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BA (Hons) Children, Learning and Development (Early Childhood) Top-Up

The BA (Hons) Children, Learning and Development is ideal for those who have recently completed a relevant foundation degree and requires students to be either working or volunteering in an appropriate setting for 14 hours per week during term time. The programme has two distinct pathways: Early Childhood or Education

Early Childhood (0-7)

Voluntary placements need to be undertaken in a school or early years setting rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted. Practice-based learning is combined with campus-based sessions at the UCNL; full-time attendance on the course is normally 7 hours, one day a week, over one year. Students studying part-time will attend one evening a week for two years. It is a work-based course which will see you combine practice-based learning with campus-based sessions, allowing you to continue in work whilst studying.

Programme Aims

  1. To prepare students in aspects of management and leadership in education to take wider responsibilities within their chosen field of practice
  1. To provide opportunities for study and critical evaluation of contemporary educational research
  1. To develop critically reflective and ethically aware educators of babies, children and young people
  1. To broaden students’ perspectives by developing awareness of international curricula and cultures in education or early childhood studies

During this programme, students will study 4 modules and will complete a dissertation. Core and pathway specific modules relevant to the chosen sector will be studied, which develop practice whilst challenging students’ understanding and knowledge of children and young people.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    1 Year Full Time

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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Full-time students will take the following modules over one year. Part-time students will do the same modules, but the order of modules will be different and negotiated with the individual student.

Modules are as follows:

– Leadership and Management in Early Childhood 20 credits

– Safeguarding 20 credits

– Contemporary Issues and International Comparisons 20 credits

– The Early Years Reflective Practitioner (Early Childhood pathway) 20 credits

– Dissertation 40 credits

A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, case studies, reflective logs and oral presentations. All assessments allow students to reflect on practice and make relevant links to theory and to develop key employability skills.

On this course you will study a range of engaging All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time
The programme will require private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.


Teaching and Assessment Methods

On this course you will be encouraged to become an active enquirer and participant in your own learning. Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods which reflect skills well suited to the early years sector, such as essays, case studies, poster and oral presentations and a dissertation project.

240 credits from an appropriate academic level 5 qualification

Level 2 Requirements (GCSE level):
Not a requirement but good practice: Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Additional requirements
• A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required.
• There is a requirement of either paid or voluntary placement, for a minimum of 2 days per week.

UCAS Institution Code N64

UCAS Course Code M7A2

Awarding Body University of Hull.

Duration of Study 1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)

We accept a diverse range of qualifications, this includes considering prior learning as credit towards your York degree. This means you can apply to be exempt from taking certain modules on your degree, if you have previous relevant qualifications or experience.

Recognition of prior learning

We can assess whether you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in order to be exempt from studying some required modules. This can be used in two ways:

  • Prior certificated learning (formal qualifications) at a level equivalent to higher education credit
  • Experiential learning where your work experience and non-certificated learning can be recognised.

As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.

This degree enables students to build on experience as an early year’s practitioner and develop new strategies for supporting children and working alongside colleagues and parents.  Career progression is varied and may include:

  • Early Years Teacher (after PGCE, SCITT or similar)
  • Primary Teaching (after PGCE, SCITT or similar)
  • Post Graduate Course
  • Nursery Management
  • Community Play Support
  • Teaching Assistant
  • School, Family and Welfare Liaison
  • Special Education Needs Support
  • Specialist Subject Support
  • Mentoring

Upon completion of the BA Hons Children’s Learning and Development, there is also the opportunity to progress to the MA Education Studies.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Trips and enhancement opportunities
  • A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: M7A2
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)
  • Campus code: N

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 01724 294125

Apply direct to UCNL if we are your only option