This course allows you to build upon your experience and qualifications within the area of Childhood Studies. This program, includes a dissertation on a specialised topic and leads to achieving an Honours degree.
It is anticipated that most students on the programme will be working in practice and the programme is structured and timetabled to allow ease of access for those working either FT or PT alongside personal and professional commitments.
This qualification puts the student in a unique position to gain both undergraduate level knowledge and understanding together with consolidating employability skills. This facilitates the student best meet the Welsh Government’s requirement for a graduate workforce and therefore enhances their level of employability. Completion of this course may also allow students to progress onto further professional or postgraduate study.
For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.
The course consists of the following modules:
Comparative Studies of Early Childhood Care and Education (20 credits, compulsory)
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the rationale behind making international comparisons and the context that it provides for reflection on our own system, as well as the methods of making international comparisons and the analytical frameworks employed. It also covers practice and policy implementation in a variety of countries and how it compares with that in Wales and the rest of the UK. (Essay 60%, Controlled assessment 40%).
Dissertation (40 credits, compulsory)
This module prepares and supports students to undertake an extended piece of independent writing around a topic of their choice related to their area of professional practice supported by an experienced supervisor.
It will allow students to demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in a particular subject area of professional interest. The dissertation will be a mark of the student’s overall academic ability. Students can either engage in primary or secondary research and will be supervised and guided. (Dissertation 75%, Record keeping 5%, Poster presentation 20%).
Family and Professional Partnerships (10 credits, compulsory)
All practitioners working with children, young people and their families are expected to work jointly with other professionals both within and across disciplines. In Wales, there is a particular emphasis on joint and partnership working within strategies such as Flying Start and Families First and at the centre of Welsh Government strategies to tackle child-poverty. This module interprets joint working in children's services at a policy and strategic level. To include an appreciation of issues surrounding learning disability and mental health when working with the family and professional partnerships. (Case study 100%).
Inequality, Child Poverty and Social Exclusion (20 credits, compulsory)
This module provides students with knowledge of the debates about the definition, causation, incidence, and effects of child poverty and social exclusion in the UK, and supports students to analyse policy initiatives currently employed to address the problem. It will justify the explanations for, variations in, and the experience of, child poverty and the impact that it has on children’s life chances. (Essay 100%).
Employability and Practitioner Development (10 credits, compulsory)
This module synthesises skills from previous and current learning, and prepares the student for career development and postgraduate study. The module includes opportunities to enhance and consolidate the skills of critical reflection and evaluation through evidence-based approach to personal and professional development. Students will be supported to work independently towards identifying potential opportunities in the chosen job sector, and prepare a CV and related content, prior to participating in a mock interview.(Portfolio 100%)
Supporting Additional Learning Needs (20 credits, compulsory)
The Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 introduces a wider concept of Additional Learning Needs (ALN) and moves to establish a more modern approach to Special Educational Needs. Building on students’ existing knowledge of typical development in childhood, this module seeks to establish knowledge of high incidence SEN/ALN conditions and explore the legislative underpinnings of, and research evidence for, common educational interventions, provisions and support. The implications for inclusion and the role of support staff are examined and students’ understanding is evidenced by application of a support strategy to a case study. (Case study 40%, Oral presentation 40%, Reflection 20%)
- Nursery Worker
- Leadership and Management
- Family Support Worker
- Learning Mentor
- Primary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Special Educational Needs Teacher
- Social Worker
- Teaching Assistant
- Youth Worker
- Child Psychotherapist
- Children's Nurse
- Community Development Worker
- Educational Psychologist
- Speech and Language Therapist