BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-up

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    If you are an experienced early years practitioner, and are committed to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, this top-up degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect programme to enhance your career opportunities. While studying our top-up degree, you will develop skills as a critically reflexive practitioner and learn to be a visionary leader needed for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You will reflect and review practice and policy and learn the importance of encouraging a child's development in partnership with their family and other professionals. You will be supported to develop skills of critical analysis and apply these to issues of current concern in the Early Years. In addition you will explore multiple perspectives of childhood and have the opportunity to research areas of personal interest in the Early Years.

    Example modules include:

    • The course includes modules in the following areas:
    • Adult Concepts
    • Current Issues
    • Global Childhoods
    • The Critically Reflexive Practitioner 
    • Dissertation

    The programme team has worked collaboratively with early years care and education providers for many years. As such, extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this programme through the engagement of early years' employers, head teachers, parents, children, practitioners and recent and past graduates. The exciting new development for this programme is that it offers opportunities for qualified, experienced practitioners and inexperienced applicants alike. There are two pathways for this programme.

    This course is taught over one or two days a week depending on the needs of the student. You will be expected to complete 84 hours of placement throughout the year. 

     For more information about regulations and policies relevant to studying with the Open University please visit our Wider Information Set page.

  • Progression Opportunities

    On completion of the BA (Hons) degree, you may wish to continue to study further and undertake postgraduate studies. Many of our graduates have also progressed to teacher training at primary level (PGCE Primary). Alternatively, you could opt to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Bridgwater & Taunton College with a view to teaching in post-compulsory education and training.

  • Career Progression

    You could secure employment in family support and projects working in a range of early years settings - children's centre worker, home/school liaison officer, early years practitioner or a role within a primary school. The Honours Degree could also lead to management and leadership roles with early years settings, children's centres and schools.

    As an early years professional, you can help transform children's lives and play an instrumental role in preparing them for learning and later life.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants must have a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent Level 5 qualification in an appropriate discipline. Students also require GCSE at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) in English and Maths or Equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

    Applicants must also be employed or volunteering in a relevant setting i.e. primary school, nursery, children's centre for a minimum of 84 hours per year.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.

  • Meet your lecturers

    Louise Hannan