Early Years Education (Work-Based)

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How to Apply

The programme builds and extends upon the work-based learning ethos of the Early Years foundation degree and provides you with the necessary management and problem-solving skills valued by employers and vital for career success in the workplace.

This is a one-year work-based learning programme leading to honours degree qualification.

Why study Early Years Education (Work-Based)?

Our undergraduate Education Studies courses are exciting and innovative, preparing for teacher training or a range of other careers in schools and industry. We provide a wide range of Masters Degrees and for teachers and other professionals. Our success derives from our excellent relationships with schools and many other organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Course structure

This  course is ideal for those already employed in an appropriate Early Years setting and wish to study whilst working. The course is delivered at Weston College for one day per week for one year full-time. However, as a member of the course you will be a student on a Bath Spa honours degree.

At honours level you will play an important role in the management of your own learning by:

  • building on skills developed during your foundation degree or equivalent qualification such as reflective practice, report-writing, critical evaluation, portfolio development, presentation and ICT skills
  • gaining advanced research techniques by identifying a research proposal and project plan in preparation for a work-based project based upon a topic/issue arising from your work-based setting
  • undertaking a 40-credit work-based learning project module which will equip you with project management and decision-making skills whilst in a work-based setting
  • undertaking a leadership, teamwork and management module which will enhance your career potential in the Early Years sector

You will study innovative approaches to how young children engage in learning, observe children in their own learning environment and develop strategies to promote their literacy skills in Early Years settings.


  • Planning and Research Methods
  • Symbolic Representation: The Foundations of Literacy and Numeracy
  • Early Childhood Education: International Perspectives
  • Work-based Project
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Management

Course assessment

Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways:

  • Workplace portfolios;
  • Reflective journals;
  • Critical reading and analysis;
  • Practice in the workplace;
  • Work-based research proposal;
  • Work-based project report;
  • Case studies;
  • Seminar presentations;
  • Written essays.

There are no examinations.

The School of Education at Bath Spa University is one of the largest providers of education in the South West and has outstanding (Grade 1) Ofsted ratings for all three of its teacher education programmes: Primary, Secondary and Further Education.

Teaching methods

Much of the learning for the BA (Hons) Early Years Education (Work-based) programme will take place in your work setting. You will be designated a project supervisor who will provide you with guidance and support for your work-based project module.

Taught sessions will take place one day a week at Weston College to enable you to continue in employment. These will include lectures, group activities, seminars and workshops, additional tutorials may be arranged to suit your individual needs.

You will have the support of a personal tutor throughout your studies and you will also be allocated a mentor to support your work-based learning and professional development.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

Darran George at Weston College:

Telephone: (01934) 411512.

Victoria Trachy at Bath Spa University:

Telephone: (01225) 876179.

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

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.

Career opportunities

For the BA (Hons) Early Years Education (Work-based) programme potential career pathways are as follows:

  • teacher training*
  • social work training
  • management role in Early Years centres
  • work in child protection
  • work in local Sure Start projects
  • work in integrated centres
  • community liaison work

*If you wish to become a teacher you can apply for the PGCE teacher training course at Bath Spa University when you have completed the honours degree.

* Students wishing to undertake a PGCE in Primary or Middle Years at Bath Spa University will need five GCSEs passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English, Maths and a Science subject.

What students say...

'I thoroughly enjoyed this module and the information I have learnt has stuck with me and I have been able to apply it to other situations.  I thought the teaching was excellent, using a variety of methods and continually reinforcing what has already been learnt'.

'I thought this module really helped in understanding the process of children's learning.  The enthusiasm of the lecturer was infectious and I found it really enjoyable'.