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Early Childhood

UCAS Code: X320 Duration: 3 years

Overview

Hear from one of our students about studying Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope.

The early experience of children in today’s society is crucial to their future life experience.  This truth has become a reality of clear significance for those involved in a whole range of aspects of life, including politicians, policy makers, educationalists, psychologists and sociologists.  Thus early childhood is receiving significantly increased attention due to its importance for securing lifelong learning and development.  The widening gap nationally and internationally between advantaged and disadvantaged children clearly emphasises the implications of supporting children and their families in their early years. 

The Early Childhood programme at Liverpool Hope University allows you to study Early Childhood as a complete subject. It also includes a compulsory placement that will enable you to enhance your understanding of course themes and demonstrate your abilities to work in a professional context.

The programme is taught by academics from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Sociology, Education, Health and Psychology. The teaching team are all actively involved in research and have published in their specialist fields. They are all members of the thriving Liverpool Hope Childhood Research Forum and contribute to a range of research conferences both nationally and internationally.  This experience provides an informed and supportive learning environment for the student characterised by depth and challenge. 

Samantha Thorley graduated from the Early Childhood programme with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree. Samantha says "I was incredibly worried about coming to University and how I would cope on the Early Childhood programme but all my worries were taken away by the outstanding tutors. I really felt that they were there for me whenever I needed help or advice but they also taught me how to further my independence when tackling an assessment. My dissertation in my third year seemed very daunting, however, the Early Childhood team put me at ease and supported me every step of the way. I really would recommend this programme to anyone who is passionate about work within the Early Years sector."  Samantha is currently studying for her MA Early Childhood, with a view to potentially training Early Years practitioners in the future.   

Why choose this subject?

  • You will have the opportunity to study early year’s development from a local, national and international perspective, which will prepare you for a range of future career opportunities. 
  • The Early Childhood Team are all active members in the Childhood Research Forum, active researchers and have had their work published. Therefore the course is informed by the latest research outcomes concerning early childhood. 
  • There is a high level of student support. In the recent Student Course Evaluations students commented upon the ‘enthusiasm of the early childhood teaching staff’ (Student Evaluations 2014).

Subject Guides

Read more about studying Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope in our Early Childhood Subject Guides.

Early Childhood Subject Guide 2017

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

Level C: Foundations in Early Childhood

Level C supports students to explore the broad concept of childhood, both globally and nationally, from historical, sociological and philosophical perspectives. What it is to be a child today is investigated and the implications of this experience are debated.  Child development is also a key focus of the course and a disciplined, as well as holistic, focus is taken concerning key ideas.  Students are encouraged to look at all aspects of development drawing on health, social and psychological disciplines. The crucial concept of play, as a central part of child development, is examined and debated.  Outdoor play, practitioner-led play, child-led play and risk-taking play are all examined.  Students will be supported to begin to appreciate research concerning children and their families and the associated ethical issues. In particular they will learn the difference in the use of observation for planning provision and the use of observation for research purposes. This is in keeping with the QAA benchmarks for Early Childhood Studies subject knowledge.

Key topics include:  Constructs of Childhood; The Early Childhood Pioneers; Child Development; The Value of Play; The Role of the Key Person; Researching Children. 

Level I: Explorations in Early Childhood

Level I supports students to closely examine the educational, cultural, psychological and social theories of learning. Students will consider how these relate to creativity and intellectual development. The lessons learned from neuroscience in relation to children’s learning will be investigated and applied. Students are also encouraged to examine the impact of physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing on learning and development. The lessons learned from global interventions, in relation to children’s well-being, will be investigated and applied. Students will be provided with the opportunity to explore environmental factors that impact children’s experiences and thus will be provided with the opportunity to develop investigative, explorative and problem solving skills. Students will use their developing knowledge as a basis to critique policy guidelines and practice in the UK and internationally.  This is in keeping with the QAA benchmarks for Early Childhood Studies subject knowledge.

Key topics included in the course may include:  Key Learning Theorists; Theory of Mind; Creativity; Holistic Development; Identity; Language Development; Risk; Researching Children.

