Press Releases 2016

Students graduate from flexible Early Childhood degree

05.12.2016

The first group of students to study the BA Early Childhood (Flexible Learning Route) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduated recently – having followed a degree course over two years rather than the traditional three year route.

BA Early Childhood Flexi-route

The Flexible Early Childhood degree was designed to combine students' work and volunteering commitments with study on evenings and weekends. Students access lectures and tutorials during some twilight and evening sessions and on some pre-arranged Saturdays each term.

As well as being an ideal course for those interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the issues which impact on young children and their families, the BA Early Childhood (Flexi-route) also provides an opportunity to integrate full-time study with work commitments, allowing students to study and work at the same time. The innovative two-year flexible learning route also allows students to condense their study, allowing them to progress more quickly into graduate training or promotion opportunities.

“Choosing the fast track flexi route was perfect for me,” says graduate, Harriet Lewis from mid Wales.

Harriet Lewis

“I was so excited at the prospect of this course as I’ve always been passionate about childcare and education. However, my return to studies in January coincided with my full time employment as a teaching assistant at Rhayader Primary School. This meant I had a very busy year but I am proud to say I succeeded with both, of course this was with the invaluable support given to me by my lecturers, family and friends. They helped me to organise my time and remain focused and, clearly, what seems to be impossible can be achievable.

“I can now move forward and use my degree to further my career path. The course was very interesting and stimulating and I would like to say a sincere thank you to everyone at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for helping me achieve my goal.”

Talking of the students’ achievements, Glenda Tinney, a senior lecturer in Early Years at UWTSD said: “We were delighted to see the Fast Track Flexi group graduating recently – it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate their hard work and commitment.

“By following this degree students have been able to retain their employment commitments in early years settings while studying in the evening and on weekends.  An extended academic year has also meant that they have been able to complete a full BA (Hons) degree in 2 years rather than 3 years.

“The cohort that graduated last month acted as the pilot group, and due to their feedback, we now how have five groups in Carmarthen and Swansea following this innovative programme,” adds Glenda.

During their course, students explore the links between theory and practice and the degree places a strong emphasis on children’s wellbeing and development. The degree reflects the values of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with a strong emphasis on young children’s rights; the importance of listening and respecting children’s ideas and decisions; and the right for young children to have access to play.

Students will also have several opportunities to explore the importance of play for young children’s development and learning. These ideas will be explored in the context of the Foundation Phase, Flying Start and other international early childhood approaches.  The degree places a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on learning too and offers several opportunities for students to undertake practical activities which support the content of lectures.

Outdoor learning and creative development are other themes that feature prominently within the degree and opportunities are available for students to learn in the outdoors and to use their own ideas and initiative to undertake learning tasks.

Throughout the course staff provide a supportive and engaging environment where students are encouraged to develop new skills and partake in new experiences. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Flexible BA in Early Years, you can contact Glenda Tinney by emailing g.tinney@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information

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