Overview

 

The University Centre at St Mary’s College has been offering degree courses to the local communities in East Lancashire, in partnership with Liverpool Hope University since 1999. We are part of the Network of Hope along with Holy Cross College & University Centre in Bury and Carmel College in St Helens.

The Network of Hope was established by Liverpool Hope University in order to offer Higher Education courses to communities that would otherwise not have access to such provision. The courses that are offered in the partner Colleges, all have the same characteristics as those offered at Hope, focusing on academic excellence and strongly supporting the pastoral needs and aspirations of the students.

PLEASE NOTE THAT COMBINED HONOURS DEGREES ARE SPLIT 50/50. THIS MEANS BOTH SUBJECTS WILL BE STUDIED EQUALLY. 

Early Childhood Overview

The early experience of children in today’s society is crucial to their future life experience. Early Childhood is receiving significant attention due to its importance for securing lifelong learning and development. The widening gap nationally and internationally between advantaged and disadvantaged children clearly emphasises the implications of supporting children and their families in their early years. Studying Early Childhood with Liverpool Hope allows you to explore early holistic development from a local, national and international perspective.

You will be taught by academics from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Sociology, Education, Health and Psychology. The teaching team are all actively involved in research and have published in their specialist fields.

They are all members of the thriving Liverpool Hope Childhood Research Forum and contribute to a range of research conferences both nationally and internationally. This experience provides an informed and supportive learning environment for the student characterised by depth and challenge.

Careers

Graduates of the Early Childhood degree have gone on to pursue careers as members of Local Authority multi-agency teams, leaders in Children’s Centres, Children’s Learning Officers at national museums and employees of national and international charity organisations, such as Save the Children and Barnardo’s. A significant number of graduates also enter the teaching profession (after successfully completing a PGCE) or the social work profession (subject to further qualification), whilst others have successfully achieved careers in business, management and government.

Graduates of this degree will have the knowledge and skills to move into a wide variety of roles in working with young children and their families.

For more details and information about this course access the course leaflet: 

Early Childhood Course Leaflet

Education Overview

Studying Education is a dynamic and stimulating opportunity to explore the individual, social, and political forces that shape education, no matter where it is found or how it is delivered. If you are interested in all aspects of how and why we learn, both formally and informally, in the UK or abroad, then studying Education will challenge and excite you in equal measure.

Studying Education with Liverpool Hope will help you to develop academically as you engage with evidence and research, professionally as you link theory to practice, preparing you for a wide variety of work contexts, and personally as you think more deeply about your own values and aspirations. Your studies will bring education to life, tackling important questions such as ‘Can education help overcome inequality in society?’ and ‘How does modern technology transform the learning and teaching experience?’ It is structured around the four key disciplines of education: psychology, sociology, history, and philosophy. Each discipline provides a different lens through which key ideas and issues in education can be understood.

By studying Education with Liverpool Hope University, you will become a Hope Education Professional: inspired to put educational theory in to practice, able to critically evaluate current policy, and willing to make a difference in the world. The degree is an ideal foundation for those who decide to go on to train to become a teacher, and a variety of other professions, at Liverpool Hope University or elsewhere.

Careers

Past graduates of Education have gone on to have careers as Teachers, Safeguarding Officers, Care Support Workers, and Coaches, as well as careers in the social and caring professions, journalism, administration, human resources and general management.

The creative, transferable skills that you will develop as part of the degree are ideal preparation for a wide range of careers in the education system, professional training, personal development and more.

Many graduates choose to continue their studies by doing either an MA, PGCE or PGDE postgraduate degree.

 For more details and information about this course access the course leaflet:

Education Course Leaflet

Entry Requirements

The standard offer level is 96 UCAS Tariff Points.

An alternative entrance assessment may be possible for students who do not meet standard entry criteria but who have other level 3 qualifications and/or experiential learning. This will be discussed by one of our Support Tutors at an initial advice appointment.

Mode of Devliery

This is a full time course taking three years to complete and is delivered by a combination of face-to-face sessions, online sessions, and independent study. The face-to-face sessions are normally between 6pm-9pm on no more than two evenings per week, one evening per week for each of your two subjects at St Mary’s College. Online learning will allow more flexibility of location and may allow flexibility of timing.

In addition to lectures, seminars and workshops for your subject, there are support sessions to assist with academic writing, referencing, careers preparation and library skills.

On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to study independently for 30 hours each week, 15 hours for each subject, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.

Course Costs

The tuition fees for 2019/20 are £6,165 for full-time undergraduate courses.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

On top of tuition fees, you will need approximately £100 to buy key textbooks required for your studies.

How To Apply

All interested applicants are invited in for an informal interview with one of our Higher Education Advisors, where course details, entry requirements, student support, student finance and the application process are discussed. For further information or to book an appointment please contact the University Centre at St Mary’s College on;

Tel: 01254 580464

Email: HEadmin@stmarysblackburn.ac.uk

Text: SMCHE to 88020

Or

Apply directly via UCAS: UCAS APPLY

 

 

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