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1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: £9,250

2020 International fee: £13,500

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 making sure it’s flexible to accommodate 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

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

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

The Bishop Otter LRC offers:

  • Books and journals
  • E-resources, including multimedia streaming
  • Mac and PC suites
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • PrintShop services
  • General meeting areas
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • Equipment Loans​
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Where this can take you

Careers might include:

  • Leadership and management in early years settings 
  • 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
  • Learning mentor

Indicative modules


Independent Project

There is no set curriculum for this module, because tutorials will be individually tailored to student needs, depending on the topic chosen, the ethical issues raised (for example, BERA and EECERA), the appropriate methodologies etc. Regular group workshops will however be held.

Leading and Managing Professional Practice

This module is designed to provide an opportunity for students working in a range of early years and school settings. It enables students to demonstrate their ability to critically reflect on practice in their own context, and where needed to improve (or suggest improvements to, or reflect on their past contexts) the professional practice. It is designed to encourage students to ensure that the provision being made for the children and families that they work with which reflects the prevailing national policy.

The module will be taught through a series of seminars. It will include a focus on academic reading and writing, particularly ideas about criticality. The following activities may be used during the module, as appropriate: • Discussions of selected readings • Tutor presentations • Small group discussions and question/answer sessions • Student presentations and written tasks

Students will be provided with the required reading and, where appropriate, details of other tasks, in advance of each session. The success of the module is dependent on students’ contribution and on keeping to the time limit set for submission for formative feedback.

Presentations in the seminars will be informal and delivered in a friendly space where students will receive constructive feedback on ideas. While there will be a generic module handbook and generic work based learning tasks, tutors will work with small groups and individual students to guide them in meeting the learning outcomes relative to the student’s specific workplace.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

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Therapeutic Play

This module will analyse play as a therapeutic means of communication for all children, but with particular reference to those who have experienced trauma. The development of the psychoanalytic and Humanistic movements during the last century will be studied, and the impact of certain practitioners within this development. Particular attention will be paid to the work of; Klein, Winnicott and Axline. The importance of a range of different expressive arts therapies used within a therapy session will provide the context for students to explore their own feelings. Drama, sand play and narrative will form a structure for examining relationships and exploring trauma or emotional distress. The role of the therapist and the therapeutic relationship within a counselling session will be analysed. Students will consider the possible benefits of implementing a Play Therapy approach within different Early Years settings.

Digital Child 

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Children’s Stories and the Media

This module will explore a range of different media that is produced for children. This will include children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, children’s television, children’s film and the ‘new media’ that is available for children including other interactive media such as computer games. It critically engages with studies of how children engage with these different media. It will also consider the ways in which those who study childhood have sought to understand this engagement. The module will take a broad approach drawing on theories from a range of social science and cultural disciplines.

This module will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and podcasts. Some of the material will be delivered through formal lecturing. There will also be a considerable emphasis on group and class discussion. The module will require students to undertake individual directed study.

Crime and Childhood

This module will use sociological theory to analyse the special status of children as it has developed across time and also from an international perspective. It will scrutinise concepts such as ‘criminal responsibility’ of children and explain children’s behaviour that can lead to involvement in the criminal justice system. Criminological theory will be used to explain particular offending against children and the sanctions available and reactions from the media. It will examine legal procedures for children in the criminal justice system as offenders, victims and witnesses, as well as the sanctions that are available to the courts to ‘punish’ children (and families), and offenders against children. It will extend to issues around child exploitation and slavery. It will scrutinise international and historical reactions to child offending and analyse approaches to child offending.

Sessions will be lecturer led, but students will be encouraged to contribute to discussions and debates around contentious issues connected with children and crime. For those contemplating entering one of the various occupations related to children and criminality, this module will provide valuable insights. This module will make use of policy documents and materials to encourage students to engage in the debate around children and crime, and case studies will be provided for scrutiny. Theory and criminological concepts will be discussed in an attempt to explain both crimes by children and against children. Although tutor led, the sessions will run as workshop formats where students will be encouraged to enter the arguments around these issues.

Adventure Education 

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International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


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.

On the BA in Early Childhood level 6 Top-up we offer a choice of optional modules. These options allow you to follow an area of interest supporting you to develop as individuals and increasing prospects of employability. 


It is important that our assessments are designed to meet the various learning needs of students. 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. 

Additional Costs

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