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Top Up - Early Childhood Development and Learning BA (Hons) Degree


The Early Years sector is undergoing radical and rapid change. The 0-5 age range is an area in which a well qualified workforce has been identified as the key to raising the quality standards of early year’s provision and has been highlighted as a government priority. Reforms state everyone who works with children and young people must have common core skills and knowledge to help them work better together, communicate better and have a firm basis on which to build their career in children’s services. This recognition demands that the early year’s work force is fully equipped and trained to meet the holistic needs of young children. Therefore, this course is designed to prepare knowledgeable graduates with the ability to work towards the changing requirements for Early Years Practitioners in light of the developments within the Department for Education (DfE)(2013) More Great Childcare.


This BA (Hons) provides a child-centred approach, as well as a framework for academic and professional skills development, that meets the roles within the sector for those working with children and their families. The government want more high graduates to work in the early year’s sector so they can plan, organise and run a wide range of learning and play activities for young children in safe and supportive settings, leading best practice for their organisations. The course supports you to develop acritical awareness of the key concepts and principles of the common core of skills and knowledge for the children and young people’s workforce specified with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is tailored to prepare you for the employment market by ensuring that foundations, for entering graduate professions in the early year’s field, are laid.

You will be able to take advantage of a range of opportunities to work with children, families and support agencies in early year’s settings. For some, this is an opportunity to progress into the teaching profession through graduate teacher training; whether into primary school teaching (primary PGCE); the new early year’s specialist teacher (ITT) or through graduate teacher training programme (GTTP).


  • Researching and assessing children and families
  • Leadership and management of an early year’s environment
  • Special educational needs
  • Research project

On successful completion of the programme you should be able todemonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Working in early years settings – you will examine the legislation, safeguarding, health and safety, team working and management involved in childhood development. You will also develop a understanding of managing and leading in an early years setting;
  • The importance of collaborative working and positive relationships working with children – you will look at the role of multi-agency working and positive supportive relationships with children. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the range of education, health and welfare provision to promote children’s health and wellbeing and continue to develop their awareness of the role of team and partnership working;
  • Theoretical and practical concepts relating to children’s learning and development – you will explore a range of theories and practical aspects relevant to children’s learning and development. You will also develop your awareness of children’s learning and healthy development with application to diverse children including those with special educational needs;
  • Values and principles working with children and families – you will develop an understanding of the effective practice with children andfamilies. You will also explore researching children and families and ethical considerations that must be included;
  • Assessing and promoting children’s healthy development and learning– you will develop the skills to assess and promote healthy development and learning. You will also critically examine and reflecton own potential contribution to promoting children’s healthy development and learning and analyse a range of factors that impact of health and wellbeing and assess how they can be addressed to diverse range of children.


This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and casestudies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, whichis vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we will assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place during and at the end of each six-week block.


As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Entry Requirements

UK/EU Students

Level 4 and 5 qualifications (Foundation Degree or HND) and 260 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.5.

This course also requires a completed DBS check, either dated within 3 months of the course start date or applied for within 6 weeks of the course start date. For September, November, April and June intakes, we will contact you within 6 weeks of your start date to request your DBS documents. For January and February intakes, you must already have a valid DBS in place, and provide us with proof, in order to enrol onto the course. If you do not have this in place in time, then we will defer you to a later intake.


Full-time course is: £7,102 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,775.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £7,102. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,775.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £7,102.

International course fees is: £10,361 per year


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Additionally, the programme provides opportunity to develop key employability skills valued by employers; skills of team work, independent work, presentation, role play and an ability to articulate effectively in a variety of contexts. Today’s employers in the public, private and voluntary early years sectors seek professionals to raise the standards and quality of early years provision who can function seamlessly in today’s modern and complex children's environments and have a thorough knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Our Early Childhood Studies courses have been designed to give you a thorough grounding in early year’s skills and the professional qualifications you’ll need to pursue a hugely rewarding career.


We plan to support you on your journey from student to graduate and hopefully employment by facilitating and encouraging work placements and internships to help you stand out from other graduates.

Sandwich years and placements give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Course code:

  • 1 year full-time; 14 months part-time (UK/EU only)

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Part time


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787