Bachelors in Childhood Studies [Distance Learning BA]
The Distance Learning Bachelors in Childhood Studies will give teachers the opportunity to develop professionalism and leadership skills, while they continue to work with young people from the ages of 0 – 16 years.
The Distance Learning BA in Childhood Studies teachers theories and principles of childhood education. Become more confident in articulating and revisiting your own value base and individual teaching style, identifying how this may affect your professional practice and thinking.
Use workplace based activities as the foundation for academic study.
Benefits of a Bachelors in Childhood Studies
The Distance Learning Bachelors in Childhood Studies degree is designed as a framework for students to develop, challenge and reflect upon your own values, beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and education skills. As a practicing educator this can be complex and challenging.
This BA course is recognised worldwide and focuses on professional development through higher quality teaching practices.
Among the top ranked and best universities for Education, the University of Dundee’s School of Education designs all programmes to impart contemporary practices, skills and knowledge to teachers.
The graduates of this programme are widely recognised as high-quality teaching and education professionals, especially in regards to early years education. This course is designed to develop future teachers in the sectors of:
- Child Development Officer
- Nursery Manager
- Manager of Out of School Care
- College Lecturer in Early Years
- Team Leader in Early Years
- Nursery Officer
- Senior Early Years Worker
- Early Years Education Officer
- Roles in Local and National Childcare Initiatives
You need to have at least 2 years consistent work experience, working with children and young people 0-16 years in an appropriate setting. The bachelor degree course has flexible entry and exit points allowing you to enter at a level that allows you to take advantage of your prior educational qualifications such as the CACHE. You are encouraged to seek credit for prior formal learning and for experience. Recognition of experiential learning is available for up to 50% of the level to which you are applying.
- for entry to Level 1, you need 3 Highers or equivalent
- for entry to Level 2, you need the equivalent of 120 credits
- for entry to Level 3, the equivalent of 240 credits
English Language Requirement is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
To develop an understanding of how to lead learning, particularly through play, in order to meet the needs of children and young people. Students will be supported to place their learning within a connected framework which brings together theoretical perspectives underpinning practices based on child development, pedagogical strategies and organisational curricular frameworks.
Diversity and Inclusion
To enable the participants to increase their knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion, examining their own values and perspectives.
Literature Review on Transitions
To inform practice by engaging in research based enquiry supported by current literature. As childcare practitioners are professionals they are required to confidently use literature to make informed judgements.
Students will develop knowledge and understanding of pedagogical practices. They will develop awareness that pedagogical practices draw on understandings about how children learn and the way in which we construe the learner.
To enable the participants to develop their understanding of action research in order to successfully complete an action research project within their own workplace setting.
Children’s Health and Wellbeing
Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes which enable a more effective response to support children’s health and wellbeing. They will develop their ability to provide support, due to an increased understanding of the needs of families.
Personal Learning and Professional Development in Childhood Practice
To enable the participants to value and reflect on their responsibility for personal learning and professional development
Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes which enable a more effective response to children’s challenging behaviour. To provide support and increase an understanding of the needs of families.
Children and Society
To develop understanding of the child as an active participant in social relationships and learning. Evaluate the impact society and culture has on the child and on the students’ own values, attitudes and principles in practice.
Creativity and Self-Expression
To support the participants in understanding the importance of creativity and self-expression in a child’s development and learning and to create an audit of practice. Through this, participants will recognize the role of the educator in promoting and supporting creativity and self-expression.
Leading and Managing Quality Childhood Practice
Students will develop a critical understanding of the principles, theories and concepts of leadership and management practice relevant for their roles.