- BA (Hons) Early Years Education
- Taught by
- University Centre Weston
- Course length
- One year
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: X314
- Campus Code: C, WESTON
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.
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Boost your early years career while you work with our top-up degree in education.
- Graduates of this course are now teaching and working in the early years, child protection and social care sectors.
- Our lecturing team is experienced in supporting you to work alongside your studies.
- Study innovative and international approaches to how young children engage in learning.
Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.
Take your career in the early years sector to a management level or prepare for a future in teaching. Early Years Education (Top-Up) emphasises leadership and higher level research techniques.
This Early Years Education course has a strong work-based learning ethos. Our graduates are now working in the early years, child protection and social care sectors, and teaching in primary and higher education.
“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
You’ll study innovative approaches to how young children engage in learning, observe children in their own learning environment, and develop effective strategies to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.
The Early Years Education Top-Up also features a dissertation, which offers you the chance to study an area of professional interest at length and develop your academic research and writing skills in preparation for postgraduate study.
You'll be taught by our highly qualified lecturing team, who are all experienced in supporting students who work alongside their studies. Their academic specialisms cover subjects including international perspectives on education and the environment.
Honours Top-ups are Level 6 qualifications that enable the conversion of a Foundation degree or equivalent qualification into a full Honours degree.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is via a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework. The assessment breakdown is 10% practical exams and 90% coursework. There are no written exams on this course.
How will I be taught?
This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, skills practice, presentations, case studies and group workshops.
You’ll be invited to attend optional day trips and longer residential visits at an additional expense.
Work placements, industry links and internships
This course features expert guest lecturers at no additional expense. Students from this course were also recently invited to attend an Early Years Research Conference at UCW.
Students who pass this course are eligible to apply for postgraduate study, such as MA Education (Early Childhood Studies) at Bath Spa.
Many graduates from the course have also sought to enter the education profession on other pathways, such as initial teacher training with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Graduates of this course are also qualified to work in management roles in areas including nurseries, childrens' centres, and community and family projects.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
This course is taught at UCW’s Knightstone Campus in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. You'll also have full access to the brand new learning facilities and extended opening hours on offer at the Winter Gardens on Weston seafront.
Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.
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Interested in applying?
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