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Course Length:

1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: TBC

2020 International fee: TBC

Typical entry requirements:

  • 240 credits (120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5) in a related subject, such as, Early Childhood
  • Relevant Foundation Degree in Early Years or Teaching and Learning Support
  • International equivalent 240 credits (120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5)
  • Professional experience of working and/or volunteering in an early years setting, such as, Nursery, Day care, Childminding, School (Year R or Key Stage 1), Children’s Centre or other.
  • Interview

Student view

Lisa Finch
The course helped me to develop and expand my knowledge of child development, as well as improving my professional practice. It has also helped me to achieve my aim of training to become a primary school teacher.
Heidi Miles

I would just like to say a huge thank you for all your encouragement and support. Three years ago I never believed that I could actually get a degree, you have all contributed to making it possible for me.

Chloe Mandry

I had always worked with children but learning about the theories behind why we do certain things is fascinating. Such as attachment theory. The course has helped me to see different perspectives and appreciate that there are so many different ways of working with children and families. The lecturers made the topics really interesting and clearly had lots of experience surrounding the subjects. Read more.

Course content

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood (level 6 top up) is a one-year full time or two-year part time programme of study. This course is delivered one day a week on Thursday making sure it’s flexible to your other commitments.

It provides a progression for those students who wish to top up their Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification to a BA Honours.

The range of modules enable students to explore key aspects of childhood from the psychological and sociological, to the global and cultural, to the economic and educational.

Students will develop problem solving, critical analysis and independent thinking skills as well as gaining knowledge of areas which are of particular interest.

The degree equips graduates to explore a range of careers in the early years sector, as well as completing postgraduate qualifications, in order to work within the fields of health, education and social work.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Careers might include:

  • Learning mentor
  • Early Years Teacher (EYT)
  • Primary school teacher
  • Special educational needs (SEN) teacher
  • Social worker
  • Child psychotherapist and counsellor
  • Educational psychologist
  • Paediatric nurse
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Early Years Outreach worker
  • Local Authority worker

Indicative modules

Core modules:

  • Independent Project
  • Leading and Managing Professional Practice
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability

Optional modules:

  • Criminology and Childhood
  • Children’s Literature and the Media
  • Learning, Teaching and Caring in the Adventure Education
  • Therapeutic Play

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Overview of teaching strategies

The Early Childhood sector is rapidly changing and therefore it is vitally important that we listen to government and employers as well to make certain that you the students have the very best experience that will serve you well in your chosen careers. 

All members of the teaching team are practitioners with a wide range of experience as well as accomplished academics.  We seek to bring new research alongside established theory into the classroom through a variety of blended methods including direct teaching, seminars, problem solving, activity based learning, adventure education as well as using up to date technology to engage with you across platforms.


Well aware of the importance of offering you choice in your learning, partly to engage with your interests, but also to  make certain that we are offering those skills that employers need, we embarked on extending our choice of options in 2013. On the BA in Early Childhood level 6 top we offer two options. In semester one - one from Learning, Teaching and Caring in Education and Therapeutic Play and in  semester two - one from Criminology and Children and Children's Literature and the Media. These options allow you to design and follow your academic and developmental route through the programme, supporting you to develop as individuals, but also greatly increasing prospects of employability. 


It is important that our assessments are designed to meet the various learning needs of students.  By this we want to make certain that individual students have the opportunity to achieve their potential and for this reason we offer a variety of assessment methods that include presentations, assignments, portfolios and placements. This is welcomed and encouraged by the student voice.

Additional Costs

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