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BA (Hons) Early Years - Top-up

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This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Please note that this course is based at the AHED site in Winchester. It is also available at Queen's Park Academy in Bournemouth - please search course code H31H.

This course is currently undergoing revalidation for September 2022  - please be aware that there may be minor changes to the content outlined below.

Who is the course for?

The BA (Hons) in Early Years is a one year ‘top-up’ course which has been designed for those who have completed the Foundation Degree in Early Years (or equivalent Early Years qualification at level 5) and want to progress on to achieve a full Bachelor of Arts degree with honours (BA (Hons). The qualification is designed for those working or wishing to work with children from birth, within the Early Years Foundation Stage, to the end of the Reception Year in Schools. It includes those working or wishing to work as nannies and child minders providing that the children being cared for are within the age range. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

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What are the aims of the course?

The course aims to provide a programme which engages with contemporary issues in Early Years care and education and prepares students for future management and leadership roles. It will encourage learners to use multidisciplinary sources, drawing on academic, theoretical and practical perspectives to inform and develop their understanding of children’s care, learning and development.

Students will have the opportunity to examine policy, research and practice in early childhood education, provision and care and apply multiple perspectives to early childhood issues recognising that early childhood studies involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications.

Students will explore a range of philosophical, psychological and sociological perspectives and consider how each perspective underpins different understandings of children and childhood. Students will also consider a range of social and emotional learning programmes and the theoretical frameworks they are based on to facilitate critical analysis of key issues in research. Students will practice, investigate and research key educational issues such as children's learning and development, behaviour management, diversity and inclusion. In addition students will develop their abilities to plan for the curriculum, assessment, evaluation and improvement of creative learning opportunities, taking account of young children's health and emotional well-being. Students will develop their ability to lead, support and work collaboratively and effectively with others such as parents, carers and other professionals and be able to recognise and challenge inequalities in society and embrace an anti-bias curriculum.

What topics will I be covering?

Course structure and module chartSee course structure chart for details of the modules you will study. The 60 credit dissertation module runs across all three terms.

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry qualifications?

All eligible applicants will be required to undertake an interview. Students should be employed in an Early Years setting in the private, voluntary or independent sectors and have either an Early Years Foundation Degree (or equivalent Early Years qualification at level 5) or a degree in an unrelated subject with a substantial experience of working with children from birth to 5 years. You should have achieved GCSE at Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Mathematics. All students who are not currently employed in an educational setting will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to the start of the course.

What could the course lead to?

The course prepares students for a leadership and/or management role in an Early Years setting as well as progression to Early Years Professional Status. Successful completion of this one year course will lead to a BA (Hons) in Early Years from Middlesex University.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes essays, reports, individual and group presentations, case studies, research reports and several work-based assignments. These strategies are also designed to enable the development of key transferable skills in the workplace. There are no examinations.

The  tuition fee for this course for 2022 entry is £5,950.

How to apply:

Applications can be made via UCAS or directly to Peter Symonds college via the website by selecting a degree subject, selecting your chosen course and then using the 'apply' online button on the right hand side of the course outline. Alternatively you can contact our student services on 01962 886166 and request a hard copy application form. Although courses commence in September you can apply for a place, subject to availability, up until the October half term.

Students should apply as soon as possible, as there are limited places available. Depending on demand for individual higher education programmes we will consider late applications provided they are submitted within three weeks following the commencement of the course.

Any queries should be directed to the Head of Curriculum, Paula Baker, on

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Courses Information

BA (Hons) Early Years - Top-up

Course Code: H22H
Course Dates: 20 Sep 2022 - 04 Jul 2023
Course Fees: £5950
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

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