University of dundee early years

University of dundee early years

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Childhood Practice BA (BACP) / Childhood Studies BA (BACS)

Two online courses to meet the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of childhood professionals working with young people 0-16 within all sectors of provision

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Our part-time distance learning courses allow you to gain an academic and professional qualification whilst remaining in employment. Our students continue to work with children and families across a range of settings. The focus is on applying theory to practice. You are therefore required to be in relevant employment, as elements of the course will include assessment of professional skills.

You will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to become an innovative, reflective and enquiring professional. You will improve your leadership skills and, through informed collaborative professional action, ensure better outcomes for children. You will also gain an understanding of pedagogy and leading learning. The courses are matched to meet the needs of childhood professionals nationally and internationally.

BA Childhood Practice graduates are eligible to register as a manager/lead practitioner with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). BA Childhood Studies graduates have a professional qualification endorsed by the University of Dundee.

University of dundee early years

The BA Childhood Practice and Childhood Studies will give you the opportunity to develop your professionalism and leadership skills while you continue to work with young people from 0 – 16 years. The courses include theories and principles of childhood.

As you study, you will become more confident to articulate and revisit your own values base, identifying how this may affect your professional practice and thinking. You will use workplace based activities as the foundation for academic study. The courses are designed as a framework for you to develop, challenge and reflect upon your own values, beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and skills. Through professional development, it is believed that higher quality practice will be recognised and valued.