Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Top Up

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The BA (Hons) top up level 6 qualification is a one-year full time higher education qualification for experienced early years practitioners who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree Early Years Practice or a similar undergraduate course. students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and values that underpin the early years in order to develop their professional practice. The programme aims to encourage students to reflect and critically analyse a range of perspectives in relation to contemporary issues in the early years.

The course is awarded by the Open University.

Skills and knowledge developed: Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the principles and values that underpin early years in order to develop their professional practice. The programme aims to encourage students to reflect and critically analyse a range of perspectives in relation to contemporary issues in the early years.

On successful completion the student will be able to:

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects within the early years including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of a discipline

Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry

Devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of a discipline

Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the discipline

Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge

Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources

Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects

Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution – or identify a range of solutions – to a problem

Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

Special features: Within the scheme, there will be opportunity for the learners to attain a level of professional practice. The level 6 top up degree in Early Years is an employment-related education qualification which will provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the Early Years sector. All modules link theory to practice.

All information about your course including the programme structure, entry requirements, fees and teaching & assessment methods is made available to you via the prospectus.

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