Early Childhood Education and Care Postgraduate Certificate

Taught Higher Degree, Part-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Years
  • Part Time
early years

Overview

Overview

Newman University has developed a suite of modules aimed specifically at Early Years practitioners and Early Years professionals who are working in or have access to early years settings.

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills of early years practice by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to early years provision.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care will enable you to continue onto a full MA via undertaking a further 30 credit module of your choice (from the MA Education module choices) and the compulsory Research Methods module, followed by the final dissertation.

Attendance

You will study the course part-time over 12 months which will provide you with the flexibility to combine employment (if relevant) and placements (if relevant) with study. Taught sessions will be based at Newman. The PG cert comprises of 2 modules with one module being  taught each semester on one evening per week with approximately 10 sessions per module.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessments in the form of reflective accounts, presentations and essays related to practice in the field of early years.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Honours degree.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the entry requirement.

Applicants will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to starting this course.  For more information on your DBS application please click here. A Disclosure by Association (DBA) clearance is required, also.

Contact details

Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386) Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

ContactCherilyn Ward (Faculty of Education Administrator) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2408) Email:info.maeducation@newman.ac.uk

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Course Fees

2017-18 Course Fee Home/EU Students: £1,600*

Partner schools, colleges, institutions, Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership members, Titan Partnership members are currently eligible for a 10% discount. Alumni are also entitled to a 10% discount.

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance information.

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme. The cost of the DBS is currently £50 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year. For more information on your DBS application please click here.

Modules

As a postgraduate student, you will study a total of 60 credits. All modules are listed below.
  1. THE DEVELOPING CHILD (BIRTH TO FIVE)
    (Compulsory) ecm723
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to allow students to focus on the child development subject area in greater depth than they encountered in their previous courses or experiences. It will enable students to become more specialised in child development such as within the 0 -5 age range and allow them to apply their knowledge in practice. This module will allow students to advance their skills in observation and assessment of child development, supporting their planning of children’s next steps. Students will undertake observations within a setting, and this will be negotiated with the student, tutor and setting. The concept of ethics, consent, and continual assent will be focussed on within the module and the University Ethics approval process will be adhered to in order to prepare students for undertaking observations in practice. Students will be encouraged to use the Statutory Framework (EYFS) in a critical way.  Although the module will cover areas of development such as Language, Cognition, Physical and Personal, Social and Emotional, and attachment, a holistic approach will be prominent throughout. The importance of safeguarding, particularly around safeguarding babies and young children will also be included within the module. Theories and current research around child development will be critically explored and applied to practical situations.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 24.00 Independent : 261.00 Placement : 15.00 Total :  300.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Enable students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of child development

    • Enable students to demonstrate a critical working knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches in observation and assessment of child development

    • Enable students to explore implications of issues relating to child development and have a high-level ability to reason, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about these in relation to child development

    • Enable students to critically reflect, analyse and constructively critique theory, practice and research around child development.

    • Enable students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the importance of and processes around safeguarding babies and young children.

       

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of observation, assessment and planning to address complex issues of early development and learning to promote good progress

       

    • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current research to inform their reflections on practice

       

    • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of child development theories and research informed through academic study and professional practice

     

    • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Critical analysis of observations of the developing child (4000 Words)

  2. EFFECTIVE EARLY YEARS PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE
    (Compulsory) ecm724
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of children’s learning and development in relation to the role of the pedagogue. It will facilitate a critical awareness and understanding of what promotes effective practice and pedagogy in early childhood as well as the role of leadership in developing practice. This module will also include reference to theory and practice with specific emphasis on aspects of child development including; early reading and phonics, and early mathematical development. Personal reflection on the experiences of co- constructed learning and practice will be an integral part of this module. 

     

    There will be opportunities to examine current thinking and research in early childhood, encouraging students to analyse and critically evaluate links between personal principles, early childhood theory, observed evidence and their developing practice.  Students will embark on a process of critical analysis and evaluation to enhance the quality of provision for young children and their families.

     

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : Independent : Placement : Total :  0.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop an in-depth and critical working knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches for working with young children and families.

    • Develop a critical understanding of the role of leadership in the development of pedagogy within early childhood contexts.

    • Develop a critical understanding of children’s learning and development in relation to early reading, early maths and the role of the pedagogue.

    • Enable students to have a high-level ability to reason clearly, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about arguments relating to pedagogy.

    • Enable students to have a high-level ability to analyse and constructively critique theories, policies and research in the area of children’s learning and development

    • Enable students to have a high-level knowledge and awareness of the skills needed for different relational pedagogical approaches.

    • Embed personal reflection as an integral part of their learning and professional role.

       

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate an in-depth, systematic knowledge and critical understanding of pedagogical approaches relating to early years practice

    • Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the importance of play based and developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood to support early reading and early maths.

    • Evaluate critically current research and theory around the role of the pedagogue and pedagogical practices

       

    • Demonstrate a high level ability to reason clearly, understand and make critical judgements about pedagogical approaches to early years practice

       

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Patchwork assessment (4000 words)