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Leadership and Practice in Early Childhood

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course HH14 or HH15 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Leadership and Practice in Early Childhood
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH14 or HH15
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades at CCC or above.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Gain the skills and understanding you need to effectively lead and manage an early years setting.

  • Deepen your understanding of early childhood, including babies, young children, and families.
  • Develop education and leadership skills grounded in ethical and critically reflective practice.
  • Learn to navigate the changing landscape of leadership and management in early childhood.

During this early childhood and leadership degree, you'll extend the depth and breadth of your knowledge of babies, young children, and families, to develop your understanding of early childhood provision in local and international contexts.

Modules with a leadership focus will equip you with theory and understanding of the changing early years business and management environment, to enable you to navigate, adapt, and innovate within early childhood contexts such as nursery schools, pre-schools, and kindergartens.

You'll develop skills in ethical practice and critical reflection, and investigate issues of sustainability, to evaluate and challenge the effects of business and management practices before making judgements that consider values and implications for practice.

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What you'll learn

Overview

Our aim is for you to graduate as a reflective and ethical leader, who evaluates and challenges both the positive and negative effects of business and management practices in early childhood settings.

You'll gain depth and breadth of knowledge about babies, young children, and childhood, that will enable you to develop an understanding of early childhood provision in both local and international contexts. 

Leadership and business modules will equip you with the necessary in-depth theory and understanding of the changing business and management environment, to enable you to innovate and solve problems in early childhood settings.

Modules with a focus on childhood will enable you to explore theory, research, and practice in the field of early childhood education and care, to prepare you for independent research study in your final year.

Throughout the course, teaching and assessments will link back to professional practice within an early childhood context. You'll learn to think critically, to build reciprocal relationships with children, and to liaise with parents and network with other education professionals.

Course structure

Year one
We’ll introduce you to studies in early childhood and explore issues related to children’s voice, rights, and participation. You’ll also examine early childhood pedagogy and practice, images of childhood, and what it means to be a reflective practitioner and leader. Alongside this, you’ll gain understanding of early education within a business and management environment, and the relevance of economics and globalisation to early childhood.

Year two
You’ll gain depth in understanding of issues such as social justice and ethics in early childhood, and increase your knowledge of theoretical perspectives on the care, development and learning of babies and young children. You’ll focus on the inner workings of businesses and develop your skills as a creative and innovative leader within changing environments and policy agendas. You also have the option of undertaking a placement in an early childhood setting.

Year three
You’ll take an in-depth look at models of leadership and teamwork in early childhood settings, and consider issues around sustainability. You’ll also develop critical knowledge and understanding of babies, young children’s and families in relation to play and playfulness, and gain insight into international and global perspectives on childhood.

During your third year, you’ll undertake a research project related to leadership in practice, and there is the option to take part in our popular field trip to Denmark.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment could include presentations, work related projects, group-work, computer based simulations, podcasts, essays, videos, and reports.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. There is also a good blend of online activities using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva.

Your tutors are experienced and respected University academics, and you'll also benefit from visiting speakers, including setting leaders, specialist researchers, and international visitors.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

BA (Hons) Leadership and Practice in Early Childhood is available as part of a four-year course, with integrated placement year. Placements will largely be undertaken in private and independent early childhood settings.

Careers

Leadership and management roles in early childhood settings could include Room Leader or Setting Manager. You'll also be equipped for national and international leadership and child, family, and community advocacy roles.

You could work towards a self-employed status for consultancy, community support, or to offer professional development to other early childhood practitioners.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught on Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including:

Resources

Our libraries offer a range of specialist Education resources. You'll also have access to thousands of business, technology, and creative courses via Lynda.com. This online material can be accessed on and off campus.

You can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from cameras to laptops.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for critical and compassionate students who are committed to working with and supporting the lives of babies, young children and their families.

An interest in creativity and innovation in leadership and practice would be an advantage, as would experience within early childhood settings.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level - grades CCC accepted
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of an interest in Education.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Applications for this course will open in September 2019. 

Please contact our admissions team for more information on applying for this course: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Rebecca Digby
Email: r.digby@bathspa.ac.uk

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