The BA (Hons) Early Years, Childcare and Education course is validated by the
Open University. This degree will equip you with the understanding, skills and
knowledge to enhance your performance in your current role and to enable career
progression. Your programme of study will be closely linked to the workplace.
This qualification is a classroom-based course.
You will study a selection of modules. Students will complete 120 credits per
Level 4 – Modules
- Academic Research and Study Skills 20 credits
- Equality and Inclusion 20 credits
- Early Years Policy and Curriculum 20 credits
- Emergent Literacy and Numeracy 20 credits
- Work-Related Learning 20 credits
- Child Development 20 credits
Level 5 – Modules
- Introduction to Research 20 credits
- Children’s Rights 20 credits
- Safeguarding 20 credits
- The Child in Context 20 credits
- Social and Emotional Skills 20 credits
- Professional Development and Partnerships 20 credits
Level 6 – Modules
- Contemporary Issues in Health and Well-Being 30 credits
- Leadership and Management 30 credits
- Action Research Project 60 credits
As a distinctly vocational qualification, the BA (Hons) in Early Years,
Education and Care provides knowledge, skills and professional attitudes
associated with early years’ childcare and education.
For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of three years.
Attendance is one day per week plus placement. The course will take place at our
Ardleigh Green campus.
All students will be expected to have achieved a full Level 3 qualification
in a relevant subject area such as Childcare, Early Years, Play Work or Health
& Social Care, or 48 UCAS points (120 old tariff) from A Levels in a
relevant subject, such as Health & Social Care, Psychology, Sociology &
Social Policy or Access to HE qualification (proof required).
All students will be expected to have GCSE Maths and English Language
qualifications at grade C or above (grade 4 on new framework), or functional
skills Level 2 in Maths and English. Please note, the college reserves the right
to accept evidence of working towards a maths qualification upon completion of a
Students will also be required to achieve a minimum of Level 2 literacy in
their skills assessment.
Where possible, a decision will be made based
on your application, however, we may need to invite you to attend an interview
and assessment. The session will include: a written case study exercise; and a
A minimum age of 18 years is a requirement.
Previous experience in an Early Years setting is required.
Employment in an Early Years setting, or the availability to be placed for a
minimum of 12 hours per week is required. Placements need to be sourced yourself
and be within the Childcare & Education sector.
If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via www.UCAS.com. Our institution code is H14 and the
course code is X310.
Where will it take me?
On completion of this course, you could further your career through
professional postgraduate study, for example, Teaching, Early Years, Social
Work, Speech and Language Therapy courses. Previous students have gone into the
above professions as well as Early Intervention Services and local authority
Course Assessment Method
You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme
team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and
development as you progress through the programme.
Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the
teaching of each module and will usually involve submitted
assignments/in-programme assessments, reports and presentations. Many
assessments are designed to reflect specific elements of Early Years practice.
The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student
registered in full-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits
over one academic year and will attend College for one day per week. Students
will either be working or volunteering within an educational setting and be able
to commit to self-study alongside the programme.
All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of Early
Years & Education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be
your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns.
Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be
the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.
Notes About Fees
Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.
Find out more by speaking to Admissions:
- For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
- For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
- For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801
- To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
- You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
- You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.