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Early Years Education

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Early Years Education
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
One year
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: X314
Campus Code: C, WESTON

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University accredited Foundation Degree in Early Years or equivalent qualification with a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year two. However, if you do not have formal qualifications, previous experience may be taken into account.

View typical offers for more information.

Become a reflective practitioner, enabling career progression within the early years sector.

  • Apply theory to work-based practice.
  • Develop management and problem-solving skills vital for career progression.
  • Visit relevant early years settings.

This Early Years Education course has a strong work-based learning ethos; you’ll apply taught content to your work setting. When you graduate you’ll be well placed to progress in a career in the early years sector. Our graduates have secured senior positions in their settings, postgraduate teaching qualifications, and employment in the wider sector including child protection and social work.

“The course design and set-up is excellent. It provides practical insights that bring modules to life and enables you to experience many approaches to early learning. It’s great being able to study alongside other practitioners.”

Lauren, Early Years Education graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll study how young children engage in learning, observe children in their learning environment, and develop effective strategies to promote their literacy and numeracy. We’ll help you enhance your management, decision-making, research and project management skills, so that you to effect change in your workplace.

You’ll investigate how the early years curriculum is approached internationally, with the potential to undertake visits to settings in several European countries. Contextual understanding is also developed through the scrutiny of political influences on early childhood policy and practice, including issues of citizenship and democracy in early education.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through research critiques, project reports, presentations, and an extended reflective portfolio.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and work-based learning.

Opportunities

Field trips

From Wales to Denmark, you’ll have opportunities to participate in field trips to relevant settings across the Early Years Education modules. Please note that you will have to pay for these optional study visits.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at Knightstone Campus, University Centre Weston, with additional learning taking place within your work setting.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £12,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of successful completion of a related Foundation Degree/Higher National Diploma or equivalent with an average grade profile of 50% or above. External applicants will be interviewed.

Typical offers

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University accredited Foundation Degree in Early Years or equivalent qualification and will normally have achieved a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year two of your Foundation degree or equivalent qualification.

If you do not have formal qualifications, previous experience may be taken into account. Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.

It is a condition of entry that you will have secured a suitable work-based learning setting by the time of admission.

Please be aware that you will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure check prior to undertaking school placements.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We normally invite a number of applicants to our interview days. You’ll be asked to complete a short written task, and then you’ll have an individual interview with a member of the programme team. We’re looking for your motivation to study the course, and also evidence that you keep up­-to­-date with developments in the sector. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you have.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

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