Childminder Assistant

Early Years Setting Staff

Parent and Family Support Worker (PFSA)

Schools Support Staff

SCIL student

Teaching Assistant



What will you study?

These are the current modules available on the degree, which may alter following course revisions.

  • Independent Study (triple module)
  • Specialism module (double module in either early years, children’s services or education)
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Applied Psychological Perspectives
  • Reflecting on Practice: Evaluation & Change

Contact time:

In a typical single module you will have 10-hours contact hours of teaching. You will be expected to complete learning activities before and between sessions.

You will have an introductory 5-hour session for the independent study and the specialism module followed by timetabled tutorials, some of which are accompanied by group seminars. The specialism module also includes online learning activities supported by an e-tutor.

Independent self-study:

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15-20 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the library resources with extensive electronic learning resources and Blackboard, the virtual learning environment.


You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you through tutorials and the independent study and Specialism modules.  You’ll attend a combination of lectures and seminars, and also learn through discussion and small group activities.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include the independent study, portfolio, essay, case study and reflective evaluation.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year are set out in the module outline, the handbook for each module.

Where can it take you?

Completion of this course can enable you to apply for postgraduate study in education or other related areas.  many graduates continue their studies an career development through postgraduate training programmes for Primary Teaching.

Booking information

Entry requirements:

120 credits at Level 4 HE
120 credits at Level 5 HE

Applicants must have current experience of working in a relevant professional setting.

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this course.

The standard tuition fee for this full-time  Degree is £9,250.00, for 2021/22. You may be able to apply for a student loan for the full cost of the course as well as a maintenance loan, which you are not required to start repaying until you earn over £25,000.00.

To apply:
Visit UCAS – www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/ucas-undergraduate-apply-and-track
UCAS course code: X370
Institution code: W80
Campus code: G

Audience information

Anyone working in a professional area such as early years, children’s services or elsewhere in the education sector, this degree will enhance your skills and expertise, furthering your professional development.


Course information

21 September, 2021 from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Dillington House, Ilminster

1 year


Sally Pemberton



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