The UWS Graduate Apprenticeship BA Early Learning and Childcare programme has been developed in response to the national agenda- A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (2017) and Skills Development Scotland’s Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Early Learning and Childcare sector (2017). The GA is a programme of study designed for those in employment, working towards registration as practitioners with the Social Services Council (SSSC) on completion of their three year apprenticeship studies. The course is also suitable for those already in practice, seeking professional development.
The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that our Graduate Apprentices have the best possible learning experience, through which to become qualified and competent Early Learning and Childcare practitioners.
You will acquire a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of child development pre-birth to 6 years. You will develop a critical understanding of early childhood philosophy and practice, and theories of learning which develop children’s creativity, literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. You will have opportunities to engage effectively as a member of a team and in partnership with multi-agencies to support children and families, promoting social justice and inclusion for all.
You will develop a critical and reflexive approach to work-based practice in line with pedagogical, ideological and political perspectives, both nationally and internationally.
At the core of the Graduate Apprenticeship BA Early Learning and Childcare lies the development of meta-skills. These higher order skills support the development of additional competencies and prepare graduates to successfully manage the complexities encountered during each apprentice’s future life and professional career. The development of these skills is continually progressed throughout the course of your studies and through daily work-based experiences.
The Programme is delivered over three years at SCQF Levels 7, 8 and 9. Apprentices are employed within an Early Learning and Childcare setting. The programme combines work-based learning and academic study to develop apprentices’ knowledge and skills, enabling them to become effective, high quality practitioners. You will engage with practice based learning 4 days per week within the workplace, and 1 day per week through face-to-face sessions on campus, or online.
During your time at UWS you will be supported by a dedicated team of lecturers, you will be assigned a Workplace Mentor, and Academic Tutor who meet regularly with you to support you to progress and develop. on campus and in your workplace.