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Institution C58


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

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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, an Early Childhood top-up student, at a University open event
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.

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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

1st for overall satisfaction, teaching on my course, assessment and feedback and organisation and management for the subject of Childhood and Youth Studies (NSS 2020)

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.

Take a look at our Childhood brochure.

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

Leading and Managing Professional Practice

This module introduces you to the key factors that affect strategies for leading and managing change in work or volunteering environments. You will critically reflect on aspects of your professional practice linking to leading and managing theory. You will develop knowledge and understanding of how to improve practice through working alongside staff, children and their families.

Therapeutic Play

Throughout this module you will explore and critically analyse the centrality of play in enabling children to make sense of the world around them and their own place within that world, especially when experiencing trauma.  You will analyse the role of the adult in understanding a child’s experiences through a therapeutic perspective of play.  You will critically reflect upon the development of the psychoanalytic movement and the Humanistic movement. A range of focused interventions which benefit children will be experienced and analysed. You will also consider the relevance and importance of the work of the main protagonists within the field of Play Therapy. 

Learning, Teaching and Caring in Adventure Education

During the course of this module you will explore and experience innovative and adventurous environments in which children can develop, learn and play such as Forest School and Beach School.  You will examine the psychological, physical and social processes and benefits for children and early year professionals and teachers that come with activities away from conventional environments.  You will explore the broad environmental, activity and learning opportunities that exist and how these can benefit children, but also professionals and practitioners.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

The central aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the issues that surround special educational needs and disability (SEND) in society and early years settings, with particular reference to government policy initiatives and legislation. The history, economic and social dimensions of issues relating to special educational needs and disability will be explored, along with an analysis of the impact upon children, families and working practices. The origins and meanings of related terminology will be explored and debated. You will be encouraged to analyse and reflect on your experiences of working with young children in education and/or care settings.

Criminology and Childhood

The aim of this module is to explore aspects of criminal law and offending in relation to childhood. The ‘social construction of childhood’ will be examined both historically and internationally in regard to how children are treated in the criminal justice system. Case Studies will be used to illustrate how criminal law and childhood is given particular significance, including use of media coverage. Overall, the module will examine children and criminality from various points of view, from offending to court procedures, from explanations of children’s crime to protection of victims, and allow students to draw conclusions about the special status of children and the legal system. Issues around children and crime are of contemporary relevance and this module will provide insights into the many avenues of childcare practice that are connected to the criminal justice system.

Children’s Literature and the Media

Throughout this module you will explore different areas of literature and media which are specifically designed for children, such as books, computer games, film, television and electronic devices. You will critically analyse specific examples of these media and also consider the wider social, cultural and educational issues that surround their production and consumption. You will consider the ways in which children engage with these areas and explore a range of theories from different disciplines that seek to understand the nature of this engagement.

Independent Project

The Independent Project is designed to engage you in a longer-term and analytical piece of research on a topic of your own interest and relevance to early childhood.  As Early Childhood Studies is a multidisciplinary subject, the Independent Project encourages students to use conventions from a broad range of disciplines. This might include research that fits into either a qualitative or a quantitative framework.

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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