Take a fresh look at childhood. Exploring the theory and reality of children’s early years from many points of view, this innovative course will help you find your niche in this competitive sector. Investigate issues through the lenses of sociology, social psychology, history, and philosophy. Work directly with young children and their families on placements at home or abroad for up to a year. Graduate with a clear view of where your career is going. Additional Information about this Course: * 90 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 97 per cent of students were in work/study six months after graduating. * Develop your relational skills in a programme built around a core of care, which extends from ethics of work with children to reflecting on how students can support each other. * Explore the relationships between play and learning in your own studies as well as in child development * Expand your options beyond traditional teaching and open up further career opportunities in education, social care, community work, psychology, management and research. * See for yourself how theories and policies are applied in practice by visiting a wide range of mainstream and specialist early years settings. * Learn on the job with work-based modules to help you gain the practical skills employers are looking for. Choose to gain a whole 12-months of hands-on experience with an optional placement year. * Take a broader view of children’s development by studying the subject in practical, historical and international contexts. * Develop essential skills through a variety of coursework-based assessments – from essays, surveys and child observations to group presentations and video commentaries. * Learn from experienced lecturers and tutors who are actively engaged in national and international research projects. * Make the most of the opportunities presented by being part of a department that has strong links with universities in Europe, Canada, Africa and the USA and through the International Students’ Exchange Programme.