Level H: Advanced Study of Early Childhood

Level H supports students to examine the historical, social, political, cultural and global development of attitudes to children.  The evolution of policy, legislation and practice related to early childhood and families is explored.  Specific issues, such as gender, poverty, race and abuse, are examined through engagement with case study situations and related policy and legislation is critiqued and applied.  The interdisciplinary nature of work with children is central to this level of study and aspects of leadership in early year’s settings, such as communication, multi-agency working and boundary management are studied. There is a significant focus upon research in this final year and students are supported to undertake a research project designed to investigate an aspect related to the field. This is in keeping with the QAA benchmarks for Early Childhood Studies subject knowledge.

Key topics included in the course may include:  Development of Constructs of Childhood; Development of Policy and Legislation; Global Understandings of Childhood; High Profile Case Studies; Issues Affecting Children in their Early Years; Interdisciplinary Workforce; Leading in an Early Years’ Environment. 

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Education

Childhood and Youth

Special Educational Needs

Primary Education with QTS

Entry Requirements

2017 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2017 entry will be BCC - ABB at A Level or DMM - DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma or 104 - 128 new UCAS tariff points.

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB). 

UCAS points offers can be achieved in many ways, the following are just a few examples of how you could achieve our entry requirements:

  • Three A Levels with grades of BCC or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) with grade DMM
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) with grade M
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and A Level with grade of C
  • CACHE Diploma at grade B

The Access to HE Diploma now also attracts points under the new UCAS tariff. Visit the UCAS website to calculate your points.

 

Useful Links

How to apply

Admissions Policy

UCAS

Course Combinations

Early Childhood will be available as a BA Single Honours degree, UCAS Code X320. 

Early Childhood is also a combined honours subject. It can be studied with the following subjects. All course combinations result in a BA Hons degree.

Early Childhood and Accounting & Finance UCAS code NC48
Early Childhood and Art & Design History UCAS code VC39
Early Childhood and Business Management UCAS code NX2H
Early Childhood and Childhood & Youth UCAS code XL35
Early Childhood and Criminology UCAS code LL39
Early Childhood and Dance UCAS code WL59
Early Childhood and Drama & Theatre Studies UCAS code WXK3
Early Childhood and Education UCAS code X300
Early Childhood and English Literature UCAS code QX33
Early Childhood and Geography UCAS code XF3V
Early Childhood and History UCAS code VXC3
Early Childhood and Law UCAS code XM31
Early Childhood and Marketing UCAS code XN35
Early Childhood and Media & Communication UCAS code LP93
Early Childhood and Philosophy & Ethics UCAS code XV35
Early Childhood and Politics UCAS code LX21
Early Childhood and Psychology UCAS code CXV3
Early Childhood and Social Policy UCAS code XL34
Early Childhood and Special Educational Needs UCAS code XX13
Early Childhood and World Religions UCAS code LL95

Employability

The skills and subject knowledge that you will develop whilst studying the Early Childhood programme at Liverpool Hope University will prepare you well for your future career.  As examples, our graduates have gone on to pursue careers as members of Local Authority multi-agency teams, leaders in Children’s Centres,  Children’s Learning Officers (National Museums Liverpool) and employees of national and international charity organisations, such as Save the Children and Barnardo’s.  A significant number of students also enter the teaching profession via the PGCE Primary or PGCE Early Years route.  Early Childhood graduates at Liverpool Hope have also successfully achieved careers in business, management and government.

Abigail O’Connor graduated from the Early Childhood programme in 2014 with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree.  Abigail says, ‘Studying Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope was thoroughly enjoyable.  Whilst being intellectually challenging the course promotes independent learning which helps provide students with the skills that can be applied to prospective future job opportunities, as well as their dissertation in the final year of their course. The tutors who deliver the course are both enthusiastic and eager to answer any questions students have in a friendly and understandable way.’  Abigail is currently working for HM Prison Service. 

Leanne Kelly graduated from the Early Childhood programme in 2014 with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree.  Leanne says, ‘Studying for a degree in Early Childhood combined with Education Studies at Liverpool Hope has helped to prepare me for the Primary PGCE course that I am now studying. The Early Childhood course gave me an excellent understanding of how children learn and develop and I thoroughly enjoyed the varied range of subject areas that I had the opportunity to study within the course – all of which have proved very beneficial for my teacher training. The tutors are fantastic and very approachable, they supported me every step of the way. As a mature student I found this support very beneficial and that is why I chose to return to Liverpool Hope to continue my PGCE studies. I would recommend the Early Childhood course to anyone who is considering a career in teaching or to anyone who would like to work with children and their families.’ Leanne is currently studying for her Primary PGCE at Liverpool Hope University.   

