Early Years Education and Care at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS

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Course summary

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 (2 years) is designed for those already working in the childcare and education sector, and allows them to study flexibly around their work commitments. Lectures are delivered in evenings and occasional Saturdays in order to enable students to carry on working while completing their degree and students will develop their understanding of the practice and theory of early years education and care giving them a full and rounded understanding of the subject. The programme has been developed to provide opportunities for learning about all aspects of young children’s education and care. The programme gives opportunities to link practical activities and experiences in the work environment to theories relating to children’s education and care. 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 is an emphasis on hands-on learning in order to support understanding of the links between theory and practice within the early years.


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. 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). 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).

Assessment method

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

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Work experience

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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Early Years Education and Care at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS