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Early Years Education and Care (BA)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2021

September 2021

September 2022

September 2022

Program description

Early Years Education and Care (BA)

BA Early Years Education and Care is an innovative, full-time three-year degree program for those interested in discovering how young children develop and learn.

The course is delivered in a supportive, engaging environment and explores all aspects of children’s well-being and holistic development. Time to enable you to volunteer in early years settings has been planned into the course, in order to develop and enhance your professional development and future employment, should you wish to do so.

If you already have an early years qualification and wish to 'top up' to a full BA (Hons) degree, direct entry into this program is possible and can be discussed with the admissions tutor.

Students explore a wide variety of subjects relating to early years education and care with a focus on aspects of childhood, such as holistic development, well-being, play, literacy, safeguarding, outdoor learning and inclusion.

There are opportunities to develop knowledge of the practice and theory of early years education and care, giving students a full and rounded understanding of the subject.

As well as academic content, students will undertake learning activities that explore the practical aspects of early years provision through hands-on learning, making links between theory and practice.

Learning takes place through group discussions, workshops, study visits as well as lectures, in order to develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant topics. There are also optional residential visits to other parts of the UK and abroad.

Admission requirements

  • A typical offer for this course is 88-104 UCAS points.
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactorily enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • This degree is ideal for school-leavers studying a range of courses, including A-Level, BTEC, CACHE and Welsh Baccalaureate. These course subjects can be linked to child development and care; however, the degree is also appropriate for those with no specific childcare qualifications and who have studied subjects including language, arts, music, drama, mathematics, sciences or humanities.
  • Early Years encourages and values applications from students who are returning to education.

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Program content

Year 1:

Level 4 Modules

  • Academic study skills for students
  • Children’s play: principles and practice
  • Human development
  • Multilingualism, multi thinking
  • The professional practitioner
  • The young mathematician: exploration and problem solving

Year 2:

Level 5 Modules

  • Language and literacy in the early years
  • Learning environments: indoors and out
  • Reflections on early years provision
  • Research methods in early years education and care
  • Safeguarding in the early years
  • Well-being, care and healthy living

Year 3:

Level 6 Modules

  • Children with additional support needs: inclusion, advocacy and equity
  • Skills for life: employability and future pathways
  • Sustainability in the Early Years
  • The Foundation Phase and Early Years Curricula
  • Leadership, teamwork and systems of quality
  • Media and digital literacy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

This program is also available in Welsh.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2021/2022: £13,500

Continuing studies

Some of our graduates progress to other further studies. Some students have progressed on to our own MA programs, including our MA Early Literacy and MA Early Years Education and Care.

Career opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Additional learning needs support
  • Afterschool Leader
  • Childminder
  • Children’s charity roles (eg Barnardo’s)
  • Community Support Officer
  • Family Facilitator
  • Family Support Officer
  • Parenting Officer
  • Pastoral Support
  • Play Workers
  • Room Leaders
  • Setting Managers
  • Youth Workers

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About this institute

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

UWTSD is the oldest University in Wales and was founded in 1822. It has campuses in rural and city locations in the UK. The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well...

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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