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BA (Hons) Early Childhood – Top-up (University of Chichester)

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Course NameStart DateEnd DateCampusTotal Fees 
L6 BA (Hons) Top Up Degree in Early Childhood Studies (CU)07/09/202224/05/2023Bishopsfield Road (Fareham College)£6,000.00Available for applications

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Information about this Course

Study Type
Higher Education

Course Area
Early Years & Education


1 year.

Entry Requirements

240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5) in a related subject such as Early Childhood or Teaching and Learning Support.

Alternatively, a relevant Foundation Degree in Early Childhood or a relevant Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning – or the international equivalent of 240 credits (120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5).

Course Information

The Top-up BA (Hons) Early Childhood programme explores the subject of children, childhood and families from a national and global context, and a range of perspectives such as philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological, cultural, educational, health, welfare, legal, political and economic. Significant government policy and provision will be critically examined in relation to each module.

The units of study will include:

·         Early education in adventurous environments

·         Leading and managing professional practice

·         Special needs and disability

·         Children’s literature and the media

·         Completion of an independent project.

This course is delivered through presentations, portfolio, reports, exams and essays.


Graduate Practitioner Competencies

If you already have a ‘full and relevant’ level 3 qualification and Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English, you may be eligible to apply for Graduate Practitioner Competencies, which provides an opportunity to strengthen and enhance practice, skills and knowledge.

Find out more here - Graduate Practitioner Competencies or email


You may wish to continue your professional and academic development. Routes available include Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or a Masters in Early Years Professional Practice. Should you wish to consider EYTS you must have GCSE (grade 5 or above) or equivalent in Maths, English and Science to undertake this route. You could also apply to complete a SCITT programme.