BA (Hons) Childrens and Young People’s Education and Development (Level 6 Top up) part time University of Chester

University of Chester

An award of University of Chester

The level 6 top-up course is a part time study programme, delivered on one evening per week over two years. There is an expectation that students will engage in self-directed independent learning to support achievement. Students will need to be employed or working as a volunteer over two days within a relevant educational setting. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual and accommodate different learning styles for example, case studies, assessments, group work, practical work, projects, extended writing and interactive activities.

Throughout the course you will study 5 modules in total. These include:

Political Ideologies in Education

This engaging module will allow students to debate and discuss political ideologies and their importance in the development of education policy. It will explore how these policies were created with particular analysis of Callaghan’s 1976 Ruskin speech through to the Conservative administrations of the 1980s and 1990s, and the Labour administration of the 1997-2010, to the present administration. It will allow students to carry out a comparative analysis of the education policy and practice from the local, national, and global perspective.

International Perspectives of Children and Young People’s Education

International perspectives of children and young people’s education is an interesting and exciting module that provides opportunities to students to gain an insight into children’s educational provision in different countries in the United Kingdom and other developed countries around the world. The influence of diverse philosophies and principles of children and young people’s education and its relevance to an individual practitioner will be debated. Research and reports from key global organisations such as UNESCO, OECD as well as the data and research available for countries will be used to compare the educational provision. Teaching will include a wide range of interesting ways to scrutinise relevant literature relating to national/international contexts of children and young people’s educational provision.

Principles, Pedagogy and Discourse in Children and Young People's Education

This module will focus upon how a principled approach can be taken to children and young people’s educational practice and how this relates to the development of a pedagogical stance. This includes thinking philosophically and analysing the discourse used in exploring the principles that underpin current Curricular Frameworks and policy.

Effective provision for children and young people’s learning and development in England will be examined in relation to the work of pioneers in educational theory and their principles that underpinned their approach to working with children and young people. The context of the pedagogue and pedagogy in educational Key Stages will also be considered as well as thinking about contemporary approaches to learning and development.

Planning, Delivering and Assessing Learning

This exciting module will support students how to write and deliver learning aims and objectives for taught classroom sessions. It will explore working with learners as individuals, planning, and delivering a micro-teaching session. Reflection and evaluation of classroom delivery are an important part of teaching practice and this module will develop students understanding of these key principles through peer observations and self-reflection.

Action Research in Educational Practice

Completion of this module supports students to develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of action research and students will carry out action research in an area of their own professional practice. Developing these skills will enable students to lead future practitioner research projects in their own subject specialism and demonstrate to employers the commitment to continual improvement of their practice.
If you are interested in making a difference to children and young people’s educational development then this is the course for you. You could be working with young children from birth to five years in early years, within a primary school or secondary school or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision.

This academic qualification will give you the knowledge and skills to move forward towards your goal with opportunities to link theory & practice and to share good practice with practitioners working in a range of settings.
●  Level 5 Fda in Early years/TA or equivalent qualification.

●  IELTS – 6, with no score lower than 5.5

●  GCSE- at grade C/4, including maths and English (science at grade 4/C if wishing to teach at primary school level (following completion of a PGCE qualification).

●  The course is suitable for practitioners currently employed in a relevant setting. Consideration will also be given to volunteers currently working at least two days in a relevant setting.

●  All candidates will complete the interview process which includes attendance at a course information session, where they will be asked to complete a short writing task, followed by a one to one interview.
●  You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including discussions, case studies, presentations, extended written work and practical assessments in the setting.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:

●  Employment within the Early Years /Teaching Assistant roles

●  Progress into teaching through completion of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Early Years Qualified Teacher Status (EYQTS)

●  Further study at Masters Level
£4,065 (Fee is per year)
Financial support could be available through Student Finance England.
Course Code:
Teacher Education & Teaching Assistants
Beaufort Road
2 Years
(Wed 5:00pm-9:00pm) (tbc)

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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