Below are the sessions that are available for this course.
Week Starting: 15 September 2020
Duration: 4 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 5
Total Hours: 150
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator: Ann.Fox@swc.ac.uk
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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.
Applications must be made to Stranmillis before 1st March on year of entry.
Terms & Conditions
Students are required to:
Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: www.swc.ac.uk and on the College VLE).
Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted
without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
Students are required to meet programme regulations with regards to progression
The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as an Early Years Practitioner.
The BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies is based on the concept of ‘Educare’.
It aims to both investigate and further advance a multiprofessional 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 and well-being;
Foundation in Social and Developmental Learning;
Children’s Learning Intentions;
Early Years Curriculum;
Management, Leadership and Professionalism;
Partnership with Children and Families;
Examples of optional units
Advanced Social and Developmental Learning;
and Advanced Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion
Learners will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:
Reflective Practice Portfolio (RPP);Examinations;
and / Reports.
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).
Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of:
4 GCSEs at Grade C (including English Language and Mathematics) and 3 GCE
A levels at Grades BBB (relevant subject required) or Grades BBB in VCE A Level
totalling 18 units (relevant subject required)
Level 3 Diploma Children’s Care Learning and Development.
Access or HND qualifications.
Opportunities for articulation arrangements are available for Learners who have completed a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.