BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up)

UCAS Code: X310 G80 Credit Level: 6 Credit Value: 120 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: One year full time
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up) Awarding body

Your Programme

About the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top Up) programme

The programme aims to deliver a BA Early Childhood Studies degree that will provide a challenging and high quality academic grounding for existing and future practitioners in the early years sector. It seeks to do this by encouraging students to develop a critical understanding of early years practice. It aims to facilitate opportunities for students to develop their conceptual understanding in order that they are able to critically evaluate research, scholarship, and different policies, practices and approaches to the early years’ sector, and apply the knowledge gained from this to their own future practice.


Entry Requirements

Applicants require 240 credits at level 4 and 5 e.g. Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area or an equivalent level 5 professional/non-professional qualification. The average grade at level 5 must be 50% or above. A Bridging Unit is mandatory for all students who have not successfully completed a level 5 research module. There is a requirement that as part of the Work Placement module students will undertake a minimum of 72 hours in a relevant early years setting.

Students on this programme will need Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance. The Institute will send further instructions on DBS as part of the admissions process where relevant.

What you will learn

Level 6 modules:

  • Children’s rights and safeguarding (mandatory pass)
  • Children’s learning, voice and pedagogy
  • Children and Families
  • Empowering future development in Early Years
  • Dissertation or SEND Action Research

Learning & Teaching Methods

Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, workshops, student led discussions, directed learning tasks and debates. Integrating a work-based or placement opportunity, students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.

Programme Benefits

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one within the early childhood sector. This includes settings which typically relate to pre-school and teaching, day care centres, child minders, family day care, out of hours clubs, child development and management positions within the early years.

Problem solving skills, communication skills, leadership skills, theoretical application to early years practice, presentation skills as well as skills to be able to work with young children, team work, IT skills and various research skills.

What next?

Childcare in a range of early years, health or social care settings; accreditation of Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

PGCE primary, Unqualified teacher, early years practitioner, health, early years managers, PGCE +14, Social Work.