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Course Length

12 months


£7,570 per annum

Awarded By

Oxford Brookes University

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: X319
  • Institution Code: O66
  • Campus Code: N

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up)

This is a full-time equivalent programme, the expected attendance for teaching and assessment in college is one day a week, however students will be expected to carry out work and assessment preparation in their own time.

About the course

The course material helps learners develop a broad understanding of Early Years Care and Educational in a variety of contexts and prepares them for management and leadership roles. A research project, which forms part of the course, helps students develop their research and project management skills. On Admission, learners are asked to identify and agree a suitable work-based learning environment with their tutor, where they will perform the work-based research.

Topics you will study on the course:

  • Preparing for the Dissertation
  • Literature for Young Children
  • Professional Roles in the Early Years
  • Reflective Practice
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Representations of Childhood
  • Dissertation (Double module)

Entry requirements

Typically, applicants must have:

  • Level 5 qualification such as Foundation Degree in Early Years (240 credits equivalent) or equivalent sector-endorsed qualification
  • A grade average of 55% or more across their Level 5 programme
  • A suitable work environment to fulfil the work-based requirement of the course in place

Applicants should have at least two years’ experience of working or volunteering in an educational setting prior to commencing the course.

Where next?

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) for students working with Foundation Stage children aged 0-5. The BA (Hons) Early Years does not in itself deliver the EYT Status. However, a progression for EYTS validation is organised with a separate provider, and students who have achieved the degree will be eligible to enlist on one of the shorter validation pathways. Students interested in the EYTS should note that they will need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Maths and Science at grades A-C/9-4. PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) for students wishing to continue to teacher training, please note that GCSE (or equivalent) English, Maths and Science at grades A-C/9-4 are required.

Example job roles:

  • Early Years Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Child Psychotherapist
  • Special Educational Needs Advisor
  • Play Therapist
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • Family Support Worker

Work experience and employability

All students must complete a minimum of ten hours each week throughout the course, working in an Early Years setting which follows the EYFS Framework. This may be as paid employment or within a voluntary role.

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