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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top Up

Transform your existing qualifications into a full honours’ degree in just one year. The 1-year on campus programme provides a high-quality learning experience that will continue to develop highly skilled, flexible, and creative early years practitioners, trainers, leaders and managers

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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You will acquire confidence in your professional role and meet the challenges of change and innovation in early childhood practice, lifelong learning and diversity. You will also develop an understanding of theories, concepts and debates surrounding the topics explored in the individual modules.

This on campus programme has been designed to consolidate and extend your existing skills, knowledge and understanding of your professional practice by investigation, analysis and reflection on aspects of your work with children. This programme is suited to students who are employed in the sector or in a voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days.

There is a requirement to attend taught sessions one evening per week, as well as engage with online activities, as part of a blended learning approach

Course Structure


Level 6
Language, Learning and Literacy [20 credits]
Current Issues and Contemporary Debates [20 credits]
Innovation and Change [20 credits]
The Reflective Practitioner [20 credits]
Early Years Dissertation [40 credits]

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time

The programme will require approx. 8-12 hours a week of private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.

The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials and group work.

The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials and group work. A range of assessment methods are used including projects, presentations, posters and essay.

Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies or a Higher National Diploma in a relevant area such as Education or Early Years Studies, plus 3 years’ experience within the sector whether employed or voluntary.

Additional Requirements:
A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required

There is a minimum requirement that practitioners are either in paid employment or undertaking a voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days per week. It will underpin practitioners’ experiences in the workplace through studying a suite of modules that will enhance and support career progression.

GCSE Requirements:
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment might require this.

As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.

This qualification is valued by employers and is seen as a mark of your professional excellence and expertise, enabling you to develop your career.

Once you complete this course, you will be well-placed to pursue postgraduate opportunities to enhance your professional development, for example a master’s in Early Childhood Studies.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay for example:

– Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies
– Printing and photocopying)
– Trips and enhancement opportunities

  • A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: X311
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474