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

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The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies aims to produce graduates who deploy systematic reasoning and demonstrate effective personal and professional skills. The scope of the programme continues developing theoretical knowledge of child development and refinement of individual pedagogies alongside strategic understanding of working with children 0-8 in all sectors. Reflecting the diversity of the local sector, the degree aims to enable flexibility of professional development appropriate to different settings, improving participants’ employability and effectiveness at work. In addition, it will enable students to progress to postgraduate and professional qualifications.

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 to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

  • Modules will have both taught elements and independent study in a blended learning approach which also includes an online session one evening a week for 2 hours. Taught sessions will include lectures, discussions, group work, presentation of research.
  • Regular individual tutorials
  • Module tutorials
  • The college offers study support, library and electronic resources and ICT facilities.
  • Students will be required to have a placement of 150 hours, this will help them through work based practical learning that provides them with opportunities reflect on ‘real life situations’
  • Students will be encouraged to utilise learning methods such as Moodle, e-learning, Padlet, flipped learning and the use of Office 365 applications such as TEAMS and One Drive

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

  • Standard Offer FD Degree In Early Childhood Studies


  • Other relevant level 5 qualification

Accreditation of prior learning Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) - refer to East Riding College Admissions Policy.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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