It gives you a clear understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One (KS1) curriculum and you will develop your knowledge of play-based learning, inclusion and current issues. You will undertake three different teaching placements and complete a major independent study in an area of particular interest to you.
We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.
At the start of the first year you will attend a two-day residential experience. The residential will focus on developing team working and problem solving skills, and is an opportunity to spend time getting to know other members of the course and team working skills.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
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.
- Specialist facilities
- Expert careers service
- 24/7 Library
- University accommodation
- TEF Silver Award
BA (Hons) Childhood in the Early Years (Top-Up)
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.
Teaching and learning
- Personal & Professional Practice 1: 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 Key Stage 1
- Foundation Subjects at Key Stage 1
- Inclusive Practice 1: Special Educational Needs
- Professional Practice 1
- Current Issues in the Early Years
- Personal & Professional Development 2: Teaching in the Broader Context
- Developing Subject Knowledge & Understanding of the Core Subjects
- Becoming a Subject Coordinator
- Inclusive Practice 2: Meeting the Needs of English as an Additional Language Learners / Behaviour Management
- Major Independent Study
- Professional Practice 2
I'm most proud of seeing our students develop in confidence and become committed and passionate about the importance of early years education in children's lives.
Fees & funding
Library and online resources
Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.