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Early Years Childhood Studies (Hons) (Top up), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
Bolton, United Kingdom
If you’ve already completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies, the Early Years Childhood Studies (Hons) (Top up) course at the University of Bolton is an opportunity to enhance your understanding of the theory and practice of early years’ work. We’ll support you as you develop higher-level skills and knowledge ready to take on additional challenges and responsibilities.
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Overview

If you’re an early years practitioner who has successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies and you want to top-up to achieve an Honours-level qualification, the Early Years Childhood Studies (Hons) (Top up) course could be just what you’re looking for. We’ll support you to enhance your existing knowledge, ready to achieve the status of BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies (Top-up) graduate.

At the University of Bolton, we believe that making the link between your course content and real life situations is crucial to your understanding of early childhood studies. Using their wealth of experience from a wide range of settings, our highly-qualified professional tutors will guide you through the theories and research that underpin early years practice and legislation. In some modules, you may be taught alongside professionals who work in related services and professions. Such connections help promote the multi-agency team approach that is such an important part of the early years childhood agenda.

We’ll support you as you explore areas such as children’s health and wellbeing, and management and leadership in early years, and focus on enhancing your research skills and understanding. We aim to help you gain critical, analytical and lifelong learning skills that will support your career development far into the future.

Highlights

  • This is a time of expansion for the early years’ sector with more funding available and further settings needed. Patrick Hayes, Director of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), said in 2016: ‘It is therefore realistic to expect, that at least 500 new nurseries will open in England, to cope with the need for extra places’.
  • Our staff members have a range of specialist areas, such as the teaching of English as an additional language and the improvement of children’s experience of schooling.
  • The course covers leadership and management in the early years, aimed at preparing you for additional responsibilities such as team leading or management roles in the sector.
  • Our close links and regular engagement with early years’ providers, employers and practitioners ensures our course delivery and content are up-to-date and in line with government policy and guidance.
  • Early years practitioners who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies can take this course before commencing a postgraduate degree.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use this qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers. These roles may require relevant experience and postgraduate study. Some of these careers include:
  • Play therapy
  • Counselling
  • Child psychotherapy
  • School liaison
  • Sports and outdoor education
  • Student welfare
  • Nursing
  • Educational psychology
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Community development
  • Consultancy and research
  • Media and journalism
  • Information and legal services
  • Libraries
  • Museum and gallery education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years
  • Developing Children’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Leadership and Management in the Early Years
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • You’ll have successfully completed a relevant qualification at Level HE5, such as a Foundation Degree (FdA) or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Early Years and Childhood Studies, or a professional qualification at an equivalent level.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12456 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12450 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9252 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Bolton

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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