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Programme Director for Education in Context & Work Based Route Programmes

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As part of this is a work-based degree you will attend St Mary's University one day a week and be employed in work with children and young people for at least half of the week (in either a paid or voluntary capacity).

This course will be running from September 2019 and is not available for 2018 entry.

Why study Early Years Education (Work-Based Route) ?

The BA Early Years Education attracts teaching assistants and others working in the primary sectors who wish to extend their foundation degree to achieve an undergraduate degree.

The route allows you to utilise your experiences of working with both children and experienced teachers.

This is a one year enhancement degree following the Early Years Education Foundation programme.

Why St Mary's?

You will have access to our resources outside of normal teaching hours, including the Library and Learning Technology services.

Part of the degree is the support given to you to expand your IT capability. This will be based on individual needs - as far as possible - using skills workshops within the library. Additionally, the learning support team help develop your academic writing.

The School of Education, Theology and Leadership welcomes all entrants irrespective of gender, ethnicity, cultural background or faith perspective and supports achievement of the highest educational outcomes.

Teaching methods

The degree is taught using a range of teaching methods including presentations, discussions, small group work, observations and practical based activities.

Students are expected to bring their own work experiences into the discussions and to relate this to the academic theories to which they will be introduced.

A virtual learning environment will support you throughout the course with an appropriate range of resources.

Assessment methods

The range and appropriateness of the assessment modes is designed to enhance students' academic and intellectual skills as well as bringing them to a critical realisation of their capability in practice.

The types of assessment complement their work experience and demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between informed theory and practice. Assignments range from portfolios, presentations and display boards.

Key facts

  • The part-time (one day a week) delivery of the degree gives flexibility to those who are currently in employment and prefer to work rather than do a full-time three year course
  • Completion of the programme allows you to move on to a course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), providing government requirements are fulfilled
  • Each module is delivered by specialists with a background in the primary classroom
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content

Year one

  • Action Research 
  • Creativity in the EYFS 
  • Learning Outside The Classroom 
  • Professional Studies 
  • The Unique Child 
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

As well as enabling you to gain a full undergraduate degree, this programme will develop your CPD and career path within the Education Sector.

The Early Years Education one year enhancement also helps pave the way for you to apply for a PGCE, Schools Direct or Work-Based Route programme to gain qualified teacher status.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Early Years Education students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

Please note: the tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

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