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Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status (2 Years) (BA)

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

August 2021

August 2021

August 2022

Program description

Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status (2 Years) (BA)

Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status (2 Years) is designed for students already working in the childcare and education sector, and allows them to study flexibly around their work commitments.

It is an innovative, condensed full-time, two-year degree program which is included in the Social Care Wales’ list of required qualifications to work within the early years and childcare sector in Wales.

Students who successfully complete this program will graduate with a degree, as well as a licence to practice within a range of early years settings. Lectures are delivered one evening a week and on occasional Saturdays in order to enable students to carry on working while completing their degree.

The program has been developed to provide opportunities to learn about all aspects of young children’s education and care.

Students benefit from linking practical activities and experiences in the work environment to theories relating to children’s education and care.

Learning takes place through group discussions, workshops andstudy visits, as well as lectures, to develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant topics.

There is an emphasis on hands-on learning in order to support understanding of the links between theory and practice within the early years. There are also optional residential visits to other parts of the UK and abroad.

Guest speakers provide opportunities to hear from sector-leading experts and keep students up to date with current policy and developments within the early years’ sector.

Admission requirements

  • Early Years encourages and values applications from students who are returning to education as they will have experiences and life skills that could support their entry onto the degree.
  • Generally, students will have attained, or will be working towards, a relevant level 3 childcare/education qualification, such as NNEB, CACHE, BTEC, NVQ, A-levels. However, other experience is also valuable. Students will also be working, or volunteering, regularly in an early years setting, or a workplace that provides services for young children and families.
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Program content

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

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

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 (e.g. 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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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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Contact info

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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