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Aberystwyth University

Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practitioner Status

UCAS Code: X322

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-C,C,C

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

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-MMM

UCAS Tariff

120-96

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.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Primary education

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.

- Placements - Because of the practical element of the course, students will require an enhanced DBS check which they will need to pay for. There may also be travel expenses within the Aberystwyth area.

**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 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

School of Education

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Primary education

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Primary education

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
7%
Male students
93%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Primary education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£14,400
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Childcare and related personal services
25%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Primary education

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£11k

£11k

£16k

£16k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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