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BA (Hons) Early Childhood and Special Education (Online)

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Teaching and Education

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

Distance Learning

Course summary

If your ambition is to work with children under the age of eight with a particular focus on additional needs, this fascinating combined course is ideal for you.

Through your UEL tutors as well as your fellow students who may be taking the course online in countries as far afield as China, New Zealand or Saudi Arabia, you’ll gain practical knowledge and understanding which will allow you to access a range of careers.

You’ll learn about the development, needs and experiences of young children, including those with special educational needs. 

You’ll investigate the circumstances and procedures through which children are defined, diagnosed and labelled as having special education needs.

We’ll help you to consider how to remove the barriers that prevent children from participating fully with their peers in their early years.

And you’ll be able to do it all online which makes it easy to fit around parenting or work. You’ll study using the virtual learning environment Moodle, which includes chatrooms, reading materials, lecture clips and assignments.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

N/A

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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Overall satisfaction

Our overall student satisfaction score (NSS, 2018). 

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Academic support

Our academic support and staff have been rated at over 95% in the NSS for 2018. 

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Employment

The latest results from DLHE 2016/2017 shows that 100% of our students on this programme went in employment or further education. 

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Eleanor Varnavides

Early Childhood and Special Needs, BA (Hons), undergraduate

I chose this course after researching it extensively. It’s the perfect course for what I want to do. The lectures are fun and very focused on the subject. The lecturers are fantastic.

 

While I’m studying I’m also working as a social care worker for children and adults that have severe autistic behavior. One day I’d like to start a charity for autistic children.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include two passes at A2 Level in Social Sciences or Humanities-related subjects
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
CACHE
Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) / Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course with relevant Work Experience 

 

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

Our Early Childhood and Special Education course prepares you to be a thoughtful and flexible early-years practitioner, with particular skills in looking after children with additional needs.

Across both subjects, you’ll examine the complexities of family life and the elements that shape children’s development from conception onwards. 

You’ll explore the significance of early childhood across different cultures and societies – and your studies will be given greater resonance by the diversity, not only of our teaching staff, but also of your fellow students on the course. 

Our course will take you on a journey of discovery through the complex area of special educational needs and disabilities.  

You’ll learn about every aspect of the subject, including autism, speech, language and communication, challenging behaviour, disabilities and dyslexia. 

As well as these issues, we’ll also tackle attempts to improve Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision in depth, such as taking therapeutic approaches to education.

What you'll study and when

Pedagogy: Supporting Development in the Early Years (core)
Perspectives of Early Childhood Development (core)
Children in their Social Contexts (core)
Children with Additional Needs and Children’s Health (core)

Issues and Controversies in Early Childhood Development (core)
Advocating for Children and Families (core)
Social Policy for Children and Families (core)
Professionalism and Inclusion (core)

Online modules

Issues and Controversies in Early Childhood Development (core)
Advocating for Children and Families (core)
Social Policy for Children and Families (core)
Professionalism and Inclusion (core)

Early Childhood Research Dissertation (core)
Leading and Managing Partnerships in the Early Years (core)
Inclusion and Diversity in the Early Years (core)
Children, Culture and Globalisation (optional)
Assessment and Subject Knowledge in Early Childhood Education and Care (optional)

Online Modules

Early Childhood Research Dissertation (core) 
Leading and Managing Partnerships in the Early Years (core) 
Inclusion and Diversity in the Early Years (core) 
Children, Culture and Globalisation (core) 

How you'll be assessed

We assess each modules individually using the methods we think are most appropriate to demonstrate evidence of learning.

We assess some modules by coursework only and others by a combination of exams (either seen or unseen) and coursework. Coursework can take the form of essays, reports, class presentations, learning journals and book reviews.

We’ll give you regular assessment tasks to enable you to monitor your own understanding and engagement before the final assessment activity.

Course specification Online Learning

How you'll learn

Distance learning on this course is supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle.

You’ll be given a full introduction to the use, nuances and scope of the VLE. This will help you to feel comfortable and confident with your online classroom, while your module leader/tutor will contact you at the beginning of each module to provide basic information and check for questions.

Each module has a site in Moodle structured around a sequence of weekly topics. These topics contain a lecture – typically, a series of slides and accompanied audio recordings or interactive on-line material – supported by guidance on key learning outcomes, self-assessment questions and links to core and additional readings.

You’ll be expected to take responsibility for the way you learn as you will need to motivate yourself throughout the course. You’ll undertake independent learning and research, including individual reading, preparation of assignments and completion of assessed course work.

We also encourage you to help others to learn via Moodle and the online discussion forums which form an important interactive element of the course.

During your studies, you’ll be supported by our team of module leaders and tutors who will offer academic support, guidance and encouragement. You may not be physically present on campus, but we’ll treat you as if you were.

Your future career

Early Childhood and Special Education provides a great foundation for you to work with children with additional needs in a range of roles.

If you’d like to work as a SENCO (a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) after qualifying as a teacher, this degree is an excellent first step. It allows to you qualify as a primary school teacher by gaining entry to a PGCE. You may want to take your teaching into alternative settings – for example, as an education officer in a museum or a prison.

You could also work in portage – helping children with additional needs who are being educated at home – or as a learning support assistant in the classroom.

You could train as a social worker or a speech and language therapist. Or maybe you’ll want to use your degree to educate families as well as children. This course could lead you into a career as a community education officer or a community development worker.

Your degree will equip you for a wide range of other roles working with children under five. Our graduates have landed jobs in local government, the NHS, charities and housing associations and day nurseries.

Or you might decide to go on to postgraduate study at UEL – for example, on our Special Educational Needs or our Special and Additional Learning Needs master’s courses.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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