of child-centred play-based approaches to learning.
The programme encourages students to apply specialist knowledge in local early childhood settings through a critical examination of current Government-supported initiatives and policies. Students also develop knowledge and understanding of the particular theories and strategies necessary for success as a professional in the early childhood workforce.
The programme concludes with a dissertation module in which students conduct an individual research project, typically within the early childhood sector.
Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.
Policy and Practice in Early Years and Care
This module provides an introduction to current legislation, professional guidance and national and local policy initiatives, supporting you to analyse these critically and relate these to the needs of children and families.
Creativity in Education
Experience approaches to learning that encourage creative critical thinking. Creativity is observable in all areas of education and children's realities, including school, nursery, home and play. All children have creative abilities and it is our responsibility as educators to facilitate and encourage the creative capacities of thinking, originality, innovation, resourcefulness, individuality, vision, self expression and artistry.
International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care
Explore a range of contemporary early years aspects of provision, care and education, including current international trends and how they impact on children and families. Included within this module will be an overview of different pedagogical approaches in a variety of countries including, New Zealand's Te Whaariki, Scandinavia's forest school education, Japan's day care centres, Italy's Reggio Emilia and the UK's early years foundation stage (EYFS).
Leadership, Management and Team Working
This module introduces aspects of leadership, management and team working in the context of children's services and education. As well as traditional views of leadership and management. There is also a focus on leadership and management in the 21st century and the collaborative approaches that support effective team working.
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.