BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up)

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up)

UCAS Code: X312 Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 11/09/2023    
UCF University of Surrey


About the course

Take your knowledge further with this one-year top-up degree, learning in both the classroom and through work placements about what influences outcomes for children. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.

Course highlights

  • This course is a one-year top-up degree which can convert your existing qualifications, such as an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject, and/or experiences into a full degree
  • It is taught over three days per week and has full-time status
  • Can provide a route into careers related to early years, health, social care and education – start your journey in training to become a teacher
  • Offers the chance to gain vital work experience and exposure to different industries through weekly work placements (one day per week) and additional two to three-week block placements
  • Has previously involved educational trips, including exploring the Reggio Emilia approach to education in Italy and visiting early years centres, schools and local authorities in Finland

Why study this course with us?

Many factors in today’s society influence how children learn and develop during their early years. During this degree you will study at a higher level, discovering the range of factors that can impact outcomes for children and exploring how professionals can intervene to improve practices. Upon graduating you will have the knowledge and skills to lead practice and to enable progression onto EYTS Initial Teacher Training.

At Farnborough, your lecturers will have experience working in a range of early years and education settings. This will give you a full insight into your subject in the classroom and beyond. Staff attendance at conferences and additional training also ensures that teaching reflects up-to-date practices in the industry.

As well as exploring key theories and research, you will have the opportunity to put what you learn into practice through weekly work placements (one day per week). This will enable you to develop personal, practical and transferable skills, as well as gaining experiences that can help set you apart from other graduates when starting your new career.


Who is this programme for?

This degree is suitable for those who are passionate about working with children or within the early years sector, such as in schools, hospitals and residential care homes. You might currently be studying a foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course following relevant professional qualifications and/or experience in the workplace.

What will I study?

During this degree you will explore how different teaching methods, support services and intervention techniques play a part in children’s development. You will be encouraged to develop a reflective, inclusive and professional approach within your own workplace practices. As part of the course you will complete a dissertation where you will have the opportunity to research a topic of special interest.


Fee Per Year £8000

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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Your course

How will I be taught?

A range of teaching techniques are used in this degree to deliver content in useful and varied ways. This includes lecture-based presentations, practical sessions including role play and observation, individual and group project work, and individual presentations.

Work-based experience is a key feature of this course. You will be required to spend one day per week on work placement with additional two to three-week block placements during your studies.

What modules are covered?

  • Dissertation
  • Early Childhood Pedagogy
  • Early Intervention and Support
  • Critical Issues in Inclusive Practice
  • Early Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Professional Studies 1: Professional Issues
  • Professional Studies 2: The Reflective Practitioner

How will I be assessed?

You will normally be assessed throughout your course to test your understanding within each module. This will be done through written assignments, case studies, poster presentation, formal examinations, project reports and dissertation.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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Your future

What Next?

There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

Jobs directly related to early childhood studies degrees include:

  • Early years teacher
  • Education consultant
  • Family support worker
  • Health play specialist
  • Learning mentor
  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
  • Social worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Youth worker

Jobs where a degree in early childhood studies might be useful include:

  • Child psychotherapist
  • Children’s nurse
  • Community development worker
  • Counsellor
  • Educational psychology
  • Speech and language therapist

Transferable Skills

  • Independent learning
  • Written and oral communication
  • Team working
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Problem solving
  • IT Skills
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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are separate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - X312

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?


  • A Foundation Degree or equivalent
  • A level 5 higher education qualification in a relevant subject
  • Evidence of relevant work experience and/or recent study, following a successful interview

Applications are considered on an individual basis, and we recommend that you apply even if you are not sure that you meet the criteria above.

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required. 

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