Duration & study mode
2 years full-time, part-time
Ayr, Online with optional face-to-face learning
Course starting dates
The MEd Early Years is primarily aimed at professionals working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in its widest definition (school and Early Learning and Childcare settings, health and social work), who are addressing these agendas and supporting their own development and of and others.
The current national and international priorities focus on tackling inequality through raising attainment and reducing poverty. Current policy frameworks are underpinned by UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and tackle inequality through working sensitively supporting and involving families, early years intervention and improvement, literacy and pedagogy and practice.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
Applicants must satisfy the specific admission requirements for Masters programmes offered by UWS and should normally hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline.
Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant experience together with recent academic study.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
There is no requirement to attend ‘face-to-face’ sessions on this innovative course as it is offered by distance learning, using the UWS virtual learning environment. However, face-to-face delivery may also be an option for some cohorts. Materials are supplied online and the system allows access to both electronic journals and e-books. Participants are required to contribute to online discussion threads on themes relevant to the modules. The approach taken to the learning and assessment is that of reflection on and in practice thus making the theory and practice links necessary to enhance future practice.
There are three stages to the programme.
The Postgraduate Certificate stage consists of three 20-credit SCQF Level 11/ Masters level modules, and can be taken as a discrete programme. All new students start with the compulsory
Participation and Children’s Rights module and then select 2 from:
Or 20 credits of their own choice from the The School of Education CPD portfolio
The Postgraduate Diploma also consists of three 20-credit SCQF Level 11/ Masters level modules and can be taken as a discrete programme. The mandatory module is Research Methods in Education and then students select 2 from:
Or 20 credits of their own choice from the School of Education CPD portfolio
Upon successful completion of the diploma phase interested applicants can continue with the Masters phase which comprises a dissertation in consultation with the course Leader.
Our course is taught largely online through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Within Moodle, you will make use of e-learning methods such as:
You will be assessed using a combination of the methods below:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
£3,400 per year of study
£3,400 per year of study
£3,400 per year of study
£12,300 per year of study
The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:
The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.
The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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