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Swansea University

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

UCAS Code: X31F

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

D,D,D-C,D,D

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSEs: A minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language.

UCAS Tariff

72-80

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Early childhood studies

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.

Modules

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 methods

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

College of Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:

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UK students
1%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B

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Employed or in further education
72%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Welfare professionals
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
6%
Public services and other associate professionals
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