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Children and Early Childhood University Certificate in Advanced Professional Development

This module develops the relationship between professional development and academic reflection in Early Years by focusing on professional practice. The module encourages learners to develop their skills as reflective practitioners. The concept of 'reflective practitioner' is an important module theme. The module is assessed by completing a Professional Development Portfolio of 5,600 words.


Course overview

The programme gives you the opportunity to study theory and practice relevant to current early years provision. You will be able to develop the core skills, knowledge and competencies required to work effectively within the children’s workforce.

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Course details

What you study

The subjects covered in the module include:
• Introduction to the PDP Module and KTS1.
• The other PDP competencies will be built into the taught content of the programme where applicable. The main indicative content that relates to the taught modules is 'sign-posted' as follows:
• Enhancing Learning in Early Years: KU1; CIS1; CIS2;
• Action Research for Early Years: KU2; CIS1; CIS3; KTS5;
• Safeguarding Children's Rights: KU3; PPS3; PPS4; PPS5;
• The other competency statements will be completed with the student's mentor and academic tutor through the course of the study.

How you learn

The PDP competencies will be linked to the formal teaching on the programme. Research-based findings on 'action research' will be used within the learning strategy to encourage 'evidence-based practice'. Students will access self-study resource materials- media and Internet usage. Students will receive written and oral feedback to enable the improvement of future work.

Blended learning students will be taught via lectures and workshops during the residential days, with additional online learning via the virtual learning environment (BlackBoard). Telephone tutorial support will be available throughout your studies. In addition, time is set aside during the residential day for face to face tutorials.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are that you will have level 4 qualification in an early years related subject and that you have considerable current relevant experience of working with children in the early years.
Applicants who do not have the standard entry requirements identified above will be considered on individual application.
In addition to the above, students will need to have the support from their workplace manager.



Career opportunities

Students successfully completing the Bridging Module can progress onto the BA (Hons) Young Children and Early Childhood (Top up) degree. The degree can be study either part-time or via blended learning.



2023/24 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 3 days
  • Start date: September

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