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Early Years Education Degree at UCW: Leanne Tells All

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Now is an exceptional time to get your Early Years Education degree. With successive Governments attempting to improve standards in the Early Years sector, as well as huge demands for new teachers and school/nursery staff, it’s a perfect time to begin your career in this industry!  

At UCW we offer both BA (Hons) Early Years Education and BA (Hons) Education, Society and Childhood, as well as short courses in areas like Play, Learning and Pedagogy and Healthy Development Through Childhood and Beyond. 

We had the privilege of catching up with Early Years Education learner, Leanne Coldwell, to discuss her experience on the course and find out what it’s like to study with UCW. 

This is what Leanne had to say! 

Why did you choose to study the Early Years Education degree at UCW? 

Its local, easy to get to, great parking discount at the Sovereign Centre and when I visited an open day, the lecturers were very informative and approachable. There are multiple cubbies and quiet rooms to study in, and a well-stocked library with staff members happy to help during your studies. There is a café that adjoins the University and you are also in the centre of town, opposite the beach, close to many food outlets, other cafes, and well-known shops. 

What skills/experiences did you gain from studying the Early Years Education degree?  

Although my writing has much improved academically, it was my confidence that saw the biggest gain. I now have a breadth of underpinning theory, pedagogy and curriculum that supports children’s learning and development, which has inspired my career into other avenues of development. 

What is your best memory from studying the Early Years Education degree at UCW? 

I was fortunate enough to meet some incredible people, in terms of staff and also course mates – they were inspirational, kind and knowledgeable. 

I also really enjoyed being able to walk along the promenade during my lunch break, or after a full day to unwind. 

Would you recommend the course you studied?  

Absolutely – If you’re passionate about working with children, and making a difference to their lives, this course will give you the confidence moving forward within your personal learning journey. The course gives you access to inspiring lecturers, guest speakers, outstanding student support and a variety of modules that enables a breadth of learning and discovery, vital when working with young children. 

Did you feel supported during your time at UCW?  

The support services are unquestionably outstanding, from tutor support, the HEART team and 1:1 academic support that is on offer for all students. Your well-being and mental health is nourished and prioritised, with somebody to talk to at the end of the phone, in person or online whenever you may need it. 

Is there anything else you would like to add? 

I was one of those people who thought I could never be degree educated. I’m a 44-year-old, who has not written academically since I left college at 18, a mum to 3 children and I work. But UCW made this possible, due to the incredible lectures and support services on site to aid you in any way you need. 

What are you moving on to since after UCW?

I am now in the process of applying for more diverse roles that include working with families and vulnerable children. 

To find out more about UCW’s Early Years Education Degree, click here.

To find out more about all courses, including short courses available in Education and Early Years, click here.