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.
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.
Special Educational Needs Overview
Studying Special Educational Needs (SEN) with Liverpool Hope University will enable you to understand the relationship between disability and education and provide you with the knowledge and confidence to educate others about the nature of disability. SEN incorporates insights from disability studies and education, as well as drawing on work in the arts, humanities and health care, to ensure you gain a broad and balanced understanding of education in a wide range of contexts.
A central aspect of the course is an understanding of medical and social constructions of Special Educational Needs and Disability, the legal requirements regarding provision for SEN/Disability and a critical understanding of past and contemporary practices. By completing your studies in SEN, you will have gained a knowledge and understanding of the global perspectives on special education and disability and issues relating to children and families, as well as having the ability to critically engage with professional expertise.
SEN with Liverpool Hope University is an interdisciplinary subject underpinned by the work of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS). You will become a professional who is knowledgeable and skilled in this field. You will enter your professional life recognising the importance of compassion and understanding in your work with, and on behalf of disabled people and those identified as having a special educational need.
Graduates of this degree have the opportunity to pursue a range of professional qualifications in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings. Many students choose to progress to a PGCE course at Liverpool Hope University to train as a teacher, or continue their studies through a number of Masters available at the University, including an MA Disability Studies.
The degree can also lead to work as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), an Inclusion Support Co-ordinator, Behaviour Support Worker or Learning Mentor. In addition, this course offers opportunities for employment in areas such as disability inclusion and as a disability support worker.
Study in Special Educational Needs is also highly relevant to those who wish to work in community or charitable organisations.
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 Delivery
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.
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.
As well as the cost of your tuition fees, you will need to consider the cost of your core textbooks which we estimate to be around £100.
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
Text: SMCHE to 88020
Apply directly via UCAS: UCAS APPLY