BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, Care & Education (Level 6)
(UCAS code 62X9)

Course Overview:

This course will support the continued development of personal attributes and qualities alongside the specialist knowledge and skills required to gain a senior role; enhancing practice within the wider childhood, education and care sector.

Level 6 focuses on advanced critical thinking, developing higher level skills in research and analysis. Reflective thinking will be an essential element of level 6 with students exploring personal understanding of experiences, actions and processes and the impact on themselves, others and the wider sector.

The course operates on a modular basis; the four modules are each 30 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students require 120 credits to achieve the level 6.

The full-time and part-time courses have one start point in September.

Entry Requirements:

Entry requirements 2017-18: • Our typical offer is 240 CAT points at level 5
• GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 and above

• GCSE Science if you intend a teaching career

• UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers are accepted

• UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
Additional requirements: • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service report

• You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years, achievement of a full level 5 qualification and two years experience working within the sector.

• A face-to-face interview will be required before an offer is made.

Module Information

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

You must take four modules each worth 30 credits a total of 120 credits for the level 6.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. 

The modules on the course are as follows:

Full-time students
Semester 1
Social and Cultural Concepts of Childhood Credits 30
Semester 1
Leadership and Change Management Credits 30
Semester 1  
Qualitative Research Project Credits 30
Semester 2
Qualitative Research Project Credits 30
Semester 2
Working in the Wider Community Credits 30

Duration:

1 Year(Full-time), 2 Years (Part-time)

Mode of Study:

Full-time & Part-time

Assessment:

There will be opportunities given to receive formative feedback on assessments prior to the formal hand in within tutorial 1:1s. Within the research project there is the opportunity to submit each chapter for formative feedback; this is subject to the careful management of time and submission.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments; reports, essays, presentations and a research project. The grades from formal assessments counts towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

Feedback:

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Teaching and Learning

You are taught through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, visiting speakers and more practical activities.  In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

The modules will be taught on one day or two evenings a week full time and a half day or one evening part time.

Independent Learning

You will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.  Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing assignments and presentations.  Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the learning resource centre.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will consist of the timetabled class contact hours, as well as around 15 hours independent learning per week, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.  While your actual contact hours may depend on the modules, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Level 6: 

Teaching, learning and assessment        72 hours per module (X4)
Independent learning                                       228 hours per module (X4)

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)
Our Disability Advice and Support Service helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Students must independently apply for this support.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team lecturers both have industry experience alongside guest speakers providing an added layer of expertise.

Course Fee (2017/18):

£6,000 per year (Full-time); £3,000 per year (Part-Time) Please see Fees & Funding for further information relating to fees.

Awarding Body:

University of Gloucestershire

How do I apply:

To study full-time, please apply through UCAS (Institute name: YEOV, Institute code: Y25, Course code : 62X9). For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk