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Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practitioner Status Aberystwyth University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)


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The BSc Early Childhood Studies with Early Year Practitioner Status at Aberystwyth University will enable you to discover that children’s early years are crucial to later learning and development and practitioners have a vital role to play in these years. This course, taught by the School of Education will give you the opportunity to delve into the factors which influence ‘early childhood’ and how these can affect later development. During the course, you will undertake extensive placements which will equip you with a practical perspective, while theoretical study draws upon a variety of disciplines including sociology, psychology and educational studies in order to help you to understand the childhood years. If you are interested in how children grow, develop and learn, then this course will allow you to experience and explore this intriguing stage of development. Combining the practical and the theoretical will enable you to develop both academic and professional skills that are needed to work with children.

How will I learn?
In the School of Education we provide a variety of learning opportunities:

  • Lectures in larger groups allow you to gain outline knowledge of the ideas and concepts involved in each module. You will be encouraged to discuss key points with your fellow students, to answer questions and to develop your opinions and consolidate your learning. Sound recordings of all of our lectures are available for as long as you are registered on the course at Aberystwyth.

  • Seminars in smaller groups involve work in more detail on specific aspects of modules. These may involve more practical applications of ideas from lectures, or detailed analysis of pieces of research or other reading.

  • Workshops are practical. Tasks are set which involve group and individual work on topics like professional practice. Sometimes, these also involve visiting speakers. Recent innovations involve the use of Virtual Reality headsets to bring your learning alive.

  • Placements - You will undertake 700 hours of placements in nursery settings within the Aberystwyth locality in order to gain professional skills.

What will I study?

  • In each year, modules give you a solid foundation in essential aspects of Early Childhood Studies, for example:

  • In Year 1, modules cover topics such as how young children learn, the importance of health and well-being in the early years and learning through play. You will also undertake sessions relating to professional practice in an early years setting.

  • In Year 2, you will explore the importance of literacy development, multi-agency working and safeguarding young children. Year 2 also involves an extensive placement opportunity.

  • In Year 3, you will again develop your practical skills through a placement. You will explore the importance of social and emotional development and look at how key communication is to everyone involved in young children's learning and development.

How will my work be assessed?

  • A variety of assessment techniques will allow you to play to your strengths.

  • Some modules are assessed through essays, but you may also complete projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations. During your placements, you will keep a folder of evidence to show that you have the skills to work as an early years practitioner.

Successful completion of this degree leads to "Early Years Practitioner Status". This means that you will have a degree that allows you to work as a professional within an early years setting (subject to appropriate literacy and numeracy qualifications). Many students progress to become nursery managers and leaders. Furthermore, successful completion of this degree may also lead to progression to a one-year primary school teacher training course (PGCE). The qualification is also an ideal basis for anyone wishing to work in the social work profession or within different types of educational therapy.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X322
Institution code A40
Campus name Main Site (Aberystwyth)
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 points
A level CCC - BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - MMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 26 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application.

We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants.

If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B
Cambridge English Proficiency C
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic 62.0 With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT) 88.0 With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £13,600 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Based on the latest information available to us, for new Home students enrolled on full-time undergraduate and PGCE courses starting in 2020, Aberystwyth University currently intends to charge a tuition fee of £9,000 for the academic year 2020/21. The Welsh Government is still to finalise arrangements for 2020/21 onwards, which means that for students starting in 2020/21 or after, tuition fees may rise for any successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government. These increases would also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry. We will inform all applicants and students of the fee levels for 2020/21 and any inflation-linked increases for successive years of study as soon as confirmation is received from Welsh Government, and we will publish updates on our website. We recommend you check the updated fee information before applying. Up to date details of the relevant fees will be set out in our offer documentation, and your terms and conditions with us will describe how we may be entitled to increase or otherwise change fees during the period of your study with us. Costs not included in the tuition fee: The academic provision of the University includes certain elements of study away from Aberystwyth. These involve activities such as field trips in science degrees and visits to theatres, galleries and museums in humanities-based courses. The additional costs of such activities are not included in the overall University fee and you should, therefore, note the need to budget for them. Details of courses that have additional costs can be found on the Aberystwyth University website. These costs are given as an indication of likely cost and will vary as will the location and duration of the activity. Fuller details will be available from the department organising the activity.

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Course contact details

School of Education (undergraduate enquiries)

+44 (0)1970 622103

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622258

Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)