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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. BA Early Years Education and Care is an innovative full time three year degree programme 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 wellbeing and holistic development. 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. Time has been included to enable you to volunteer in early years settings, should you wish, in order to develop and enhance your professional development and future employment. If you already have a early years qualification and wish to ‘top up’ to a full BA (Hons) degree direct entry into this programme is possible and can be discussed with the Admissions Tutor.


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).

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

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Years Education and Care at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS