The focus throughout the course is on children as they progress through their childhoods and how they are influenced in their growth, development and learning.
You'll start by developing skills, knowledge and understanding in specific areas such as growth and development (with a focus on emotional, cognition and identity), early years policy, practice and provision, the notion of being, belonging and becoming, foundations of early childhood, and pedagogies and practice in early childhood.
In Years 2 and 3, you can choose optional practice-based modules, which will help you to gain valuable experience from a range of employment contexts and professionals related to children and their families. You may participate in a wider variety of field trips and other opportunities to support your learning and gain a wider experience of children, childhood, families, communities and cultures. These trips are voluntary and information on additional costs are provided. These opportunities may include day field trips to local facilities such as museums, art galleries, local children’s services and charities, and wider opportunities such as Erasmus study and longer field trips to destinations such as southern India.
As you progress through the course, you'll carry out more in depth study and will develop your research and analytics skills, so that you are prepared to carry out an individual study/research in your final year.
Work experience is a vital element of your studies as it gives you a chance to put into practice what you learn during the course, and gain new skills as well. It will also add real value to your CV.