High achieving Early Years students at University Campus Barnsley (UCB) have received recognition in a special awards presentation at the campus.

Six students from the BA (Hons) Early Years course were honoured at the event which was attended by Chief Executive and Principal Christopher Webb and staff from UCB’s Childcare and Education Professions department.

The following learners received awards at the presentation:

•    Katie Emmerson – Principal’s Award (for full-time students)
•    Sally Simpson – Excellence in Major Study Award (for full-time students)
•    Laura Griffiths – Student Merit Award (for full-time students)
•    Jodie Leigh Westwood – Principal’s Award (for part-time students)
•    Angela McLean – Excellence in Major Study Award (for part-time students)
•    Louise Scarfe – Student Merit Award (for part-time students)

23% of students who completed the course in 2014-15 achieved a first class honours degree which has allowed some learners to undertake post graduate study including master’s degrees, while others have pursued career advancement in educational and early years settings.

Katie Emmerson was one of the students who achieved a first class degree. She said: “I would not have realised my potential without my tutors whose inspirational discussions helped me stay focused on what I could achieve. Along with my personal commitment to doing well, this helped me stay determined and motivated. I would like to thank the tutors at UCB for helping me to succeed.”

HE Curriculum Leader Julian Bowers-Brown said: “The consistent hard work that the students have invested throughout the course has given them opportunities to achieve and exceed their ambitions. They are an example for the students joining us this year.”

The BA (Hons) Early Years has been developed for those who wish to work in primary school teaching, gain Early Years Professional Status, or work in professions such as youth and community work, social work or teaching and training in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

UCB also offers a Foundation Degree which is designed for people aiming to progress their career in teaching or learning support and students can progress on to higher level teaching assistant roles or on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at primary level.

It’s not too late to start the BA (Hons) Early Years or the Learning Support Foundation Degree in September 2015. Call the UCB Clearing hotline +44 (0)1226 216 165 to speak to our Information Team.