Early Childhood Studies (top-up) BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
1 Year
Location
Waterside
Start Date
Sept/July

Overview Updated 03/12/2018

If you have a Foundation Degree or HND, this course will progress you onto an honours degree. You will consolidate your knowledge of the holistic development of young children and have opportunities to apply your learning in the work place or in a placement setting. This is a particularly useful course if you are already working in this field.

Course

Highlights

  • Course sessions tailored around work placements.
  • Allows students to top-up qualification already gained.

Additional

Information

Work Experience

You will have the opportunity to undertake a four week placement to build your experience, and two weeks of fieldwork to gather research for your dissertation.

If you are already working in an early years setting, you can undertake one of the placements in your own workplace, or you can choose to work somewhere else to expand your experience.

Course Details

Your studies will be supported by tutors from a range of professional areas in the field of Early Childhood and you will have the opportunity to build on your knowledge and practice skills through the academic study of Graduate Leadership, Research and Inquiry, Early Years Pedagogy or Health and Social Care.  You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project in Early Childhood.

Along with your practical placements, you will gain real-world knowledge and expertise.

Read more

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

This degree is excellent preparation for any leadership role in an Early Years setting. It is also a strong foundation for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Early Years Teacher Status course or the School Direct route into teaching. If you want to continue along the academic route, the MA in Education (Early Years) or the MA in Social Work is also available to you.

Early Years Career Progression Map

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

 

Entry Requirements

In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to have written English and Mathematics GCSEs grade C/4 or above. You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous experience of working with children under the age of eight. You will also need to attend an interview.

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

For information on how to apply to study with us, 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.

Course Content

  • Children’s Services Dissertation (40 Credits)
    Module code: EYS4104
    Core Module Y
  • Personal, Academic and Professional Development 3: Graduate Leadership (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS3139
    Core Module Y
  • Research and Inquiry in Professional Contexts (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS3126
    Core Module Y
  • Work Based Placement 3 (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS3138
    Core Module Y
  • Specialist Option: Health and Social Care (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS3136
    Core Module N
  • Professional Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care (20 Credits)
    Module code: EYS3137
    Core Module N

Facilities &

Special Features

The inter-disciplinary approach of the course, covers education, health and social care. Combined with extensive work placements for students that are not already working in an early years setting, this course is tailored to prepare you for whatever future you choose

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Education (Early Years Pathway) MA

Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)

A range of PGCE courses

Student Stories

After graduating, Hayley set up her own nursery

“With the knowledge and skills I learnt through my degree I have been able to positively impact children and families.”

“I work in one of the highest areas of deprivation in Northampton and set up and manage a newly opened nursery; we have just received Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted inspection.”

Read how Early Childhood Studies graduate Hayley set up and manages her own nursery.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

Additional costs

Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,000
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,750

Additional costs

Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,200

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Updated 03/12/2018

  • If you have a Foundation Degree or HND, this course will progress you onto an honours degree. You will consolidate your knowledge of the holistic development of young children and have opportunities to apply your learning in the work place or in a placement setting. This is a particularly useful course if you are already working in this field.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Course sessions tailored around work placements.
    • Allows students to top-up qualification already gained.
  • Your studies will be supported by tutors from a range of professional areas in the field of Early Childhood and you will have the opportunity to build on your knowledge and practice skills through the academic study of Graduate Leadership, Research and Inquiry, Early Years Pedagogy or Health and Social Care.  You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project in Early Childhood.

    Along with your practical placements, you will gain real-world knowledge and expertise.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Work Experience

    You will have the opportunity to undertake a four week placement to build your experience, and two weeks of fieldwork to gather research for your dissertation.

    If you are already working in an early years setting, you can undertake one of the placements in your own workplace, or you can choose to work somewhere else to expand your experience.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      This degree is excellent preparation for any leadership role in an Early Years setting. It is also a strong foundation for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Early Years Teacher Status course or the School Direct route into teaching. If you want to continue along the academic route, the MA in Education (Early Years) or the MA in Social Work is also available to you.

      Early Years Career Progression Map

  • In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to have written English and Mathematics GCSEs grade C/4 or above. You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous experience of working with children under the age of eight. You will also need to attend an interview.

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

    For information on how to apply to study with us, 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.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Children’s Services Dissertation (40 Credits)
      Module code: EYS4104
      Core Module Y
    • Personal, Academic and Professional Development 3: Graduate Leadership (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS3139
      Core Module Y
    • Research and Inquiry in Professional Contexts (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS3126
      Core Module Y
    • Work Based Placement 3 (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS3138
      Core Module Y
    • Specialist Option: Health and Social Care (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS3136
      Core Module N
    • Professional Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care (20 Credits)
      Module code: EYS3137
      Core Module N
  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional costs

    Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,000
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,750

    Additional costs

    Placement is compulsory on this course and this may involve you traveling between campus and the placement setting.  You will be the responsible for the cost of this travel.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,200

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Boost your career prospects by topping-up your Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma to a full honours degree.

*Course data provided by Unistats

Is this course
for you?

Apply Now

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour