MCAST Higher Diploma in Advanced Studies in the Early Years

MCAST Higher Diploma in Advanced Studies in the Early Years

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MCAST Higher Diploma in Advanced Studies in the Early Years
Course CodeCS5-01-15
MQF LevelLevel 5
Duration2 years full-time
Awarding BodyMCAST
Fees
Entry RequirementsMCAST-BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and SEC/O-Level passes in Mathematics, English and Maltese

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MCAST-BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development and SEC/O-Level passes in Mathematics, English and Maltese

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2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes

Compulsory A-level or I-level: 2 subjects from Mathematics, English,Maltese.

Applicants need to be in possession of a pass at SEC/O-Level in the subject that is not presented at A-level or I-level.

Other Entry RequirementsStudents must possess a clean Police conduct certificate.
Course DescriptionThis course has been designed to equip students with innovative underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment within the early years sector.

The programme provides the required experiences to link theory to practicein order to develop skills and competences as well as personal qualities and attitudes which are essential for an Early Years’ professional. Along the course students will engage in pedagogical critical discussions and field internships which will help them acquire the required leadership skills to provide young children with the appropriate opportunities in their development.

Study/Course Delivery
AssessmentThe course will be assessed as follows:

The course is mainly assessed by assignments, practicals and work placements.

Programme Learning Outcomes1. Conduct research in the Early Years sector

2. Maintain health and safety standards in child care and kindergarten settings

3. Enhance managerial and pedagogical competences

4. Provide an adequate educational environment for young learners.

 

Core Study UnitsCore Units:
  • Continuing Development
  • Communicating, Values and Leadership in an Early Years Environment
  • Theories of Development Birth to Three
  • Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning

Theories of Development:

  • Three Plus
  • Early Years Research and Project
  • Understanding Children’s Behaviour
  • Child Protection
  • Professional Practice
Specialist Units
  • Contemporary Issues in Child’s Health
  • Promoting Language Development
  • Promoting Numeracy Skills
  • Promoting Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Working with Families
  • Developing Play in the Early Years
  • Pedagogic Issues for the Early Years
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After CompletionAfter successful completion of the first 120 ECVETS that relates to the first two years of the programme, the students would be awarded a Higher Diploma in Advanced Studies in the Early Years and would have the possibility to progress to the University of Malta in the 3rd Year of Early Childhood Education and Care degree,  to teach in the Early Years Sector.
Career OpportunitiesChildcare coordinator and early years educator

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