Complete this course successfully and you’ll be an honours graduate authorised to work with early years children in the UK. We've designed our course around sector requirements such as the Common Core of Knowledge and Skills for the UK Early Years Workforce.
The curriculum has a blend of academic and practice-based modules, focusing first
on the theory and skills that underpin children's learning and your own. A research module will help you prepare for the academic challenges ahead.
Year two will train you in professional practice aspects such as safeguarding, learning support and factoring in diversity. This will give you a sound knowledge of the workplace, including the approaches and regulations that exist internationally.
In your third year the focus will be on cultural and societal issues such as children’s rights and interdisciplinary topics. You’ll propose and complete a research-based major project on a topic of your choice.
If you want to, you can choose to incorporate a weekly placement into your studies and to submit an assignment that reflects on your experiences. There are also optional modules throughout the course, allowing you to personalise your studies.
By the time you graduate you’ll also have developed some valuable transferrable skills, such as research, presentation and problem-solving. Above all, you’ll be a confident, knowledgeable practitioner equipped to work in many areas of the Early Years sector, from teaching to public health.
Our lecturers and tutors are experienced early years professionals with research interests including: creativity and imagination in personal development; child health and well-being; sociology; outdoor play; European and international perspectives.
This course will equip you for a variety of early years roles and is useful in other sectors too, such as educational psychology and social work. It’s also a good basis for postgraduate study and research.
We’ll assess your progress from your written assignments, presentations, major project and professional development portfolio. There are no exams on this course.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
Important fee notes
The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.
Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
You will need:
Learners who studied an Access to HE Diploma with 30 level 3 credits at Merit grade will also be considered.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2021, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2021-22.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Full-time, distance learning undergraduate (3 years (Chelmsford), 3 years (distance learning), 4 years with foundation year)
Full-time, part-time, distance learning undergraduate (1 year (Top-Up), 2 years (Top-Up), 3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 6 years)
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