Early Years Professional PracticeAnglia Ruskin University
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- Bachelor's degree
- Cambridge (England)
What you'll learn on the course
Skills and Training
Our Early Years Professional Practice honours degree has been especially designed to keep in mind the demands of employers in the Early Years sector, and also the current criteria for the achievement of Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and Common Core of Knowledge and Skills for Early Years Workforce as issued by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC), the sector's Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB). This course gives you the unique opportunity to study early childhood as an academic subject, and also develop your professional portfolio by engaging with Early Years practice.
The skills, understanding and experience you acquire on this course will help you construct a sound knowledge and vocational base to undertake the role of an Early Years Practitioner with confidence. Those students not currently in paid, or voluntary employment will be offered a place in an early years setting. You will then be supported to identify a suitable person to act as your mentor in the placement. The blend of university-taught sessions, and placement experience, is anticipated to enable you to develop appropriate transferable skills and a sound understanding of the link between theory and practice.
Our Early Years Professional Practice degree provides you with the opportunity for intermittent awards, making it flexible enough to suit your needs. You may be able to achieve a Certificate HE after completing the Level 1 elements of your degree. Those completing the Certificate HE may be offered an option of Admissions With Credit (AWC) at a later stage to complete the full degree through a tariff. You may also be able to claim for a staged award of an ordinary degree at Level 3.
Year one core modules:
- Understanding Learning
- Aspects of Health
- Well-being and Lifestyle
- Understanding the Work Sector
- Key Person: Observing Young Children and Establishing Relationships
- Introduction to Research
- Human Development
Year two core modules:
- Safeguarding Children
- Documenting Learning and Care
- Research 2
- Work-based Learning
- Curriculum in Early Childhood
Year three core modules:
- Inclusive Practice in Early Childhood
- Developing Practice Through Policy
- Leadership and Management
- Professional Development
- Undergraduate Major Project
Year one optional modules (choose one from these three designates):
- Anglia Language Module
- Outdoor Play and Pedagogy
- Play and Pedagogy
Year two optional modules (choose one from these three designates):
- Special Needs in the Early Years
- Working with Young Children and Families
- Diet, Exercise and Development
Year three optional modules (choose one from these three designates):
- Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
- Promotion of Lifelong Health and Well-being
- Independent Learning Module
Your work will be assessed through a range of assignments that develop your knowledge and understanding throughout your study. You will mainly be assessed through: written assignments (essays, critiques, analyses and reports); visual and oral presentations; poster presentations and commentary; web-based discourse; use of a reflective journal; workplace diaries; action plan, development plan, learning contract; child study and observations; exhibitions and presentations of work to the employers; and a professional development portfolio. There are no examinations in the degree.
Additional module information
Level 1 introduces you to the Early Years care and education system, with emphasis on the development of understanding of relevant government initiatives, and their implications on the Early Years work sector. Level 1 also provides you with the opportunity to engage with study and research skills in line with our University's expectations.
Level 2 is a core year with emphasis on subject-specific knowledge. It will move your study on to consider the Early Years curriculum and will engage you with documentation of care and education assessment for young children. Level 2 also encourages and supports autonomy and learning in an unfamiliar context.
Level 3 acts as a pinnacle to your study. The modules will empower you to be able to visualise and instigate change and also to take responsibility for identifying, and meeting, your professional development needs. You will explore the individual and collective against a background of inclusion whilst undertaking your Dissertation.
Career opportunities: Early Years Practitioner. The degree may also enable you to progress in other areas such as Educational Psychology and Social Work.