Early Years Education (Work-Based)

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How to Apply

Become a reflective practitioner, enabling career progression within the early years sector.

  • Apply theory to work-based practice
  • Develop management and problem-solving skills vital for career progression
  • Visit relevant early years settings

"The course design and set-up is excellent. It provides practical insights that bring modules to life and enables you to experience many approaches to early learning. It’s great being able to study alongside other practitioners."
– Lauren, Early Years Education graduate

Why study Early Years Education (Work-Based)?

This Early Years Education course has a strong work-based learning ethos; you’ll apply taught content to your work setting. When you graduate you’ll be well placed to progress in a career in the early years sector. Our graduates have secured senior positions in their settings, postgraduate teaching qualifications, and employment in the wider sector including child protection and social work.

Course structure

You’ll study how young children engage in learning, observe children in their learning environment, and develop effective strategies to promote their literacy and numeracy. We’ll help you enhance your management, decision-making, research and project management skills, so that you to effect change in your workplace.

You’ll investigate how the early years curriculum is approached internationally, with the potential to undertake visits to settings in several European countries. Contextual understanding is also developed through the scrutiny of political influences on early childhood policy and practice, including issues of citizenship and democracy in early education.

Course assessment

This course is assessed through research critiques, project reports, presentations, and an extended reflective portfolio.

Field trips

From Wales to Denmark, you’ll have opportunities to participate in field trips to relevant settings across the Early Years Education modules. Please note that you will have to pay for these optional study visits.

Teaching methods

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and work-based learning.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

Darran George at Weston College:

Telephone: (01934) 411512.

Victoria Trachy at Bath Spa University:

Telephone: (01225) 876179.

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University accredited Foundation Degree in Early Years or equivalent qualification and will normally have achieved a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year two of your Foundation degree or equivalent qualification.

If you do not have formal qualifications, previous experience may be taken into account. Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.

It is a condition of entry that you will have secured a suitable work-based learning setting by the time of admission.

Please be aware that you will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure check prior to undertaking school placements.

Career opportunities

For the BA (Hons) Early Years Education (Work-based) programme potential career pathways are as follows:

  • teacher training*
  • social work training
  • management role in Early Years centres
  • work in child protection
  • work in local Sure Start projects
  • work in integrated centres
  • community liaison work

*If you wish to become a teacher you can apply for the PGCE teacher training course at Bath Spa University when you have completed the honours degree.

* Students wishing to undertake a PGCE in Primary or Middle Years at Bath Spa University will need five GCSEs passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English, Maths and a Science subject.

What students say...

"I thoroughly enjoyed this module and the information I have learnt has stuck with me and I have been able to apply it to other situations.  I thought the teaching was excellent, using a variety of methods and continually reinforcing what has already been learnt."

"I thought this module really helped in understanding the process of children's learning.  The enthusiasm of the lecturer was infectious and I found it really enjoyable."