Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practitioner Status with a Foundation Year

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Course summary

Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practitioner Status (EYPS) offers a holistic approach to understanding children from birth to eight years. It marks the importance of early childhood as a significant period in life which is the basis for a life-long-learning, where children are viewed as capable and competent members of society. The foundation year gives you an exciting introduction to higher education, exploring the humanities and social sciences before progressing to the full degree programme. It is ideal if you need a little more support after further education or if you are returning to education after a gap. Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula. You will learn how to support children and recognise them as being at the centre of families, communities and the wider socio-economic world. You will study diversity, the uniqueness of each child and how Early Childhood professionals can support children in difficult situations such as those suffering from trauma and in social crisis. Early Childhood Studies currently has an increasingly significant high profile internationally at government level and within international organisations, where children’s rights, health, well-being and social problems have attracted much attention due to recent global movements and the refugee crisis. The course aims to provide specific education and training for those wanting to work with infants, toddlers and young children in a professional capacity. During your foundation year, you will explore what it means to be human – studying a range of humanities and social science topics to introduce you to university-level study. You will start the degree course in your second year. Early Childhood Studies with EYPS with a foundation year at Swansea is a flexible degree offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow you to tailor your future career goals while developing your individual interests. You will learn about the best ways to support children and families and community connections. You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, businesses and charities to enhance your student experience and your career prospects. You will learn from innovative experts who have strong national and international links and will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of global summer programmes including two-week study and cultural tours to China, Vietnam and Thailand. Our Early Childhood graduates enter careers including: Early Years Teaching Family and Community Support Workers Teaching Assistants Postgraduate study You will need an additional study for some careers, such as Initial Teacher Education (ITE) or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification to become a teacher. Please Note - You will also need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or approved equivalent when you progress to your second year.


In your foundation year, you will explore what it means to be human – studying a range of humanities and social science topics to prepare you for the degree itself and you will complete a final year project supervised by an expert in the field of education. Themes include: • How Humanities and Social Sciences provides an understanding of what it is to be human • Psychology • Sociology • Media • English • History • Politics • Academic and study development • Personal and communication development • Values and Citizenship • Research In the following three years, you will study areas that include contemporary education; the origin and theory of educational research and education in other countries; child development; protecting and promoting wellbeing in education; educational neuroscience and difference and diversity in education. You will complete an independent research-based dissertation in the final year, developing the knowledge and skills to become a research-effective educationalist

Assessment method

In the first year of study, you will be taught through lectures and tutorials. Assessment will be coursework, essay and examination. In the second year, you will learn through seminars and group-work. Assessment will be varied including coursework, essays, group presentations and examination. In the final year, you will undertake independent study through research methods, a dissertation or practice portfolio and also be taught through seminars and group-work. Assessment includes independent research dissertation, independent presentation, coursework and examination. Our learning and teaching enhances your key skills that employers look for in graduates as follows: • Self-Management (attending classes, meeting deadlines, preparing for seminars, dissertation) • Teamworking (group presentations, group seminars, study trips and projects) • Customer awareness (study abroad, internships, work placements, student experience) • Problem solving (essay writing, research, examinations) • Communication and literacy (essays, examinations, presentations, project work, dissertation) • Numeracy skills (data analysis, statistics, graphs, datasets) • Information technology (Blackboard, essays, examinations, presentations, social media) • This course offers some modules taught through the medium of Welsh or bilingually for students who consider themselves to be fluent Welsh speakers. For more details on the provision available see the Welsh Provision expander below. This course offers some modules taught through the medium of Welsh or bilingually for students who consider themselves to be fluent Welsh speakers.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments. Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Team in the first instance.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Candidates must have a DBS check prior to admission: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/criminal-record-guidance/dbs-application-guidance/

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
EU £16000 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1
Channel Islands £16000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practitioner Status with a Foundation Year at Swansea University - UCAS