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Early Childhood Education (2 year route)

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Progress from enthusiastic and experienced volunteer to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by studying the curriculum for children ages three to seven.

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At the beginning of your first year you can go on a study residential where you will take part in challenges to develop your problem solving and team working skills.
Entry requirements
Additional Requirements: Applicants need to have successfully completed 120 level 4 credit points and 120 level 5 credit points. The success at level 5 should average marks above 55% or include a merit/distinction profile. GCSEs:GCSE grade C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Practical Experience:Sustained UK based experience, working or volunteering within Early Years (children aged 3-7) classrooms or other Early Years settings. In addition, we will be looking for evidence of personal skills and qualities reflecting interest in the subject and motivation for the course.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: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests 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:Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between January 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 include a practical session that asks you to demonstrate skills of collaboration and presentation as well as your thinking about early childhood. There is also a group discussion activity where your skills in putting forward ideas and listening to others are assessed alongside identifying your thinking about the role of the Early Years teacher. You will also be required to undertake a short writing task to allow us to analyse your use of written English and ability to think critically. 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.
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.

Additional Requirements: Applicants need to have successfully completed 120 level 4 credit points and 120 level 5 credit points. The success at level 5 should average marks above 55% or include a merit/distinction profile. GCSEs:GCSE grade C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Practical Experience:Sustained UK based experience, working or volunteering within Early Years (children aged 3-7) classrooms or other Early Years settings. In addition, we will be looking for evidence of personal skills and qualities reflecting interest in the subject and motivation for the course.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: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests 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:Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between January 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 include a practical session that asks you to demonstrate skills of collaboration and presentation as well as your thinking about early childhood. There is also a group discussion activity where your skills in putting forward ideas and listening to others are assessed alongside identifying your thinking about the role of the Early Years teacher. You will also be required to undertake a short writing task to allow us to analyse your use of written English and ability to think critically. 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.
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
Additional Requirements: Applicants need to have successfully completed 120 level 4 credit points and 120 level 5 credit points. The success at level 5 should average marks above 55% or include a merit/distinction profile. GCSEs:GCSE grade C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Practical Experience:Sustained UK based experience, working or volunteering within Early Years (children aged 3-7) classrooms or other Early Years settings. In addition, we will be looking for evidence of personal skills and qualities reflecting interest in the subject and motivation for the course.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: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests 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:Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between December 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 include a practical session that asks you to demonstrate skills of collaboration and presentation as well as your thinking about early childhood. There is also a group discussion activity where your skills in putting forward ideas and listening to others are assessed alongside identifying your thinking about the role of the Early Years teacher. You will also be required to undertake a short writing task to allow us to analyse your use of written English and ability to think critically. 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.
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.

Additional Requirements: Applicants need to have successfully completed 120 level 4 credit points and 120 level 5 credit points. The success at level 5 should average marks above 55% or include a merit/distinction profile. GCSEs:GCSE grade C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.Practical Experience:Sustained UK based experience, working or volunteering within Early Years (children aged 3-7) classrooms or other Early Years settings. In addition, we will be looking for evidence of personal skills and qualities reflecting interest in the subject and motivation for the course.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: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests 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:Due to the popularity of this course, we will use selection criteria based on your personal attributes, experience and/or commitment to the area of study using information derived from your personal statement and reference. These will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to interview.Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between December 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 include a practical session that asks you to demonstrate skills of collaboration and presentation as well as your thinking about early childhood. There is also a group discussion activity where your skills in putting forward ideas and listening to others are assessed alongside identifying your thinking about the role of the Early Years teacher. You will also be required to undertake a short writing task to allow us to analyse your use of written English and ability to think critically. 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.
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.

Once you've gained Qualified Teacher Status you can teach early years, Key Stage 1 and across the primary school age range. It is also possible to go into a wide variety of child-related roles, including working within children's centres. You will gain desirable transferable skills, including teamwork, organisation and management expertise, all of which you can successfully take into any work environment.

  • Early Years Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Early Years Co-ordinator
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MODULES & LEARNING

Personal & Professional Development 1: Understanding the Role of the Teacher

Understanding the Early Years Foundation Stage: Curriculum & Pedagogy

Multi-Agency Practice for Children

Developing an Understanding of the Core Subjects at KS1

Foundation Subjects at KS1

Inclusive Practice 1: Special Educational Needs

Current Issues in the Early Years

Developing as a Subject Specialist

Developing Subject Knowledge & Understanding of the Core Subjects

Inclusive Practice 2: Meeting the Needs of EAL Learners / Behaviour Management

Personal & Professional Development 2: Teaching in the Broader Context

Major Independent Study

You are taught by specialist early years lecturers, allowing you to gain immediate insight and advice from experienced practitioners. We will prepare you for work, through teaching placements, reflective assignments and a mock interview.

You will undertake a series of teaching placements in schools to gain your Qualified Teacher Status. These will consist of two placements in Year 1 - a four week Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) placement and a four week Key Stage 1 placement; and a seven week placement in the second year in either the EYFS or Key Stage 1 age range.

We provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad including our unique Community & International Volunteering Programme, which will allow you to gain experience with children from a range of backgrounds, cultures and abilities.

  • Beverley Keen
    Early Childhood Education (2 year route)Beverley Keen
    Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education

    I'm most proud of seeing our students develop in confidence and becomecommitted and passionate about the importance of early years educationin children's lives.

  • Bev is an experienced senior lecturer who teaches across a range of early childhood education modules. She has a particular interest in the use of the outdoor learning environment, both with children and students. Prior to working in higher education Bev taught children across the Reception to Year Six age range for 16 years and for four years she was involved in the North Yorkshire LEA research project on the use of dialogic talk within classrooms.
    BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education (2 year route)
    BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education (2 year route)
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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