BA (Hons)

Early Years

Teaching & Learning

Train to become a critical, analytical teacher capable of understanding the complex learning needs of children and making provision for such needs through the deployment of extensive teaching skills and subject knowledge. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

What you'll learn

Examine varying explanations of early learning and development, and consider their relevance to current issues and practice relating to the care, education and welfare of young children, particularly in the 0-5 age range.
Explore the importance of social and cultural settings, including popular culture for the development of playful teaching practice in the early years.
You will be introduced to curriculum and pedagogy in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through the consideration of theoretical, policy and practical perspectives.
Gain the key learning skills and approaches to study that will enable you to work successfully to degree level and determine your own learning preferences.
Enhance your professional practice and employability prospects by engaging in professional development activities and undertaking an integrated placement in an early years enterprise.
Develop your understanding of special educational needs, together with an in-depth appreciation of policy and documentation.
Examine varying explanations of early learning and development, and consider their relevance to current issues and practice relating to the care, education and welfare of young children, particularly in the 0-5 age range.
Explore the importance of social and cultural settings, including popular culture for the development of playful teaching practice in the early years.
You will be introduced to curriculum and pedagogy in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through the consideration of theoretical, policy and practical perspectives.
Gain the key learning skills and approaches to study that will enable you to work successfully to degree level and determine your own learning preferences.
Enhance your professional practice and employability prospects by engaging in professional development activities and undertaking an integrated placement in an early years enterprise.
Develop your understanding of special educational needs, together with an in-depth appreciation of policy and documentation.

What you'll learn

Explore children's linguistic development, language diversity and multimodal communication. You will learn to recognise the importance of quality provision that values and makes use of the outdoor environment, practice at home and in early childhood education and care settings. You will also study early literacy such as mark making, emergent writing and early reading.
Develop a critical appreciation and practical application of the many ways that young children from 0-5 can demonstrate their confidence and creativity through play and learning.
Build your knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum by exploring the aims, forms and purposes of observation, assessment and documentation within early education and care.
Discover the importance of nurturing child wellbeing and health, and the early years professionals' responsibility in safeguarding and ensuring the wellbeing and health of all children.
Enhance your professional practice and team working skills through group work and further professional development activities and integrated placements in early years enterprise settings.
Gain a broad, practical understanding of the importance of movement and physical activity in the early years. You'll develop a critical appreciation of the role of the adult in facilitating the movement experiences and physical opportunities that young children need.
Explore children's linguistic development, language diversity and multimodal communication. You will learn to recognise the importance of quality provision that values and makes use of the outdoor environment, practice at home and in early childhood education and care settings. You will also study early literacy such as mark making, emergent writing and early reading.
Develop a critical appreciation and practical application of the many ways that young children from 0-5 can demonstrate their confidence and creativity through play and learning.
Build your knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum by exploring the aims, forms and purposes of observation, assessment and documentation within early education and care.
Discover the importance of nurturing child wellbeing and health, and the early years professionals' responsibility in safeguarding and ensuring the wellbeing and health of all children.
Enhance your professional practice and team working skills through group work and further professional development activities and integrated placements in early years enterprise settings.
Gain a broad, practical understanding of the importance of movement and physical activity in the early years. You'll develop a critical appreciation of the role of the adult in facilitating the movement experiences and physical opportunities that young children need.

What you'll learn

Develop a professional knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues that affect young children, as well as an ability to analyse the values and beliefs that underpin policy and practice.
Gain an insight into the varied nature of the transitions that children experience inside and outside the early years setting. You will explore change in a wider context, the nature of families and key life experiences and the impact of these on young children.
Working independently, you will undertake an in-depth, negotiated and ethically secure project in, and of benefit to, a part of the early years sector.
Enhance your professional practice and employability prospects in relation to leadership and management within an early years enterprise setting.
Discover the benefits of children having regular contact with woodland and the natural environment over an extended period. You'll focus on how forest schooling can help children gain experience of the world beyond the early years classroom. You'll discuss the impact on children's confidence, language and physical skills. You'll also examine the benefits of forest schooling particularly for children who don't have access to nature as part of their everyday lives.
Develop a professional knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues that affect young children, as well as an ability to analyse the values and beliefs that underpin policy and practice.
Gain an insight into the varied nature of the transitions that children experience inside and outside the early years setting. You will explore change in a wider context, the nature of families and key life experiences and the impact of these on young children.
Working independently, you will undertake an in-depth, negotiated and ethically secure project in, and of benefit to, a part of the early years sector.
Enhance your professional practice and employability prospects in relation to leadership and management within an early years enterprise setting.
Discover the benefits of children having regular contact with woodland and the natural environment over an extended period. You'll focus on how forest schooling can help children gain experience of the world beyond the early years classroom. You'll discuss the impact on children's confidence, language and physical skills. You'll also examine the benefits of forest schooling particularly for children who don't have access to nature as part of their everyday lives.