The programme is designed to allow progression from a Foundation Degree or HND to an honours degree. Students strengthen their knowledge of young children’s holistic development and have opportunities to undertake placements and fieldwork in educational settings, as well as in health and social care. The programme is ideal for students who are already in the workplace.
The aim of the course is to provide a broad-based academic and inter-disciplinary professional foundation for a variety of careers working with children 0-8 years old. It aims to meet the needs of those students who wish to build on previous study, either full or part time. The course is taught by a highly experienced multi-professional team with expertise in the fields of education, health and social care. There are opportunities to undertake placements and field work in educational, health and social care settings, to enable strong links between academic study and professional experience.
The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies top up degree is designed to:
- establish a rigorous understanding of young children’s holistic development in the early years through engaging in detailed analysis and evaluation of multi-disciplinary theoretical perspectives and research evidence
- develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of contemporary services and support for young children and families in a multi-agency context
- extend and refine students’ critical reflection on their own practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage and their leadership and support of others
- support students in making progress towards the achievement of relevant professional standards and roles, for example in relation to Early Years Teacher Status or as preparation for further training in teaching with QTS or social work
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of early childhood within diverse cultural, multidisciplinary and inter-agency contexts. They explore leadership and management issues in early years contexts. They also take a specialist Early Years Pedagogy module as a focus for developing their critical analysis of contemporary issues and debates in early childhood policy, practice and services for children and families.
The Research and Inquiry module helps students develop their critical understanding of relevant theory and research in the field of early childhood and to equip them with the skills for independent investigation and research for their dissertation.
Course modules (16/17)
Specialist Option: Education
- Module code: EYS3121
- Core module N
Leadership, Management and Support in Children’s Services
- Module code: EYS3125
- Core module Y
Research and Inquiry in Professional Contexts
- Module code: EYS3126
- Core module Y
Children’s Services Dissertation
- Module code: EYS4104
- Core module Y
Specialist Option: Health and Social Care
- Module code: EYS3124
- Core module N
Methods of Learning
This course is taught on one day a week, starting in early September. Students have the option to study a module in Education or Health and Social Care alongside students on the undergraduate programme.
Written essays, online debate and discussion, individual projects and dissertation.
Facilities and Special Features
- option to study on a full or part-time basis
- inter-disciplinary approach
- opportunities for placement experience if you are not working in an early years setting
This Early Childhood Studies (Top Up) degree provides an excellent preparation for graduate leadership of Early Years settings. Graduates usually progress to Early Years Teacher Status (0-5), undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), take the School Direct route to become a teacher with Qualified Teacher Status or proceed to an MA in Social Work.
Students have the opportunity to have two weeks of placement which may be in their workplace or an alternative setting and two weeks of field work to undertake research.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Contact Admissions on 0800 358 2232. Applicants will need to attend an interview.
In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to have written English and Mathematics equivalent to a GCSE grade C. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having undertaken prior experience of working with children under the age of eight. Applicants will need to attend an interview.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|