Top up your early years qualification to a full honours degree on our intensive one-year course, which features two days of work-based learning every week.
You’ll investigate and study a range of early years issues including policy, practice and service development, leadership and change management, health promotion and inclusion, as well as two modules that reflect your specific interests.
There’ll be a strong emphasis on research and investigation, as well as work-based learning with an Early Years employer, generally for two days per week. You’ll also complete a research-led major project on a topic of your choosing.
Experienced early years professionals teach the course and will guide you through your studies, as you link theory to practice, children’s needs to policy, and your own growing knowledge to your professional experience.
On graduating you’ll be ideally equipped to begin your Early Years career or take it to the next level – or to carry on to postgraduate studies or research as a highly capable independent learner.
We’ve aligned this course to the requirements of the former Children’s Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework.
Our graduates go on to careers throughout the early years sector, as well as to postgraduate study and research. The course is excellent preparation for a career in teaching or education management.
We’ll assess your progress from your written assignments, presentations, major project and professional development portfolio. There are no exams on this course.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
Additional study information
By law you must have recognised qualifications, such as this degree, to work with early years children in the UK. There are excellent opportunities for qualified people in many areas of this growing sector.
Class sizes here are small and the practical exercises and seminars not only keep step with your academic studies but also focus on the very latest developments. We encourage our students to form study groups to discuss these issues and also to practise learning independently.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
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Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
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