Overview

Hear from one of our students about studying Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope.

The early experience of children in today’s society is crucial to their future life experience.  This truth has become a reality of clear significance for those involved in a whole range of aspects of life, including politicians, policy makers, educationalists, psychologists and sociologists.  Thus early childhood is receiving significantly increased attention due to its importance for securing lifelong learning and development.  The widening gap nationally and internationally between advantaged and disadvantaged children clearly emphasises the implications of supporting children and their families in their early years. 

The Early Childhood programme at Liverpool Hope University allows you to study Early Childhood as a complete subject. It also includes a compulsory placement that will enable you to enhance your understanding of course themes and demonstrate your abilities to work in a professional context.

The programme is taught by academics from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Sociology, Education, Health and Psychology. The teaching team are all actively involved in research and have published in their specialist fields. They are all members of the thriving Liverpool Hope Childhood Research Forum and contribute to a range of research conferences both nationally and internationally.  This experience provides an informed and supportive learning environment for the student characterised by depth and challenge. 

Samantha Thorley graduated from the Early Childhood programme with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree. Samantha says "I was incredibly worried about coming to University and how I would cope on the Early Childhood programme but all my worries were taken away by the outstanding tutors. I really felt that they were there for me whenever I needed help or advice but they also taught me how to further my independence when tackling an assessment. My dissertation in my third year seemed very daunting, however, the Early Childhood team put me at ease and supported me every step of the way. I really would recommend this programme to anyone who is passionate about work within the Early Years sector."  Samantha is currently studying for her MA Early Childhood, with a view to potentially training Early Years practitioners in the future.   

Why choose this subject?

  • You will have the opportunity to study early year’s development from a local, national and international perspective, which will prepare you for a range of future career opportunities. 
  • The Early Childhood Team are all active members in the Childhood Research Forum, active researchers and have had their work published. Therefore the course is informed by the latest research outcomes concerning early childhood. 
  • There is a high level of student support. In the recent Student Course Evaluations students commented upon the ‘enthusiasm of the early childhood teaching staff’ (Student Evaluations 2014).

Subject Guides

Read more about studying Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope in our Early Childhood Subject Guides.

Early Childhood Subject Guide 2017

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

Level C: Foundations in Early Childhood

Level C supports students to explore the broad concept of childhood, both globally and nationally, from historical, sociological and philosophical perspectives. What it is to be a child today is investigated and the implications of this experience are debated.  Child development is also a key focus of the course and a disciplined, as well as holistic, focus is taken concerning key ideas.  Students are encouraged to look at all aspects of development drawing on health, social and psychological disciplines. The crucial concept of play, as a central part of child development, is examined and debated.  Outdoor play, practitioner-led play, child-led play and risk-taking play are all examined.  Students will be supported to begin to appreciate research concerning children and their families and the associated ethical issues. In particular they will learn the difference in the use of observation for planning provision and the use of observation for research purposes. This is in keeping with the QAA benchmarks for Early Childhood Studies subject knowledge.

Key topics include:  Constructs of Childhood; The Early Childhood Pioneers; Child Development; The Value of Play; The Role of the Key Person; Researching Children. 

Level I: Explorations in Early Childhood

Level I supports students to closely examine the educational, cultural, psychological and social theories of learning. Students will consider how these relate to creativity and intellectual development. The lessons learned from neuroscience in relation to children’s learning will be investigated and applied. Students are also encouraged to examine the impact of physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing on learning and development. The lessons learned from global interventions, in relation to children’s well-being, will be investigated and applied. Students will be provided with the opportunity to explore environmental factors that impact children’s experiences and thus will be provided with the opportunity to develop investigative, explorative and problem solving skills. Students will use their developing knowledge as a basis to critique policy guidelines and practice in the UK and internationally.  This is in keeping with the QAA benchmarks for Early Childhood Studies subject knowledge.

Key topics included in the course may include:  Key Learning Theorists; Theory of Mind; Creativity; Holistic Development; Identity; Language Development; Risk; Researching Children.

Level H: Advanced Study of Early Childhood

Level H supports students to examine the historical, social, political, cultural and global development of attitudes to children.  The evolution of policy, legislation and practice related to early childhood and families is explored.  Specific issues, such as gender, poverty, race and abuse, are examined through engagement with case study situations and related policy and legislation is critiqued and applied.  The interdisciplinary nature of work with children is central to this level of study and aspects of leadership in early year’s settings, such as communication, multi-agency working and boundary management are studied. There is a significant focus upon research in this final year and students are supported to undertake a research project designed to investigate an aspect related to the field. This is in keeping with the QAA benchmarks for Early Childhood Studies subject knowledge.

