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Early Childhood Care and Education (0-5) with recommendation for EYTS
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Early Childhood Care and Education (0-5) with recommendation for EYTS

Postgraduate course
Education

Reflect on your own professional practice as you explore the contemporary issues that affect young children and their development.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    39 Weeks
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    Headingley Campus

Your Course

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When you achieve Early Years Teacher Status you will be able to work in private and voluntary settings with children from birth to five years.
Entry Requirements
Requirements:Applicants should have at least a 2:2 honours degree relevant to Early Childhood Care or Education, or a degree in an unrelated subject with a relevant Level 3 background e.g. BTEC in Childhood Studies, A Level Psychology etc., or a 2:2 honours degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting relevant to Primary/Early Years education.
GCSEs:
All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Practical Experience:
Substantial classroom based work experience (at least 150 hours in the previous 24 months) in a UK based Early Years Foundation Stage setting must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experience of working with children will be taken into consideration as long as it is in addition to Early Years Foundation Stage based experience. One of the two Referees on your UTT form must be from a school-based setting which confirms the time you have spent in the classroom and comments on the contribution you have made.
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.

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. You will need to be available to attend an interview within 4 weeks of submitting your application. Interviews will be held from November 2015 onwards until such time as places are filled. The interview process has two main purposes:

  1. 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;
  2. To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.
  3. The interview will involve a group activity, an individual interview, and a written task which is designed to demonstrate your ability for critical thought. 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.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, 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.

Requirements:Applicants should have at least a 2:2 honours degree relevant to Early Childhood Care or Education, or a degree in an unrelated subject with a relevant Level 3 background e.g. BTEC in Childhood Studies, A Level Psychology etc., or a 2:2 honours degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting relevant to Primary/Early Years education.
GCSEs:
All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Practical Experience:
Substantial classroom based work experience (at least 150 hours in the previous 24 months) in a UK based Early Years Foundation Stage setting must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experience of working with children will be taken into consideration as long as it is in addition to Early Years Foundation Stage based experience. One of the two Referees on your UTT form must be from a school-based setting which confirms the time you have spent in the classroom and comments on the contribution you have made.
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.

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. You will need to be available to attend an interview within 4 weeks of submitting your application. Interviews will be held from November 2015 onwards until such time as places are filled. The interview process has two main purposes:

  1. 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;
  2. To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.
  3. The interview will involve a group activity, an individual interview, and a written task which is designed to demonstrate your ability for critical thought. 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.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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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

  • Natalie Storey

Careers

Natalie Storey
Reception Class Teacher, Lilycroft Primary School

MA Childhood Studies and Early Years

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“The modules on the MA allowed me to pick areas of study I could apply directly to my classroom practice. The course has given me many experiences to draw upon and it reflects the ever changing world of education.

MODULES & LEARNING

Child Development: Assessment, Pedagogy & Curriculum

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The Professional Practitioner

You will complete three assessed placements giving you the opportunity to gain experience with children in the birth to five years age range. These placements can be in varied settings such as children's centres, schools, private nurseries or childminders. You will be able to put the theory you are learning into practice and discover more about the range of career options available to you when you graduate.

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training at our Headingley Campus and our welcoming, friendly course team are ready to bring out the best in you. Many of them have experience working in the early years sector and their published work on play, early language development and well-being in the early years is both nationally and internationally recognised.

Guest speakers will share their expertise with you and you'll be studying alongside a diverse range of people from a variety of backgrounds, giving you the opportunity to discuss your experiences and learn from each other.

  • Damien Page
    Professor Damien Page Professor Damien Page
    Dean of School

    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 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.
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.
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