BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies (Top-up)

Our top-up Early Childhood Studies Degree with Honours is for those interested in the development, care and education of young children. It is concerned with ideas and practices that are drawn from a range of disciplines, including history, psychology, philosophy, sociology, law and management, all of which contribute to the field of early years.

During the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies you are introduced to the study of each of these distinctive disciplines within the context of examining early years services, policies and procedures.

What will I study?

  • International Perspectives
  • Dissertation
  • Outdoor Play and Learning
  • Children’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Children and Digital Technology

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a range of methods which will enable all students to optimise their performance.  The assessment methods include learning portfolios, essays, child study and presentation.  In addition, you will complete an individual research project.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars with the opportunity for individual and group work. All students will undertake private study to complement and extend the learning in the classroom.  In addition, all students will have regular tutorials and implement learning in the workplace. Students will be expected to participate in weekly forums on the College virtual learning environment.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff Profile:  Sara Rackham

Sara has an MA in Childhood and Youth and started out teaching in primary schools.  Her research interests are social construction of childhood and child development.

Entry requirements

  • Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies


  • 240 credits from level four and five in Early Years or Childhood Studies based qualification
  • or
  • A qualification totalling 96 Tariff points


  • Satisfactory reference and successful interview

There may be an opportunity for students to be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APL) or other uncertificated learning APEL, if credit or experience are deemed relevant by the programme team 

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Successful completion can progress to a PGCE course or the MA in Education at the College.  Employment opportunities include working in nurseries, schools, community centres, teaching and any other areas working with children and families. You can also progress your career in a management role.

Additional information

The course places significant emphasis on the implementation of theory to practice, and aims to develop high level practitioner skills in conjunction with academic knowledge and understanding.  Consequently, students will spend time in placement in a working or voluntary capacity for 150 hours for the year.

Validated by the University of Hull