Previous relevant qualifications, knowledge or skills can count towards your final award and by combining them with further study at the University of Chichester
, you can achieve awards at three levels: the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts.
The course offers a flexible and responsive approach to meeting the CPD requirements of employers and practitioners. It addresses current agendas for flexible, practice-focused and work-based, post-qualifying training. The course is tailored to individual interests and development needs, as well as current and future career goals. Content includes work-based projects and activities, enabling students to effect real change in their own organisation, within an academic framework.
The MA consists of three phases:
Phase 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Early Years Professional Practice
Phase 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Early Years Professional Practice
Phase 3 - MA Early Years Professional Practice
For further course information please contact Hazel Rumsey: [email protected]
At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Early Years Professional Practice courses are delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.
There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. You will also have a dedicated subject librarian who will be available to help you access all the library resources you need for your course, both on the shelves and online.
Where this can take you
As well as developing your competence and confidence as an expert practitioner, the course helps you to:
Exercise initiative and take personal responsibility
Improve decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Show originality in tackling and solving problems systematically and creatively
Develop their expertise in working effectively with others
Early Years Teacher (EYT)
Primary school teacher
Special educational needs (SEN) teacher
Child psychotherapist and counsellor
Speech and language therapist
Early Years Outreach worker
Local Authority worker
The programmes of study are delivered partly through taught sessions and partly through employer supported work-based learning.
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Early Years Professional Practice:
Leadership and Pedagogy
Legal and Policy Frameworks
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Early Years Professional Practice:
Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making
How to Conduct Research
Optional modules include:
Advanced Practice in Working with Risk
Critical Review of Practice Theory
Portfolio of Academic and Professional Learning & Development
Topic to reflect and contribute to the development of an aspect of Early Years Practice
You will be taught by a team of professionally qualified and experienced practitioners who understand the application of best practice in the workplace and combine their practical expertise with academic excellence.
Modules can be taught at the employer’s premises or at the University, whichever is more convenient
Workshops provide the opportunity to learn with, and from, others.
There is an emphasis on the in-depth examination of specialist areas of practice to help you consolidate, deepen and extend your knowledge and skills in your own specialist area of practice.
The flexible, modular structure enables the integration of study with other demands on the your professional and personal lives.
Content includes work-based projects and activities, enabling you to effect real change in your own organisation, within an academic framework.
Between workshops, students are supported by professional mentors who are available to:
Advise on choices of modules throughout the programme
Offer tutorial support
Monitor progress throughout the programme, ensuring students develop academically through the accumulation of knowledge and experience
Approve a student’s focus of study or learning strategy
Advise on how to put theory into practice and achieve individual and organisational change
Refer students to additional Student Support Services where required
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, presentations, portfolio and exam. There is also a dissertation for the Masters programme. You will be supported by a team who have a wide range of experience across the early years and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during your course.
Candidates should normally have a good honours degree in a related area. It is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard academic requirements, but may still be desirable course members with other appropriate and equivalent skills and knowledge.