This is a top-up version of our Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.
This degree emphasises the links between theory and practice and highly values the development of professional and academic skills and knowledge.
As well as offering flexible study options the degree includes assessed practice, which means tutors visit and appraise you in professional settings. This appraisal is an important step towards gaining a license to practice.
The course draws focus on the study of children's play, development and learning from birth to six years old, as well as the implications this has for practice in early childhood settings. The course emphasises the links between theory and practice, it also highly values the development of professional and academic skills and knowledge.
This degree will equip you with the skills needed to work with children and families in a range of situations and to act as an advocate for their rights and wellbeing.
The Early Childhood Studies (Top-up) BA course team includes writers and researchers at the forefront of the field who are passionately committed to enabling, empowering and inspiring you to make transformational changes to your own life and to the lives of children, families and communities. We do this by valuing your individual experience and existing knowledge, embracing different opinions, ensuring that issues of equality and social justice underpin our work, engaging in continuous critical reflection and working with integrity, energy and enthusiasm.
Assessment is based on coursework with no formal examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have one of the following:
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Example modules include:
"I find the course content very interesting. The tutors are supportive and the feedback I get on my work is really useful.”
Rachel Kent, graduate
"The course was a great chance to build on what I already knew and helped me discover interests in areas I didn't consider previously."
Billy Olly, graduate
"My knowledge in childcare has developed tenfold since taking part in this degree course. The tutors are not only incredibly knowledgeable but also unbelievably supportive giving 100 per cent. It's because of their support and belief in me that I am hoping to apply for my master's degree."
Natasha Curzi-Micallef, graduate
As a graduates of this degree you'll be able to pursue a variety of careers in education, health and social care sectors. The success of our graduates reflects the current need for well-trained professionals who can quickly move up to more senior roles in children’s centres, nursery and primary schools, as well as other early childhood care and education settings.
Some students go on to specialise in a particular area, such as special educational needs, while others take up advisory posts in local authorities or government departments.
A significant number of students continue their professional studies, whether it's through the PGCE route to teaching or at postgraduate level.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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