BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies - ProgressionX121

    Course Overview

    Duration: 1 year full-time
  • Our Early Childhood Studies progression programme is a one-year course for those working in early years environments. Attending the university one day a week, students will develop key graduate skills and the ability to link theory, policy and practice.

    This course allows those with a Foundation Degree to 'top up' to a full Honours level award so that they can pursue career progression on to PGCE, PG Dip EYITT, School Direct or progress on to Masters level programmes.

    During the course, modules will focus on understanding childhood both locally and globally, discovering perspectives on play and learning, looking at policy and practice, and exploring leadership and management roles in children’s services. Students will also complete a dissertation in an early years area of their choosing.


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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Constructions of Childhood
  • Leading Quality in the Early Years
  • Perspectives on Play and Learning
  • Policy and Practice in Children's Services
  • Dissertation

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Students can progress on to our Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status, which is the preferred status for those running Early Years setting and children's and family centres. 

Students can also progress to teaching qualifications either on postgraduate programmes or through direct entry through School Direct. Students may also choose to progress to a range of postgraduate Masters Level programmes.

Course Leader

This course team led by Jan Gourd includes Dr Julie Evans, Christine Smith and Carolyn Hedges. Jan has co-authored two books published by Routledge in the field of early years practice and Julie has published on children's play.