• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Tutors and
    Support

Course Overview

You will acquire confidence in your professional role and meet the challenges of change and innovation in early childhood practice, lifelong learning and diversity. You will also develop an understanding of theories, concepts and debates surrounding the topics explored in the individual modules.

The programme has been designed to consolidate and extend your existing skills, knowledge and understanding from completing a foundation degree or HND. You will have an opportunity to develop your professional practice by investigation, analysis and reflection on aspects of your work with children. This programme is suited to students who are employed in the sector or in a voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days. The programme is delivered face to face at locations in Belfast and Derry. You are able to plan your study schedule around your work and family commitments.

Level
Level 6
Duration
1 year full-time
Awarding Body
University of Hull
UCAS Code
X312
Please note: our institute and UCAS codes have changed. Please see further information on our how to apply page.
Course Fees
TBC
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Units and Structure

The Modules covered are:

  • Current Issues and Contemporary Debates
  • Language, Learning and the Curriculum
  • Innovation and Change in Early Years
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Early Years Dissertation

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • Foundation Degree/HND Early Childhood Studies – 240 CATS points
  • Foundation Degree/HND in relevant area such as Education or Early Years Studies
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
  • C grade in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment may require these.
  • 3 years paid experience within the sector
  • Current employment or placement

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

You must have relevant and current practice of working with children and families and have completed your probationary period with your employer. You must also possess an approved disclosure (DBS).


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Janine Ryan

Janine Ryan

My background is firmly grounded in early years. I have worked as a setting manger in the Private Voluntary and Independent sector and supported settings to achieve best practice and develop quality provision. I have worked in Yorkshire for the past 15 years as a lecturer, I have a Masters in Early Years.

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Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Apply or Enquire

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Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below or filling in the enquiry form.

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he@don.ac.uk

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • Foundation Degree/HND Early Childhood Studies – 240 CATS points
  • Foundation Degree/HND in relevant area such as Education or Early Years Studies
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
  • C grade in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment may require these.
  • 3 years paid experience within the sector
  • Current employment or placement

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

You must have relevant and current practice of working with children and families and have completed your probationary period with your employer. You must also possess an approved disclosure (DBS).


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course full-time, you need to do so via Ucas. To apply for it part-time, you need to fill in an application form.

Ucas Code: X312

Provider Name: DN Colleges Group

Institution Code: N64

Campus Code: D

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