Early Childhood and English Literature (Combined Degree) Course

University: Holy Cross College is offering a range of combined honours degree that will be delivered and validated by Liverpool Hope University.

Start Date: September 2020

Duration: Three years full time.

Attendance: Maximum two evenings per week 6-9pm, for your two combined subjects, plus independent study.

Date of delivery: To be confirmed.

Mode of application: UCAS, Institution code H51, course code 2FL7

Compulsory Events at Liverpool Hope University: All first year students are required to attend The Hope Experience, this is held at Liverpool Hope University usually in October.

Entry Criteria:
• For 2020 entry, our standard offer using the new UCAS tariff will be 96 points.
• For Access to HE applicants our standard offer is to Pass Access HE Diploma.
• An alternative entrance assessment may be possible for students who don’t 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 initial advice appointment.

Early Childhood

Our Early Childhood course supports students to understand children’s development, socially, physically and intellectually. It also focuses on the expertise of adults who work with young children and how these adults support and nurture children. Key topics that you will study include constructs of childhood; the value of play for child development; the importance of creativity for young children; ethical research involving children; international approaches to early childhood education and care; and the development of policy and legislation in relation to children in their early years. The degree is relevant to students who wish to pursue professional qualifications in the field of education (within school early years settings, as well as, other education-based settings) or as a Teacher (following a PGCE course).

English Literature

Studying English provides you with the opportunity to engage with a wide range of texts from the medieval period to the present day. Although the primary focus is on the literature of the British Isles, other literatures written in English and in translation are also included. Some of the texts you will be studying have excited the interest of generations of readers, stimulating admiration, criticism, and sometimes indignation. The English programme will enable you to analyse the way texts are constructed. We will help you to communicate your ideas more effectively, both orally and in writing, and to develop skills in research, analysis, and critique. We hope that, in the process, you will develop a life-long enthusiasm for literature, as you gain a fuller appreciation of the ways in which different critical approaches to literature enrich and deepen our understanding.

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