Have you always been fascinated by how children learn and experience childhood? Are you passionate about their emotional wellbeing, development and rights?
If so, our BA (Hons) Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies course could be for you. You’ll develop into a thoughtful and flexible practitioner, acting as an amazing advocate for young children. You’ll benefit from practical work placements, smaller classroom sizes and one on one support.
Why study this subject?
How children learn and experience childhood has never been more important in education, together with a whole host of other areas including emotional wellbeing, safeguarding and the rights of the child.
Our Early Childhood and Primary Education Studies course could lead you into primary age teacher training via School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Early Years Initial Teacher Training, or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You could also choose to progress into a leadership role in early years, social work, special needs, play therapy, special needs, charities and international development work.
What will I study?
This course is designed to prepare you to become a confident and impactful member of the Early Years and Primary workforce.
We’ll work hard to develop your knowledge and understanding of how young children learn and develop in areas like play, school-based learning, emotional wellbeing, and importantly their place within family and society.
The mental health and wellbeing of children is a core theme within this course and is where we’ll cover the difficult but important topic of supporting them through loss and grief.
At BNU, your future career is always at the heart of everything we do. This programme will give you the opportunity to develop important employability and transferable skills, so you’ll feel well prepared for the world of work.
We’ll focus on things like teamwork, giving presentations, role play, and communication both with colleagues and, crucially, with the children and families you support. These skills are so important in the world of work, whatever career your choose.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You’ll be taught through classroom learning, lectures, group discussions and seminars. These teaching formats will enable you to learn from your tutors and reflect on your experiences with your course mates. This sharing of experiences is seen as an important part of your development in this course to prepare you for becoming a reflective practitioner in your future career.
You’ll take part in individual tutorials, guided independent study, workshops and presentations as well as benefiting from visiting guest speakers including social workers, headteachers, nursery managers and playworkers, all of whom will enhance your learning by sharing their ‘real-life’ experiences.
The delivery of this course has been designed in a way to allow you to have a part-time job or volunteer in an educational setting while you study.
We assess your work in a number of different ways to reflect the different learning styles our students have. You’ll work on essays, literature reviews, reports and reflective assignments, and be given the opportunity to show your creative side through collages, storyboards and poster presentations.
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