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Start Dates: Sep
Attendance: Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Pen Green Research Base

About the course

The aim of the course is to prepare you to be a well-informed and confident leader of practice in your setting.

You will study two units over the academic year, one to help you develop as an Early Years researcher in an area of particular interest to you, and the other to investigate current issues and debates and consider how these impacts on your work.

In particular, you will be explore different approaches to leadership, and apply different theorisations to your experience at work.

The units inter-relate. You’re learning on one unit will feed into your learning on the other, and both will draw on and shape your own practice with young children in Early Years contexts.

You will be supported to develop a particular aspect of practice to meet one of your setting current priorities. You will develop a rationale for the choices you make with links to different theories and consider how you would present this to a range of stakeholders.


You are passionate about working with babies and young children (0-5 years) and supporting their learning and development. This employment route course prepares you to be an outstanding Early Years teacher.  You will be guided by experienced teachers and practitioners in the workplace.  You will learn about appropriate pedagogies for the Early Years, study different theoretical perspectives and deepen your own subject knowledge for teaching children from birth to five years.

On completion of this course you are likely to become a leader of Early Years practice in your school or setting.  You will have the ability to influence others in your own and wider contexts and thereby improve the quality of education and care for very young children.  You are selected onto the course because you are passionate about working with babies and very young children. The course prepares you to deepen your engagement with this valuable work and influence others to develop their practice.


Units

  • Leading High Quality Practice In The Early Years (EDC168-3) Compulsory
  • The Professional Early Years Practitioner (EDC179-3) Compulsory

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

  • English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Science GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Already working (or work found before course starts) minimum one day a week with young children (volunteer or in paid employment) within an Early Years setting

You will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a leader of Early Years practice. In addition to this, prior to entry, you should

  • Be a graduate with at least 300 credits
  • Be employed or working as a volunteer in an Early Years setting
  • Obtain DBS
  • Satisfy the university that they are suitable for teaching
  • Pass professional skills tests in English and Mathematics
  • Obtain grade C or above (or equivalent) in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science

Fees and funding

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and funding


The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.


The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student