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Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) top up - full-time - 2019:20

Location:  Guildford College
UCAS Code:  X310
Year:  2019:20
Duration:  1 Year
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Awarding Body:  University of Greenwich
Level: 6
Tuition Fees: £ 6000 per academic year
Awarding Body Fee: £ 0
 Applications for full time Degree Level courses must go through UCAS until 30th June
12/09/2019Places Available
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Content / Overview

This programme builds on knowledge and skills developed at foundation degree level. It is also ideally suited to those who are employed in schools or nurseries or who wish to pursue the registered teacher's scheme or graduate teacher's scheme. The programme is designed to develop your understanding of the impact of social and environmental factors on the early years, increase your awareness of specific educational needs deriving from psychological, environmental and inherited factors and focus on knowledge of child health, the curriculum and management issues. You will also be able to improve your ability to select and use research materials by undertaking an independent study of your choice.

Course Modules

Students are required to study the following compulsory units:

  • Drama and Movement in the Early Years (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Management in Early Years Settings (15 credits)
  • Inclusion within the Early Years (15 credits)
  • Independent Study in the Early Years (30 credits)
  • Assessing Young Children's Learning and Development (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 1 unit from this list of options:

  • ICT in the Early Years Setting (15 credits)
  • Child Health Studies in Early Years (15 credits)

Why Study Here

  • A progression route for those working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and/or Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS)
  • 100% achievement rate for the past three years
  • Ideal pathway to fast-track onto Early Years Teacher Status,
  • A minimum of 30 days practical experience in Early Years settings
  • Strong pastoral care: weekly contact with a personal tutor
  • Modules link to everyday practice, the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum

Application Process

Apply online through UCAS at

Entry Requirements

An Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree or related subject with a minimum of 55% final grade profile at Level 5 or an HND in Early Childhood Studies with a minimum of 5 merits at Level 5 in the final year. You will also need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check

Knowledge & Understanding

You will obtain knowledge and understanding of:
  • The processes of learning and development in the Early Years including some of the key paradigms and their impact on educational practices.
  • The effect on learning in the Early Years of: health/education policies, politics, economic, cultural, historical and geographical factors and the moral, religious and philosophical underpinnings including issues of social justice.
  • The suitability of research methods in relation to purpose- including the importance of research ethics.
  • The complex interactions between Early Years education and its contexts and relationships with other disciplines and professions.

The acquisition of the knowledge and understanding required is attained through a combination of lead lectures, tutor and student-led seminars, case studies, coursework, discussion and practical workshop sessions. You will be encouraged throughout the programme to undertake independent reading and research to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. You will also be trained to use Blackboard and the Internet to enhance discussion and background knowledge

Cognitive (Thinking) Skills

You will acquire and develop ‘thinking’ skills, which will enable you to:
  • Reflect on your own value systems, development and practices
  • Question concepts and theories encountered in your studies
  • Interrogate the assumptions underpinning theory and research
  • Analyse complex situations concerning human learning and development in particular contexts
  • Create/design provision to meet needs in an Early Years setting.
Analysis, evaluation and creativity are developed during seminar teaching, examination of case studies and classroom discussion. The coursework requirements specifically require a demonstration and development of these skills. Feedback is provided to students on all work produced facilitating an opportunity for further development.

Practical Skills

You will acquire and develop the practical skills, which will enable you to:
  • Prepare information for a variety of purposes
  • Use computer tools and packages
  • Orally present information to individuals and groups
  • Manipulate data for research purposes

Practical skills are developed throughout the teaching and learning programmes through a mixture of lectures, seminars, computer sessions, workshop sessions and examining case studies.

Practical skills in the workplace will also be developed throughout the course. All students will be given advice on the location and use of material and in the LRC and the e-learning zone.

Transferable (Key) Skills

You will acquire and develop the transferable skills that will enable you to:
  • Express ideas verbally as well as through visual work
  • Work effectively within a team and individually
  • Analyse, synthesize, evaluate and identify problems and solutions
  • Improve your own learning and performance, including the development of study and research skills, information retrieval and a capacity to plan and manage learning
  • Work with others and use a range of interpersonal skills including oral as well as written skills
  • Use ICT including word processing, databases, Internet communication, information retrieval and on-line searches
  • Develop a reflective approach with regard to your Professional Development.

Transferable skills are developed throughout the teaching & learning programme. A reflective approach to one's role in the Early Years will be encouraged in a range of units. Use of ICT will be begin during induction and will be developed through a range of units. E-learning advisors will be available in the LRC. A range of courses also encourage the development of interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written.


You will be assessed continuously through essays, presentations, projects, seminars and an exam.

Further Studies

You could progress to a postgraduate programme in early years, teaching or social work or move on to a PGCE. The BA is recognised by the Initial Teacher Training Agency, and can be used as entry to their Graduate Teacher Scheme.


You could become an Ofsted inspector, manager with the Early Years and Childcare Service, teacher, manager of a children's charity, social worker or work in the allied caring or health professions.

Additional Information

There are bursaries available from the SEYCS please visit their website for details on how to apply The academic regulations for this programme can be found on the University’s website Terms and conditions for enrolment can be found on our website

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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