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BA (Hons) (leading to QTS)
Early Childhood Education (3 year route)

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Graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and specialist knowledge of the Early Years to be able to teach children at all levels.

This course is now full for 2016 but open for 2017.
This course is now full for 2016 but open for 2017.

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Entry requirements
300 pointsrequired
UCAS Tariff Points: 300 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent excluding General Studies. One A level needs to be a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:English Language and Mathematics with one of the subjects being a grade C and the other a B and a grade C in a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. A modern foreign language or community language is preferred. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:In a relevant subject, pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level. To include a National Curriculum subject. Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. To include a National Curriculum subject. Practical Experience:Work experience with children in the 3-7 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK Primary school or Early Years settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with Early Years 3-7 age range. Other experience of working with children or involvement in the community would also be beneficial.Professional Skills Tests:Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are suitable will you be invited to an interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between December 2014 and March 2015. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.The interview process has two main purposes: * To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work; * To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.The interview will be conducted in small groups and you will also be required to undertake a short maths task and two short writing tasks. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.Health and enhanced criminal history checks:Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:300 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent excluding General Studies. One A level needs to be a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:English Language and Mathematics with one of the subjects being a grade C and the other a B and a grade C in a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. A modern foreign language or community language is preferred. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:In a relevant subject, pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level. To include a National Curriculum subject. Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. To include a National Curriculum subject. Practical Experience:Work experience with children in the 3-7 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK Primary school or Early Years settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with Early Years 3-7 age range. Other experience of working with children or involvement in the community would also be beneficial.Professional Skills Tests:Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are suitable will you be invited to an interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between December 2014 and March 2015. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.The interview process has two main purposes: * To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work; * To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.The interview will be conducted in small groups and you will also be required to undertake a short maths task and two short writing tasks. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.Health and enhanced criminal history checks:Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.
Entry requirements
300 pointsrequired
UCAS Tariff Points: 300 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent excluding General Studies. One A level needs to be a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:English Language and Mathematics with one of the subjects being a grade C and the other a B and a grade C in a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. A modern foreign language or community language is preferred. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:In a relevant subject, pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level. To include a National Curriculum subject. Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. To include a National Curriculum subject. Practical Experience:Work experience with children in the 3-7 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK Primary school or Early Years settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with Early Years 3-7 age range. Other experience of working with children or involvement in the community would also be beneficial.Professional Skills Tests:Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are suitable will you be invited to an interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between November 2015 and March 2016. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.The interview process has two main purposes: * To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work; * To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.The interview will be conducted in small groups and you will also be required to undertake a short maths task and two short writing tasks. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.Health and enhanced criminal history checks:Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:300 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent excluding General Studies. One A level needs to be a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:English Language and Mathematics with one of the subjects being a grade C and the other a B and a grade C in a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. A modern foreign language or community language is preferred. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:In a relevant subject, pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level. To include a National Curriculum subject. Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. To include a National Curriculum subject. Practical Experience:Work experience with children in the 3-7 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK Primary school or Early Years settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with Early Years 3-7 age range. Other experience of working with children or involvement in the community would also be beneficial.Professional Skills Tests:Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are suitable will you be invited to an interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between November 2015 and March 2016. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.The interview process has two main purposes: * To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work; * To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.The interview will be conducted in small groups and you will also be required to undertake a short maths task and two short writing tasks. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.Health and enhanced criminal history checks:Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

  • Rafina Din

Careers

Rafina Din
Year 4 Teacher, Miriam Lord Primary School

BA (Hons) Childhood in the Early Years (Top-Up)

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My degree taught me more than just how to teach fractions. It also taught me how to understand and deal with the challenges that can affect children outside the classroom. This rounded approach has really benefited my career and has made me a much more confident and reflective teacher.

This course has high employment rates, with many of our graduates entering a teaching career. When you graduate with Qualified Teacher Status and a specialist knowledge of early years, you will be able to teach children from three to 11 years within primary schools. You will develop your specialist knowledge in one subject area, which will further enhance your employability as a teacher. Upon completing your course, you may also opt to continue on to postgraduate study or academic research in a related field. 

  • Early Years Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Early Years Co-ordinator
Your future career is our business. That's why we offer further study opportunities across all our subject areas. Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt, benefit from our links with industry and give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

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MODULES & LEARNING

Explore the importance of social and cultural contexts in developing playful teaching in early childhood education.

Examine the holistic development of children from pre-birth to age seven.

Develop your knowledge of teaching children aged three to seven years old, by covering the roles and responsibilities of early years teachers.

An introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum through the consideration of theoretical, policy and practical perspectives.

Discuss their rights and how they are upheld in families and in the courts throughout history and in the present day.

Learn to analyse and evaluate early communication skills and chart language development.

Examine early educational provision in England and around the world from the 1800s to the present day in order to track its evolution and important developments.

Develop a significant understanding of teaching, learning and assessment in the Early Years, including different perspectives on behaviour management and the effective use of resources.

Introducing the role of the primary school subject specialist, you will focus on developing significant subject knowledge for a curriculum area for pupils aged three to eleven.

School Experience 2

Study the different ways children play, learn and think, and how these elements integrate to promote learning.

An introduction to the teaching and learning of national curriculum Core Subjects in Key Stage One.

In order to prepare you for teaching this level, you will gain an understanding of a range of Foundation Subjects at Key Stage One.

Explore the positive impact of a creative environment and method of teaching on young children's learning.

By examining diversity and equality you will learn how to explore the opportunities and outcomes for children you teach.

Undertake a project of independent learning in an area of the curriculum that has particular personal interest and value to you.

Develop your understanding of the role of a primary school subject specialist who manages a curriculum area for pupils aged three to eleven.

We will prepare you to be an effective leader and advocate in the field of early childhood education and care.

School Experience 3

You will meet a range of guest speakers, from diverse backgrounds such as national literacy experts, head teachers and experts in behaviour management. You will have the opportunity to undertake international volunteering opportunities from within Europe to as far afield as China and Australia.

To gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be required to undertake a two to seven week placement in a school during each year of study. This will give you the practical experience required to help you hit the ground running with your first teaching job after graduation.

  • Dr Marie-Odile Leconte
    Early Childhood Education (3 year route)Dr Marie-Odile Leconte
    School of Education Head

    In the School of Education and Childhood, we're committed to helping people grow and develop throughout their career. If you're hoping to get into the teaching profession, are newly qualified, or already have years of experience in the classroom; if you work in Early Years settings or other settings connected with children's and young people's services and provision; if you are concerned with special education needs, or working as a teaching assistant, a headteacher, or as a school governor, we can provide you with support and access to the latest research in the areas of learning, teaching and educational leadership.

  • Marie-Odile has developed considerable experience in HRM, organisational development and leadership. She sits on the national Executive Committee of UCML, the main network for Heads of Departments of Languages in UK universities where she has particular responsibility for providing staff development workshops for Heads of Departments/Language Centres. Her research interests include cross-cultural communication and language education. She is currently supervising PhD students in the areas of language learning (EFL) and international education and is also taking part in a research project on the meaning of ethics in the academic community.
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FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £9000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Travel placement costs - We will reimburse you for your travel costs to your QTS placements. This cost can vary depending on the location.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £9500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Travel placement costs - We will reimburse you for your travel costs to your QTS placements. This cost can vary depending on the location.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.
FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Travel placement costs - We will reimburse you for your travel costs to your QTS placements. This cost can vary depending on the location.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9700. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Travel placement costs - We will reimburse you for your travel costs to your QTS placements. This cost can vary depending on the location.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

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