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Early Childhood Studies (Top-up)

University College Birmingham
Birmingham, Great Britain
On campus
 2394 Points
1 Year

Program Description

‘Top up’ your existing qualifications for a full BA (Hons) degree on our Early Childhood Studies top-up course. Strengthen your understanding of children’s development through in-depth, specialist knowledge and research to help you pursue your dream job in the sector.

Do you have knowledge of working with young children and their families? Want a career helping to shape the foundations for the future of the next generation? Our Early Childhood Studies top-up degree course builds upon your existing training for the early years sector and will help you become a highly qualified graduate practitioner ready to enter a rewarding career in this field.

Covering work with children aged 0-8 years, this top-up course is designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), boosting your understanding of childhood, development and growth as well as creating new learning opportunities. You will explore themes of leadership and management and key competencies for the early years' workforce, along with a range of optional modules, from pedagogical leadership in play to socio-historical aspects of childhood.

As part of our top-up Early Childhood Studies course, you will conduct in-depth research into a topic that matches your personal interests and ambitions, while you will also undertake a work placement related to your future career. On completing the course, you will be able to pursue a range of careers within the sector, while if you have ambitions to become a teacher, you can progress onto our PGCE Primary Education QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) postgraduate course.

There may be additional costs by this University.

Entry Requirements

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Core Modules

Dissertation (SEHC)

Enhancing Employability for Graduate Practice

Leading and Managing Systems

Choose one of the following:
Children's Voice
Pedagogical Leadership in Play
Socio-Historical Aspect of Childhood


  • Family support worker
  • Mental health nurse
  • Social worker
  • Learning mentor
  • Early years teacher/primary school teacher
  • Special educational needs coordinator

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