Taught course

Early Chilhood

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Early Childhood

Entry requirements

The course is designed for professionals already working or volunteering within the education or childcare sector. Entry can be via: an initial degree by an approved degree-awarding body; a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate study. Non-graduates may also be admitted to the degree provided that they have gained a minimum of three years' professional experience relevant to the course and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing/ analytical skills Applicants will be interviewed to discuss particular entry requirements. All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Postgraduate Diploma in Foundation Phase

Months of entry


Course content

This MA programme is designed for those who want to develop their understanding and knowledge of early childhood. It provides ideal training and staff development opportunities for those working with young children and their families in a range of settings and situations.

The course takes a critical and analytic overview of children’s early learning and sets this in the context of social learning and societal influences. Students will be encouraged to take a critical approach to research, theories and beliefs about children’s learning.

The crucial role of adults in that learning process, as policy-makers and pedagogues, will be deconstructed and debated. The course focuses on the remarkable skills of young children as powerful and competent learners; studying what they learn, how they learn, why they learn.

Throughout the programme you will address themes and principles which are linked to the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These are threads that run through the programme, allowing you to appreciate the critical relationship between the integrative approach to children’s learning and good practice in early years settings.


  • Research in a changing world;
  • Well-being and learning in the early years;
  • The reflective practitioner: the role of the adult in children’s early learning.
  • The bilingual child*
  • The child outdoors*
  • Sustainability and citizenship for young children*
  • Leading the early years team*
  • Self-directed study*

*Optional modules

Information for international students

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomes applications from international students and values their contribution to academic and cultural life. The University has an excellent reputation for the pastoral care of international students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months


part time
18 months


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (20000 words)

Course contact details

Gwyneth Davies