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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top Up Distance Learning

Transform your existing level 5 qualification into a full honours’ degree in just one year. The 1-year online 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


    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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This distance learning programme provides opportunities for students to synthesise and apply their existing knowledge, skills and understanding of early years practice. An online induction programme introduces learners to the requirements of the course and cultivates a learning community amongst students. You will acquire increased confidence in your professional role to meet the challenges of change and innovation in early childhood practice. You will also critically engage with the theories, concepts, and debates at the forefront of early years provision. The 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.

Course Structure:
This programme will require approx.8- 12 hours a week private study to access the study materials and engage with wider reading and research. This course is studied 100% online.

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 course is delivered entirely online. Each module consists of reading materials and links to relevant and current policies, as well as audio and video materials which are used to enhance learning. You have access to the module tutor via online tutorials.

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 current satisfactory DBS Enhanced Certificate
• Practitioners are required to either be 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 grade 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.

English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5. Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

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 master’s in Early Childhood Studies distance learning.

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: 7J9V
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Apply direct to UCDon if we are your only option Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474