You will take five core modules plus one module related to your degree.
Applied English, maths and science skills for Education
The aim of the module is to enable you to become more confident and competent in English, maths and science, and understand how to use these effectively to support your academic study. You will be introduced to these subjects in education and some of the conventions and ethical issues surrounding the use of social media in education.
Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
This module will introduce you to ways of researching and communicating ideas in higher education. You will be introduced to conventions of academic writing and ways of analysing information as well as presenting and evidencing your work within the context of your degree.
Introduction to Education
You will discuss issues related to the study of education within a current and a historical contex. You'll develop your spoken and interpersonal skills in the context of managed and focused discussion and debate, underpinned by evidence.
Introduction to Human Development through the Lifespan
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the physical and psychological factors that can influence human development from conception to old age. It will focus on key underpinning theoretical explanations of human development and look at how these align with current understanding of individual differences.
Personal and Career Development
You will be introduced to key concepts relating to career development. Through discussion and evaluation of various presented personal narratives, you will identify the opportunities and barriers facing individuals regarding their personal development and their career choices within societal parameters. You will consider, depict and present potential positives and issues relation to your own future.
During or at the end of your Foundation Year (Year 0) you will be able to change to a different degree, subject to entry requirements. If you successfully complete and choose to leave after year 0, you will receive a Transcript of Achievement.
*Modules available to combined honours students
The Foundations of Early Childhood* (20 credits)
The purpose of this module is to provide 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.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research* (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an orientation into higher education and to introduce you to research within the context of early childhood and the wider context of education
Being, Belonging and Becoming* (20 credits)
This module aims to explore the notion of being, belonging and becoming, not only in relation to children’s lives but also to your experiences as an early childhood studies students.
Pedagogies and Practice in Early Childhood (20 credits)
You will be introduced to the concepts of pedagogy and practice as they relate to early childhood. You will explore the key influences that shape the way that adults work with children and the learning and care experiences and environments designed for them and their families.
Single honours students will choose two optional modules. Likely optional modules include:
Perspectives of Childhood (20 credits)
The aim of the module is for you to develop a basic but critical understanding of the social, cultural, historical, environmental, economic and political contexts that continue to influence childhood and children’s lives.
The Wonder Years; Birth to Two (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to allow you to understand the potential of babies and their development from conception until two.
*Modules available to combined honours students
The Developing Child: Cognition, Emotion and Identity in Context* (20 credits)
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.
Exploring Research: Methods, Methodologies, and Implications for Practice* (20 credits)
The module will provide you with the knowledge to equip you to be able to design and conduct a small-scale research project with or about children, young people or adults.
Single honours students will choose four optional modules. Combined honours students will choose up to two optional modules. Likely optional modules include:
21st Century Childhood (20 credits)*
This module will engage you in academic debate concerning how early childhood is constructed in 21st century England and globally, providing you with opportunities to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of children's lives in different cultures and contexts.
Early Years Practice 2 (20 credits)* (work placement may require a DBS check)
You will gain work experience with children of all ages and their families, allowing you to develop and underpin your knowledge of theory and related literature. You will primarily focus on the processes of planning and assessment for children and families in a diverse range of contexts within your placement.
Gender Issues in the Early Years: Exploring fact and fiction (20 credits)*
The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of gender differences in children's learning, development and achievement, and how a gender imbalance in early years workforce might impact on this.
Multi-cultural Persectives of Childhood (20 credits)*
You will develop a critical understanding of the social, cultural, historical, environmental, economoic and political contexts that have shaped and continue to influence childhood and children's lives, particularly from birth to eight years of age and especially from the viewpoint of children who are marginalised.
Representation in the Media (20 credits)*
The aims of the module are to understand the impact on children and adults in a range of media (inlcuding newspapers, literature, film, radio, TV, internet, video games and social media). It considers the portrayal of children and adults, different social groups and people who share a protected characteristic in the media, as well as the link between the role of media and the construction of identities.
Working with Children, Families, and Communities (20 credits)*
The module aims to provide an introduction to 'community' and the influences they have on children and their families. Theories about how communities and neighbourhoods work will be introduced and considered in terms of social problems, the notion of societal breakdown and how social policy and community interventions are developed as a response to change.
Voluntary Action and Education (20 credits)* (work-related experience may require a DBS check)
You will gain an understanding of the role of voluntary action i nthe lives of young children. The module explores two particular central themes - the practical role of voluntary action in children's education and how voluntary activity helps us construct our ideas of morality.
*Modules available to combined honours students.
Protection Power and Participation* (20 credits)
The module aims to provide opportunities to explore, analyse and critically evaluate the concepts of protection, power and participation in differing contexts and from differing perspectives including international and national legislation, policy and practice.
Independent Study (20 or 40 credits) or Research in Action: Social action, advocacy and participation (20 credits)
In year three you have the opportunity for an in-depth specialism. In both the 20 and 40 credit routes you will investigate an education issue of your choice. Taking the 40 credit Independent Study route provides you with the opportunity to write a full dissertation on a topic of your interest and passion. You will have a supervisory tutor to guide you through this.
These modules aim to provide you with an opportunity to follow a sustained line of enquiry in an area of interest related to early childhood and to produce a high quality structured and relevant research project which may inform your future career development.
Alternatively, for those interested in the third sector, you can choose to design and implement a research project in partnership with charities, voluntary organisations and community groups.
Single honours students will choose up to four optional moduesl. Combined honours students will choose up to three optional modules. Likely optional modules include:
Law, the Child and the Family (20 credits)*
The module is designed to provide an insight into the legal intervention into different types of famiul structures and the impact of government policy. You will answer questions such as; what is the purpose of legal intervention? Is it to maintain the family unit, whatever that might be, or is it to protect individual members of the family? How does the law regulate marriage and divorce?
Leadership and Management in the Early Years (20 credits)*
This module aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of current policy, legislation and practice related to leadership and management in eary years services to include information about developing sustainable enterprise in the early years sector.
Contesting Early Childhood: Values into Action (20 credits)*
The module aims to support your critical engagement with a values-infused philosophy and approach towards early childhood and the development of childhood services. The module will intorduce the concept of values literacy, and support reflective and critical engagement in identifying values that are both implicit in dominant discourses of early childhood services in England and, as a resilt, construction of children and their childhoods.
Early Years Practice 3 (20 credits)* (work-related placement may require a DBS check)
The aim of the module is to give you experience with children of all ages and their families, allowing you to develop and underpin your knowledge of theory and related literature. You will have the opportunity to negotiate your own placement focus for this module and begin to make links for yourself and your future employment.
Social and Emotional Development in Early Years (20 credits)*
The module offers you a comprehensive account of significant aspects of socio-emotion development in early childhood.
How Children learn: Enhancing Pedagogy and Practice in the Early Years (20 credits)*
The aim of this module is to enable you to gain knowledge of the different factors influencing young children's learning, drawing on theories and research. It will provide you with an appreciation of how these factors and processes interrelate in the holistic structure of learning.
Social justice and Inclusive Education (20 credits)*
This module aims to explore the complexity of the concepts of social justuce and inclusive early childhood eucation, and how everyone can contribute towards the development of a more inclusive world.