This top-up version of our BA (Hons) Early Childhood degree enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years/Early Childhood Learning and Development, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Early Childhood Studies to enter the course directly at Stage 3.
Key features of the course
- Matches the final stage of our BA (Honours) Early Childhood (Q89)
- Encourages critical understanding and reflection on contemporary issues and debates in early childhood
- Prepares you for further research, study, enquiry and practice
To be eligible for the top-up route to this degree, you will be an experienced early years practitioner and hold a Foundation Degree in Early Years/Early Childhood Learning and Development, Higher National Diploma (HND) or DipHE in Early Childhood Studies awarded within the last five years.
The next start date will be in October 2018 and applications need to be submitted by August 31st 2018. You need to complete and send the application form, along with relevant documentary evidence, to the Faculty as indicated on the form.
Please note: If you're holding either the Foundation Degree in Early Years or Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice from the OU you will not need to complete the Q90 application form.
Skills for career development
This degree is designed to contribute to the development of a highly skilled and effective workforce and to integrated coherent services for children. In addition to specialist knowledge and understanding of early childhood, it emphasises independent thinking, develops analytical and communication skills and will help you become a clear and confident writer – all attributes that are highly valued by employers.
You will acquire a broad set of employability skills, including:
- analysing, critically evaluating and effectively communicating information to others
- competence in team and project work, supporting and/or supervising others
- organising, synthesising and questioning opinions and arguments
- evaluating the appropriateness of different approaches to problem-solving
- managing and organising time, resources and information to support decision-making
- reflecting on your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve it
- using ICT effectively and being able to interpret data.
This BA (Hons) Early Childhood is an excellent foundation for entry to a range of careers working with and for young children and their families. If you are already in employment the degree may enable you to access a management role.
The degree is also suitable for those wanting to move into careers in teaching, health or social work. Please note that GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Maths are normally required for post-graduate study and for teaching a GCSE Grade C pass in Science is also a requirement.
The BA (Hons) Early Childhood may be helpful if you’re interested in further training for Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Early Years Teacher Status -Birth to 5) or post graduate qualifications in primary teaching with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, we cannot guarantee automatic progression to initial teacher education (ITE). Check with your local ITE training provider about their entry policy.
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Last updated January 16, 2018