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We know that making decisions about where to study can be daunting, so here's some key facts about our courses in education and childhood so you can feel reassured about your choices.
You'll be employable
100 per cent of FdA Early Years students felt they’d been well or very well prepared for employment by the University while 97.9 per cent of BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies (ECS) students were in employment or studying six months after graduating.*
*Data taken from the latest Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey which surveyed those who completed their course in 2015.
You'll get the opportunity to go abroad
As a student on a BA(Hons) course you'll have the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus exchange programme and spend a semester abroad in the Europe. You might even take a placement abroad at one of our partner schools or universities.
You'll put learning into practice
Placement plays a vital part of many of our programmes. On ECS, for example, it enables you to reflect and evaluate how child development theory is applied in practice, to develop a professional identity, to develop leadership and management skills, and reflect on play, learning and practice. Education Studies students will go on placement during their second year. ECS students may find themselves with one of our partners for placement, which include nursery schools, day-care providers, children’s centres and other organisations that promote and provide support for babies, young children and their families. There is equally-wide range for Education Studies students – from working in galleries, a range of schools, museums, social services, prisons, pupil referral units or local businesses.
You'll be able to keep your options open
Career opportunities are varied and broad. After graduating ECS students take on careers such as Children Centre Leaders, Early Years Practitioner & Parent Partnership Workers. Successful completion of the course means you also meet the criteria of Early Years Educator, the qualification needed to work with babies and young children. Due to the broad nature of the course you can choose modules to follow a pathway reflecting your potential career choices - for example family support, education and special needs - or you can keep your options open by moving between pathways.
You'll develop skills for life
Our degree helps prepare you for the real world of work but also gives life and transferable skills. 91 per cent of ECS students agreed that the course helped them to present themselves with confidence, 95 per cent of them agreed that ECS helped improve their communications skills and 91 per cent agreed that the course helped them feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems.
You’ll be supported
All tutors here take tremendous pride in supporting their students. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support and guide you. Additionally, you'll have access to a wide range of supporting services such as the Centre for Academic Success, ASK (student services) and a counselling services.
You'll be taught by experts
Our courses are led experienced, enthusiastic and research-active lecturers.