What you'll study
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.
First year modules
Academic Study Skills
This module will introduce you to the challenges and strategies related to effective learning. It will support you in developing appropriate skills for managing time and organising work. Throughout the module, several key questions will be addressed: How do I reference accurately? What is a valid source of information? How do I present information to others in a way that they will find interesting? What is plagiarism?
Early Child Development: Theory into Practice
Discover the observational techniques for working with babies and young children. You'll carry out and evaluate observations of children relating to these child development concepts.
Professional Reflective Practice: Listening to Young Children
This module is focused on the concept of listening to babies' and young children's voices and behaviours, as they become aware of their own agency and independence.
Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Young Children
Examine the legal and statutory framework in which early years settings operate, exploring issues relating to leadership, communication and multi-professional work.
Social Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care
Explore the current policies and research that pay special attention to the learning experiences of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Professional Reflective Practice: Learning Journeys
Develop your skills in reflective learning on the practice of assessment and its purpose when working with babies and young children.
Second year modules
Approaches to Research in Early Childhood Studies
This module introduces the methods you'll use for the research project in semester 2 - and for the dissertation, if you want to progress to the foundation degree top-up.
Children's Play and Creativity
Linking theory to practice, you'll analyse how adults influence the play environment and the inter-connections of toddlers and children's play behaviours and meaning-making.
Professional Reflective Practice: Transitions
Explore the impact of transitions on learning and development. You'll reflect on a specific element of early childhood practice and consider it in relation to the ecological context of child development.
Action Research Project
You’ll design a small-scale action research project (on a topic of your choice) which could be carried out in your normal work setting, preparing you for larger-scale research projects.
Inclusive Strategies for Early Years
Examine the need for inclusive education to explore strategies that enable all babies and young children to learn - from hands-on activities to the use of information technology.
Professional Reflective Practice: Critical Reflection and Alternative Pedagogies
On this module, you'll select a specific element which has emerged as an area of interest from your practice, and consider it in relation to alternative pedagogical approaches.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.