The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.
An example of the modules taught in the first year are:
- Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Care (Employment-based)
- Planning for Personal and Career Development (Employment-based)
- Child Development and Learning (Employment-based)
- Discovery Inquiry and Exploration (Employment Based)
- Child Health and Wellbeing (Employment-based)
- Being, Belonging and Becoming (Employment-based)
Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Care (Employment-based) (20 credits)
The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introduction into Early Childhood Studies. It aims to allow you to develop a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the complexity of early years’ policy, practice and provision. You will explore theoretical perspectives and recognise the historical, political and ideological factors that impact on young children and their families. In addition, you will develop their knowledge and understanding of the developing child, consider the inter relationships of developmental areas and examine wider societal issues influencing child development.
Child Development and Learning (Employment-based) (20 credits)
The module aims to provide an introduction to human development that will establish a framework for understanding human growth, development and developmental stages and domains. Specifically, the module will focus on the learning and development that occurs with an emphasis on the period from conception to eight years of age. The module will also encourage you to recognise and discuss the changing nature of developmental theories. This module will draw upon your own practice based experiences as well as remembered experiences from childhood and observations of children.
Discovery Inquiry and Exploration (20 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to research within the context of children lives, their families and their communities. You will be encouraged to debate, discuss and analyse the process of research and different research methodologies. You will also explore the concepts of knowledge and truth and how these shape how we know and what we know about children and their childhoods.
Child Health and Wellbeing (Employment-based) (20 credits)
The module aims to explore the concepts, of health and well-being of all children from conception throughout their lifespan. Students will evaluate the contexts of health including physical, mental/emotional, environmental and social contexts. Students will consider the implications of ill health through identifying a specific area of study and analyse the implications for the child’s health and wellbeing, their family and wider society. The module will examine a range of philosophies, theories, models of health promotion and public health and underpinning current legislation and government strategies.
Being, Belonging and Becoming (Employment-based) (20 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to an approach to early childhood studies that is values-based and which explores the notion of being, belonging and becoming not only in relation to children’s lives but also to your experiences as a student. You will be supported to explore your own values, and in drawing on a values-based approach to inclusion, explore the notion of democratic participation, community, equality and responses to diversity as fundamental to your transition to study at HE level, to support your inclusion within the university, the course and your reflection of your emerging professional identities.
Planning for Personal and Career Development (Employment-based) (20 credits)
The module aims to support your personal and professional development by identifying graduate skills and considering the place of graduate skills in meeting the course learning outcomes. Through reflection, you will be supported in understanding the processes of managing your own learning in relation to the graduate skills, and in reviewing, planning and taking increased responsibility for your own development.
The module will help you to become more aware of the demands made on you in your professional and academic work.
An example of the 20 credit modules being delivered at during year 2:
- Young Children’s Growth and Development (Employment-based)
- Global and International Perspectives on Early Childhood (Employment-based)
- Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years (Employment-based)
- Creativity, Imagination and Play (Employment based)
- Working with Children, Families and Communities (Employment-based)
- Safeguarding Children; A Risky business? (Employment-based)
Young Children’s Growth and Development (Employment-based) (20 credits)
The module aims to provide you with an in depth understanding of human development that will establish a framework for understanding and evaluating human growth, development, developmental stages and domains in varying contexts. Specifically, the module will focus on the growing, development and learning that occurs with an emphasis on the period from conception to eight years of age. The module will also enable you to recognise and discuss the changing nature of developmental theories and their application.
Global and International Perspectives on Early Childhood (Employment-based) (20 credits)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of children's lives in different cultures and contexts. You will study childhood across the world and the key influences of geography, history, politics and economics.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years (Employment-based) (20 credits)
The aims of this module are to ensure you develop a critical understanding of the issues that surround discrimination, disability and equality in our society and of the concept of inclusion with a particular focus on young children and their families. The history, psychology, economic and social dimensions of these issues will be explored, along with an analysis of their impact upon individual young children and their families.
Creativity, Imagination and Play (Employment based) (20 credits)
The module aims to developyour awareness of both your own creativity and children’s creative development. This module will expand your knowledge of the processes involved in the development of children’s creativity. It addition it will recognise the importance of applying thinking skills and theories relating to cognitive development. You will be introduced to theories of creativity and will consider these in relation to your own lives and the lives of children. You will also consider issues surrounding play provision and creativity in the wider environment and explore the issues impacting on young children and their lives.
Working with Children, Families and Communities (Employment-based) (20 credits)
The module aims to provide an introduction to ecological systems theory and aims to encourage you to recognise and discuss the changing nature of neighbourhoods and society how practitioners might respond in terms of advocacy and action. The module promotes a range of opportunities for you to engage with children, families and communities through theoretical perspectives, previous and current experiences, observation in action and reflection.
Safeguarding Children; A Risky business? (Employment-based) (20 credits)
In this module you will explore concepts, theories, legislation and policy relating to safeguarding and protecting children. You will study concepts such as significant harm, neglect and abuse while considering decision making strategies and interventions that might be utilised by professionals in the field.
We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.