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BA (Hons) Early Learning (Progression Route)

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UCAS code: 
X312
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Also available as online course (distance learning).

One year full-time (including 20 hours of work-based learning in the workplace and one day of classroom attendance).

Two years part-time (including 10 hours of work-based learning in the workplace and half a day of classroom attendance).

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: FdA or FdSc (or equivalent).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Introduction

The online course will be delivered through tutor support via online tutor Webinars and tutorials for each module, online learning module materials and tasks relating to practice. BA (Hons) Early Learning (120 credits) One year full-time or two years part-time Effective practice in the early years is based upon: Committed, enthusiastic and reflective practitioners with a breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding involving:  The BA (Hons) Early Learning is an intensive work-based higher education qualification for experienced early year s practitioners who have completed a Foundation Degree in Children s Care Learning and Development or equivalent undergraduate qualification.

On the part-time programme students must engage in 10 hours per week of work-based learning either with their current employer, or on a voluntary basis in a registered early years setting. Students are required to attend for one morning each week normally Wednesdays from 0900-13.00. The programme focuses on developing students knowledge and understanding of the principles and values that underpin the learning and development of young children primarily from birth to 12 years old, and to critically apply these values and principles in order to develop their professional practice.The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to progress to teacher training or further postgraduate study. The BA (Hons) Early Learning programme is underpinned by the following principles and values agreed by the course team, and articulated in module lectures particularly in the Early Learning Practice Module. They are embedded in the Professional Practice Standards which students use as a tool for critically evaluating their own practice. Effective practice in the early years is based upon: Committed enthusiastic and reflective practitioners with a breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding involving: The BA (Hons) Early Learning is an intensive work-based higher education qualification for experienced early year s practitioners who have completed a Foundation Degree in Children s Care Learning and Development or equivalent undergraduate qualification.

On the full-time programme students must engage in 20 hours per week of work-based learning either with their current employer, or on a voluntary basis in a registered early years setting. Part-time students must engage in 10 hours per week of work- based learning either with their current employer or on a voluntary basis in a registered early years setting. Students are required to attend for one day each week, normally Wednesdays from 0900-18.00. The programme focuses on developing students knowledge and understanding of the principles and values that underpin the learning and development of young children primarily from birth to 12 years old, and to critically apply these values and principles in order to develop their professional practice. The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to progress to teacher training or further postgraduate study. Students can also choose to work towards Early Years Professional Status either alongside the BA (Hons) Early Learning or after completion of the degree. The programme has an established reputation and is supported by local employers and by the Local Education Authority. In order to succeed on the programme students need to be hardworking and committed individuals who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding and their academic skills. The BA (Hons) Early Learning programme is underpinned by the following principles and values agreed by the course team, and articulated in module lectures particularly in the Early Learning Practice Module. They are embedded in the Professional Practice Standards which students use as a tool for critically evaluating their own practice.

Student testimonial "I chose the BA (Hons) Early Learning course as it had a good balance of academic and practice modules, which I found to be a very beneficial aspect of the course as I was able to build upon my existing experience and skills. Completing the BA (Hons) Early Learning has provided me with many opportunities to develop my knowledge and skills as an Early Years Practitioner. Although it was hard work, I have developed my knowledge of underpinning theory and been able to link these directly to improve my practice. I feel this increased knowledge has enhanced not only my skills but also my confidence and employability."

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Course modules

There are two pathways for this programme: the Honours degree which is full-time or part-time (120 credits) and the Ordinary Degree route which is part-time (60 credits). With a choice of 1 module from the below. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Early Learning Practice (Mandatory)
Dissertation (Mandatory)
Therapeutic and Child Centred Interventions in the Early Years (Mandatory)
Schooling, Society and Education (Mandatory)

Fees and finance

2017-18

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: FdA or FdSc (or equivalent).

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Students are required to be in suitable paid or voluntary employment with children for a minimum of 10(PT)/20(FT) hours per week and hold a satisfactory Enhanced CRB or Disclosure & Barring Service check. 

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Early Years

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies (Sociology)