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

Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status is a full-time three-year degree program which includes both lectures and practical placement experience. This Early Years Practitioner Status program is included in the Social Care Wales’ list of qualifications required for work within the early years and childcare sector in Wales. As part of this program, students attend a placement at a variety of early years settings to gather the vocational experience necessary for gaining Early Years Practitioner Status.

Students learn about all aspects of young children’s education and care, giving students opportunities to link practical activities and experiences to theories relating to holistic development.

Learning activities include group discussions, workshops, study visits as well as lectures in order to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant topics.

There is an emphasis on hands-on learning in order to support the understanding of the links between theory and practice within the early years.

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.

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 (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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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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