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Early Childhood Education (2 year route)
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons) (leading to QTS)

Early Childhood Education (2 year route)

Overview

If you are experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about working with children aged three to seven, this course will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will gain 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 you will 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.

RESIDENTIALS

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 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.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

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 2017 and March 2018. 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 2017 and March 2018. 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.
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Careers

Rafina Din

Careers

Rafina Din
Year 4 Teacher Miriam Lord Primary School

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.

Modules & learning

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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

Beverley Keen
Bev Keen
Senior Lecturer
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.
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.
Play BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education - Katy Hall, graduate Video
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education - Katy Hall, graduate

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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 for this course are not yet confirmed.

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.

Facilities

  • School Practice Collection
    School Practice Collection

    Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

  • Library and online resources
    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.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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