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Queens University Belfast BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Queen's University Belfast

Level 6


This is a four year part-time course aimed at those interested in a career in Early Years. The theoretical training establishes and develops the skills necessary to cope with the challenges of supporting, caring for and educating young children in a professional environment. A work based element forms an integral part of the degree and graduates will be highly qualified with a sound, practical and theoretical training. Applications must be made to Stranmillis before 1st March on year of entry.


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Course Content

The BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies is based on the concept of 'Educare'. It aims to both investigate and further advance a multi-professional approach within the Early Years services in Northern Ireland and beyond. The modules offered will address broad areas such as: • Understanding the Child; • The Child in the Learning Context; and • The Child in the Family and Community. Specific modules include: • Childhood in Society; • Support Children's Health; • Foundation in Social and Developmental Learning; • Child Development; • Children's Learning Intentions; • Professional Practice; • Early Years Curriculum; • Management, Leadership and Professionalism; • Research Methods; • Children and Families; • Working with Others; and • Dissertation.

Assessment Method

Learners will be assessed using a variety of continuous assessment methods including: Reflective Practice Portfolio (RPP); Examinations; Presentations; Practical; Seminars; Reflective Diaries/Logs; and Reports.

Progression Opportunities

The degree provides the essential knowledge and experience for those working with young children in a variety of establishments and contexts. Graduates can pursue further study at both Postgraduate Diploma and Master's level in the fields of Early Childhood Studies, Play Therapy and provides a foundation for entry to postgraduate study to gain qualified teacher status, including the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Years).

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Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade C including English (will accept Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy) and Maths and three A Levels at Grades BBB or Grades BBB in VCE totalling 18 units. Alternative qualifications: Level 3 Diploma Children’s Care Learning and Development. Access or HND qualifications. Articulation arrangements are available for Learners who have completed a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

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Course Costs

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Reduced Fee Session dependent

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Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 19 September 2017
Time: 15:30–21:00
Fee: £265.00
Reduced Fee: £0.00
Places Available: 0
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