Three new degree courses have been launched at University Campus Barnsley (UCB) this month, thanks to a partnership between UCB and Leeds Trinity University.

The one and two-year Professional Practice top-up courses on offer include Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies and Supporting Young People, Children and Families. They are aimed at those wanting to progress towards a teaching qualification, to support children and young people outside of the classroom or to take on more responsibility within an existing educational role.

Students wanting to enrol on the courses will study at University Campus Barnsley and Barnsley College, whilst their degree will be awarded by Leeds Trinity University.

“We’re proud to be working in partnership with Leeds Trinity University as it allows us to offer more opportunities for our students to gain higher level qualifications.”

Lorraine Copley, Dean of University Campus Barnsley, said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with Leeds Trinity University as it allows us to offer more opportunities for our students to gain higher level qualifications.

“Many of our degrees, including the new top-up degrees in Early Years Education, can be studied on a full or part-time basis, meaning students can study around their existing work and family commitments.”

Current Professional Practice in Education Studies student, Tia Buckley, 23 from Bolton on Dearne, said: “It’s great that I can study this course in Barnsley. I live and work locally so it means I don’t have to travel. It gives me the opportunity to complete a Leeds Trinity University degree alongside work so I can earn money and get a qualification. I work as a primary school teaching assistant so after the degree I’m hoping to complete a teaching qualification.”

Collaboration between the two institutions builds on a successful year of delivering a top-up degree course in Sport, Physical Education and Health during the 2016/17 academic year, and additional Foundation degree courses are already planned for September 2018.

Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, added: “We are very pleased to be working closely with University Campus Barnsley to offer further opportunities for higher education in the local area – particularly in subject areas with such high demand. We understand that people are eager to learn, develop new skills and enhance their careers, but travel can sometimes be an issue. Our partnership allows students to get the best of both worlds, and we are very proud to validate these courses.”

A plaque was unveiled on Friday 10 November to commemorate the partnership between the two institutions.

To find out more about studying a degree in Early Years Education visit the Early Years department page, call 01226 216 165 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk