course

Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level

    UndergraduateUG

  • Duration

    Distance Learning Part Time UK: 2 Years
    Distance Learning Full Time UK: 1 Year

  • Starting

    September

  • Fees UK 24/25 Distance Learning

    £5,720

  • Fees International 24/25 Distance Learning

    £5,720

  • Location

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


The Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies (Top Up) programme provides a creative, inter-disciplinary community of learning and research. It is designed to critically apply theory to practice and evaluate current approaches to the socio-political context of early years, childhood (ages 0-25) and families.

This taught distance learning programme is facilitated by academics with professional backgrounds in early years, social work, health and working with young people.

The programme recognises the complex qualification and training routes for those working with children and families and aims to provide progression routes for those with a range of relevant Higher Education and occupational qualifications provided admissions criteria are met.

We will proactively support you to develop the study skills needed for Level 6 throughout the programme.

Updated 09/04/2024

Highlights


  • Distance learning programme, taught by experienced academics with a range of professional experience working with children and families
  • The opportunity to study and work
  • Two optional modules
  • Option to complete Early Childhood Graduate Competencies
  • Guaranteed interview for PGCE Primary Education (5-11) on completion (T&Cs apply)

Course Content


  • You will start the programme by completing study skills aimed at revisiting or learning the academic skills required at Level 6.  You will then study six modules that have been designed to support you and apply your studies around your area of interest and/or practice.    All the modules, except the dissertation, have two assignments that have been devised to enable you to evidence your knowledge and skills in a variety of ways.

    The modules are:

    • Working with Families and Developing Communities
    • Graduate Leadership
    • Building a Curriculum for Excellence or Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth
    • Research and Inquiry
    • Dissertation

    The dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to undertake primary research into your area of special interest.

    For those working in early years you may choose to complete the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioners Competencies. Successful students are awarded a certificate alongside their degree.

    Watch Prof Eunice Lumsden as she talks about her career in childhood, youth and families, what diversity and inclusivity mean to her, holistic safeguarding, why policymakers need to use up to date research, and more.

    Module information can be found on the Award Map

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

  • You will need to hold a Foundation Degree/ HND/Dip HE or a relevant Level 5 Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) including apprenticeships in Early Years, working with children and families or closely related subject.

    Applicants with a Level 5 Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)/apprenticeship will need to:

    • Undertake a Skills Audit
    • Have at least one year experience in working in the early years, and/or with children and families
    • Be employed or volunteering in a relevant setting
    • Write a statement of how you have applied knowledge to practice
    • Attend an online interview
    • Have an academic reference

    In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are expected to have written English and Mathematics GCSEs grade C/4 or above. You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to the programme by having previous experience of working in the early years, or with children, young people and families

    A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required if you are not already working in a setting. An employer DBS declaration form can be completed if you are working in an setting.

    All offers of a place on the Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies (Top Up) degree will be made to applicants after completion of meeting all the entry requirements, and will be conditional subject to:

    • a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time Distance Learning: £5,720
    • UK – Part Time Distance Learning: £950 per 20 credits
    • International – Full Time Distance Learning: £5,720
    • International – Part Time Distance Learning: £950 per 20 credits
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time Distance Learning: £5,550
    • UK – Part Time Distance Learning: £5,550
    • International – Full Time Distance Learning: £5,550
    • International – Part Time Distance Learning: £5,550
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • How will I be assessed on this Education top-up?

    There are no exams, you are assessed though course work.  These are two assessments per module and a dissertation

    Are there any special features on the Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)?

    Our focus is on providing a high-quality supportive learning opportunities for students who have followed academic or technical pathways.  You will be taught by a range of academics with professional backgrounds in early years, primary education, social work and health.  They aim to provide a robust learning experience that will support students to continue on their lifelong learning journey and open up opportunities for themselves to apply for postgraduate professional programmes, such as teaching, social work and youth work or continue onto a Master’s programmes.

    There is a strong focus on study skills which are embedded at the start of the programme to support all students to refresh or develop the skills required for success at Level 6.

    Students with an Early Years background can complete the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competences.

    How am I taught on the Early Years Top-Up?

    This is a distance learning programme that will involve two online taught twilight sessions per week for one year full time students, and one twilight session per week for part time students over two years.  There will also be tasks to support application of learning to the work place.

Staff


Michelle Bugby, Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)
Michelle Bugby

Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)


Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

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Eunice Lumsden, Head of Childhood, Youth & Families and Professor
Eunice Lumsden

Head of Childhood, Youth & Families and Professor


Faculty of Health, Education and Society

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Tanya Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)
Tanya Richardson

Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)


Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

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Peter Goy, Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)
Peter Goy

Senior Lecturer in Education (CYF)


Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

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Careers and Employability


Successful graduates of the Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies Top-Up could progress onto the following Master’s and postgraduate courses:

  • PGCE Primary Education QTS (5-11)
  • MA Social Work
  • MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice in Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing

Upon completion of the Top-Up in Early Years, Childhood and Family Studies, graduates could go onto careers in the following fields:

  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Youth work
  • Mental Health
  • Play Therapy