BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care (Top-Up)

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Early Childhood Education and Care (Top-Up)
Code PQ22
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 6
Course type Full Time


The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care (Top-Up) degree enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years/Early Childhood Studies, teaching and learning and other equivalent foundation degrees in early childhood studies to enter the course directly at BA stage.


During your course, you will be taught by experts in the field of early childhood studies, using various teaching methods and interactive technology to promote learning, including group activities, class debates and discussion, lectures and seminar sessions, as well as independent learning and study expectations. You will receive regular feedback and personal tutorial support throughout the course to develop both your academic and professional skills.


  1. Creativity in Early Childhood Education and Care: this module will allow you to explore the cognitive and cultural implications of creative teaching and learning, including the theories, principles, beliefs and pedagogical practices that have influenced current practice
  2. Professional Practice – Working with 0 – 8’s: this module requires you to work alongside professional practitioners in early years settings, further developing your knowledge, skills and competence in working with babies, toddlers young children, families and other professionals.
  3. Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education and Care: this module will provide you with the opportunity to gain a practical and critical understanding of the current issues facing leaders and managers within Early Childhood settings in England, with a particular focus on the management of change and multi-agency and multi-professional (integrated) partnership-working.
  4. International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care: this module presents you with a range of contemporary early year’s aspects of provision, care and education and will raise your awareness of current international trends, particularly economic and political, and how they impact on children and families. You will be encouraged to have a creative, analytical and inquiring attitude in order to debate and critically consider the future of early childhood provision.
  5. Dissertation: this module enables you to be autonomous learners and will deepen your learning and investigative skills in early years’ professionals. You will be introduced to a range of research practices within the field of Educational Research.

*Please note that units may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements.

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of Level 5 foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies or equivalent.
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths
  • Successful completion of DBS
  • Working or volunteering (placement) in the Early Years setting

You must be over 18 years of age and should be employed within the sector, either paid or unpaid, for a minimum of 180 hours over the duration of the course. You will also need a work based mentor (you will also receive workplace visits from your tutors).

Your next steps...

On successful completion of the degree, students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to start a career in their chosen vocation.

Potential Careers:

  • Social Worker
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Family Support Worker
  • Learning Mentor

If students want to progress further in their studies, they can go on to study a Master’s in early childhood education at university.