Key topics included in the course may include:  Development of Constructs of Childhood; Development of Policy and Legislation; Global Understandings of Childhood; High Profile Case Studies; Issues Affecting Children in their Early Years; Interdisciplinary Workforce; Leading in an Early Years’ Environment. 

You may also be interested in...

Education

Childhood and Youth

Special Educational Needs

Primary Education with QTS

Entry Requirements

2017 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2017 entry will be BCC - ABB at A Level or DMM - DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma or 104 - 128 new UCAS tariff points.

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB). 

UCAS points offers can be achieved in many ways, the following are just a few examples of how you could achieve our entry requirements:

  • Three A Levels with grades of BCC or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) with grade DMM
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) with grade M
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and A Level with grade of C
  • CACHE Diploma at grade B

The Access to HE Diploma now also attracts points under the new UCAS tariff. Visit the UCAS website to calculate your points.

 

Useful Links

How to apply

Admissions Policy

UCAS

Course Combinations

Early Childhood will be available as a BA Single Honours degree, UCAS Code X320. 

Early Childhood is also a combined honours subject. It can be studied with the following subjects. All course combinations result in a BA Hons degree.

Early Childhood and Accounting & Finance UCAS code NC48
Early Childhood and Art & Design History UCAS code VC39
Early Childhood and Business Management UCAS code NX2H
Early Childhood and Childhood & Youth UCAS code XL35
Early Childhood and Criminology UCAS code LL39
Early Childhood and Dance UCAS code WL59
Early Childhood and Drama & Theatre Studies UCAS code WXK3
Early Childhood and Education UCAS code X300
Early Childhood and English Literature UCAS code QX33
Early Childhood and Geography UCAS code XF3V
Early Childhood and History UCAS code VXC3
Early Childhood and Law UCAS code XM31
Early Childhood and Marketing UCAS code XN35
Early Childhood and Media & Communication UCAS code LP93
Early Childhood and Philosophy & Ethics UCAS code XV35
Early Childhood and Politics UCAS code LX21
Early Childhood and Psychology UCAS code CXV3
Early Childhood and Social Policy UCAS code XL34
Early Childhood and Special Educational Needs UCAS code XX13
Early Childhood and World Religions UCAS code LL95

Employability

The skills and subject knowledge that you will develop whilst studying the Early Childhood programme at Liverpool Hope University will prepare you well for your future career.  As examples, our graduates have gone on to pursue careers as members of Local Authority multi-agency teams, leaders in Children’s Centres,  Children’s Learning Officers (National Museums Liverpool) and employees of national and international charity organisations, such as Save the Children and Barnardo’s.  A significant number of students also enter the teaching profession via the PGCE Primary or PGCE Early Years route.  Early Childhood graduates at Liverpool Hope have also successfully achieved careers in business, management and government.

Abigail O’Connor graduated from the Early Childhood programme in 2014 with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree.  Abigail says, ‘Studying Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope was thoroughly enjoyable.  Whilst being intellectually challenging the course promotes independent learning which helps provide students with the skills that can be applied to prospective future job opportunities, as well as their dissertation in the final year of their course. The tutors who deliver the course are both enthusiastic and eager to answer any questions students have in a friendly and understandable way.’  Abigail is currently working for HM Prison Service. 

Leanne Kelly graduated from the Early Childhood programme in 2014 with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree.  Leanne says, ‘Studying for a degree in Early Childhood combined with Education Studies at Liverpool Hope has helped to prepare me for the Primary PGCE course that I am now studying. The Early Childhood course gave me an excellent understanding of how children learn and develop and I thoroughly enjoyed the varied range of subject areas that I had the opportunity to study within the course – all of which have proved very beneficial for my teacher training. The tutors are fantastic and very approachable, they supported me every step of the way. As a mature student I found this support very beneficial and that is why I chose to return to Liverpool Hope to continue my PGCE studies. I would recommend the Early Childhood course to anyone who is considering a career in teaching or to anyone who would like to work with children and their families.’ Leanne is currently studying for her Primary PGCE at Liverpool Hope University.   

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