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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time

Top 30
UK University
overall satisfaction for Early Childhood Studies
Top 25
best university in the UK
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

Chloe, an Early Childhood top-up student

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.

Lisa, an Early Childhood top-up student

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.

Jinny, an Early Childhood top-up student

I left school at 15 without qualifications. At age 47 I achieved a First Class BA (Hons) in Early Childhood! The last three years have been the most challenging but rewarding of my life, my knowledge and understanding of childhood has been expanded beyond the boundaries of my own beliefs. The tutors were astounding, provocative and supportive, empowering and enlightening and empathetic. They ignited a flame within me that will not be doused! 

Course content

100% satisfaction for Early Childhood Studies (National Student Survey 2021)

Course overview

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

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

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

Who is this degree for?

This course provides a progression for those who wish to ‘top up’ their Early Years Foundation Degree or equivalent foundation qualification to a full BA Honours degree.

Why study this course?

  • The degree equips you to explore a range of careers in the early years sector
  • It is a recognised qualification by the Department for Education
  • It also offers pathways into a variety of careers. We offer postgraduate qualifications, in order to work within the fields of health, education and social work
  • You'll learn from a dedicated and highly-skilled team 

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.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you


With this degree, you can pursue a career as an Early Years Practitioner. Some possible roles may include:

  • Nursery Manager
  • Play Worker
  • Outreach Worker with family centres
  • Community Development Worker

Further Study

Many of our students go on to further study at the University. Here are some of the progression routes we offer after graduating from the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Top-up degree:

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


We are 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 (Hons) 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. 

Meet the lecturers

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you.


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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Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.