This course can be studied in our Swansea SA1 campus or our Carmarthen campus, depending on which location the student prefers. Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status is a full time three-year degree programme which includes both lectures and practical placement experience. This Early Years Practitioner Status programme is included in the Social Care Wales’ list of required qualifications to work within the early years and childcare sector in Wales. As part of this programme students attend placement at a variety of early years settings to gather the vocational experience necessary for gaining Early Years Practitioner Status. The timetable is designed to support students to have plenty of time to complete placement experience and University based learning. Suitable placements could include maintained and non-maintained nurseries, crèche, Cylchoedd Meithrin, Foundation Phase classes in primary schools and Flying Start Centres. Students who successfully complete this programme will have a degree as well as a licence to practice within a range of early years settings. 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.
The programme is taught in an innovative block teaching method, allowing students to focus in-depth on one topic at a time. We have found that this method is successful in supporting students to gain a better understanding of the topic content. Students study six topics on each level of the programme, each based on essential knowledge and understanding of specific aspects of early years education and care. Students study 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. Leadership is also a key focus, developing early years leadership skills. Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA) • Children’s Play: Theory and Practice (20 credits; compulsory) • Human Development (20 credits; compulsory) • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Multilingualism, Multi-thinking (20 credits; compulsory) • The First 1,000 Days (20 credits; compulsory) • The Professional Practitioner (20 credits; compulsory). Year Two - Level 5 (Dip HE & BA) • Awe and Wonder - Mathematics, Science and the Outdoors (20 credits; compulsory) • Language and Literacy in the Digital Age (20 credits; compulsory) • Leadership and Teamwork in the Early Years (20 credits; compulsory) • Research for Learning (20 credits; compulsory) • Safeguarding: Practice, Legislation and the Multi-disciplinary Team (20 credits; compulsory) • Well-being, Care and Healthy Living (20 credits; compulsory). Year Three - Level 6 (BA) • Catalytic Leadership - Rights, Resilience and Social Change (20 credits; compulsory) • Early Years Curricula (20 credits; compulsory) • Inclusive Leadership: Working Together to Support Families (20 credits; compulsory) • Leadership and Management for Systems of Quality (20 credits; compulsory) • Regaining Paradise? Sustainability in the Early Years (20 credits; compulsory) • Supporting Children with Additional Learning Needs (20 credits; compulsory).
The programme is assessed by 100% course work. There are no exams. We have found that using a varied range of assessment methods increases employability skills. Employers seek graduates who are problem-solvers and who have a range of transferable employability skills Assessment gives opportunities to develop skills such as the ability to work in a team, have effective oral and written communication, while using a range of information sharing methods including briefing papers, academic posters, group debates and professional discussions. There are also opportunities for practical work experiences, supporting employability, professional development and careers. Bilingual and Welsh medium study is at the heart of our provision; you can choose to enrol on the Welsh medium or English medium programme and can present your assignments in either language.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|