Assessment and course work
1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction in Childhood & Youth Studies – NSS 2019 The Early Years team have designed and developed a range of tailored assessment methods which means that there are NO EXAMS. We have found that using a varied range of assessment methods increases employability skills
96% of UWTSD Early Years students reported satisfaction with assessment and feedback – NSS 2017
The Early Years team have designed and developed a range of tailored assessment methods which means that there are NO EXAMS. We have found that using a varied range of assessment methods increases employability skills. Employers seek graduates who are problem-solvers and who have a range of transferable employability skills such as the ability to work in a team, have effective oral and written communication skills, using a range of information sharing methods including briefing papers, academic posters, group debates and professional discussions. You will also have opportunities for practical work experiences, placement experiences which support employability, professional development and careers.
During assessment, you will show your understanding through a range of methods, including:
- Individual oral presentations
- Paired seminars
- Group debates and discussions
- Planning and evaluating activities for supporting young children’s development and learning
- Writing reflective accounts
- Planning and preparing a range of documents, such as briefing papers, practitioner handbooks, environmental audits and risk assessments
- Practical performance projects
The assessments have been designed to enable you to make links between practice and theory and to develop your knowledge and understanding through reflection, evaluation, analysis and critical thinking. Generally, you would complete one assignment per module; some assignments may have a number of components within the one assignment. For example, a portfolio may contain an activity plant, an evaluation of the activity and a reflective account. These different components provide opportunities for you to develop a range of skills and to show your understanding of different aspects of the subject. Some modules have two assessment components which may include an oral presentation and a written account. You will study 6 modules per level of study on your programme.