Undergraduate study

Course overview

The BA (Hons) Young Children and Early Childhood (Top-Up Degree) provides a progression route from the Early Years Sector Endorsed FdA and the UCAPD Children and Early Childhood (Bridging Module) for experienced practitioners who would like to achieve a degree in early childhood.

The degree enables practitioners working within the children's workforce to meet the government’s aspirations to have graduates leading early years practice.


Course details

The course content is structured into core modules to develop your professional skills and reflective practice through an interdisciplinary study of children and childhood. You will study a module on research methods (Researching Early Childhood) and write a dissertation (Individual Practice Project) on a topic your choice.

Course structure

Core modules

Children and Early Childhood Dissertation

Critically Analysing Early Year Policy and Provision

Critically Analysing Early Year Policy and Provision provides the opportunity to further your understanding of the effects of government policy and wider social and economic trends by studying provision relating to early childhood and its funding, governance, welfare and employment patterns. Links are made to assist you in developing a critical understanding of how recent changes in your local area are structured by changes in local, national and international economic and social policies, and the impact of these changes on diverse groups of children and their families.

Leadership for Early Years

This module helps you understand and apply leadership and management support within an early years context. It provides you with opportunities, both academic and practical, for critical engagement and implementation of leadership and management theories and research, with particular focus on leadership strategies to early years settings.

Researching Children and Early Childhood

Responding to Special Educational Needs

You explore issues and challenges surrounding inclusive provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), and investigate and discuss a range of SEN that children may have. You critically evaluate the intervention and support strategies used in early years setting and are encouraged to debate the wider policies and practices associated with inclusion and the impact of these upon the child. You also explore legislative frameworks that govern inclusive practice within early years.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Depending upon the degree pathway you are studying you will be taught via lectures, seminars and tutorial groups.

Blended learning students will be taught via lectures and workshops during the residential days, with additional online learning via the virtual learning environment (BlackBoard). Telephone tutorial support will be available throughout your studies. In addition, time is set aside during the residential day for face to face tutorials.

September intake for blended learners or part-time study. February intake for blended learners only.

BA (Hons) Young Children and Early Childhood (Blended Learning): two-day residential at the beginning of every module 9.00am - 5.00pm, Teesside University.

BA (Hons) Young Children and Early Childhood weekly attendance Wednesday evenings 5.00pm - 8.00pm, Teesside University.

How you are assessed

Assessment is through written work, group work, presentations and essays. You will also complete a research proposal and a dissertation.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements vary depending upon the pathway studied.

BA (Hons) Young Children and Early Childhood (part time/blended learning):
- a foundation degree in early years or relevant equivalent qualification
- a relevant teaching certificate at level 5 with at least three years’ experience of working in early years
- successful completion of the UCAPD Children and Early Childhood (Bridging Module)

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

There are a range of career opportunities within the children’s workforce for graduates. These include working within private day nurseries, schools, children’s centres, parent support advisers, hospitals and museums. Additionally, many graduates continue their studies and progress on to teacher training or further their study at master's level and study on the MA Education or MA Early Years Education.

Upon completion of the degree you can gain qualified teacher status with an early years specialism by following a PGCE taught course, or progress on to a school-based teacher training programme, either through School Centre Initial Teacher Training or through schools direct. Please see the Department for Education website for more information.



  • Not available full-time


From Sept 2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 1 year part-time or blended learning
  • Attendance: Attendance varies according to programme choice - see below for more information
  • Enrolment date: September – part-time and blended learning; February – blended learning only
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

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