UWE Bristol - BA Hons Early Childhood with Foundation Year

UWE Bristol

BA Hons Early Childhood with Foundation Year

Designed for those who want to work in a professional capacity with or for children, this course provides an excellent foundation for careers with children or further study.

Why study early childhood?

Recent research has established the importance and quality of learning from birth.

Now is a really important time to consider how children explore their world.

This degree in early childhood considers ideas that are central for children's lives and their education, as well as the wider business world. This means graduates in early childhood are sought after for a wide range of employment opportunities.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA (Hons) Early Childhood is an intellectually demanding and enjoyable course.

You'll examine issues around children's place in society, education, special educational needs, children's learning and development, language and reasoning and environments for children.

Exploring issues affecting children between birth and eight years old, you'll link theory to practice, and understand social, psychological and philosophical factors in children's lives, learning and development.

Undertaking work-related experience is a central aspect of the degree. You'll spend time in early childhood settings in each year of the course.

Develop key communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills, including learning to work effectively with others, organise information and ideas, and present your ideas clearly and confidently. Develop research skills. Learn to reflect on your own and others' practice.

By the end of the course, you'll be qualified to work at level 3 in an early years setting, or level 6 if you opt for the Early Years Teacher Status route.

Where can it take me?

Focusing on the areas that most interest you, through your modules and assessments, you'll graduate in a confident position for your career.

You'll be equipped to work at managerial level in childcare and educational settings, children's services and family support.

Many students study for an early years or primary postgraduate teaching qualification, or for a master's degree in social work, psychology, play therapy or speech and language therapy.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component 
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

Your skills will prepare you for a range of managerial careers in childcare or educational settings, children's services and family support.

You'll be qualified to work in early years setting at level 3, or if you've taken the relevant optional modules, at level 6.

You could go on to postgraduate study, including training for early years or primary teaching and Early Years Teacher Status. Or you could progress to a postgraduate degree in play therapy, speech and language therapy, social work or psychology.

On completion of the course you are guaranteed an interview for the PGCE Primary Education course, and for PGCE Secondary Education subject routes, where degree content matches the entry criteria.

Course Details

Year 0 Foundation Year

What is English?
Learners and Learning
Childhood and Educational Landscapes
Guided Studies.

Year 1

Constructions of Childhood
Exploring Play
Children's Rights, Health and Wellbeing
Working with All Children
Guided Studies.

Year 2

Becoming a Researcher.

Optional modules
Children's Meaning Making
Early Childhood Policy and Comparative Curricula
Leadership and Professional Futures
Reflective Practice
Becoming an Early Years Teacher 1
Guided Studies.

Final Year

Dissertation or Guided Studies
Early Years Education 1
Early Years Education 2
Becoming a Researcher
Inquiry Project.

Optional modules
Debating Childhoods
Emerging Languages and Identities*
The Development of Reasoning
Becoming an Early Years Teacher 2
Core Subject Knowledge for becoming an Early Years Teacher
Guided Studies

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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