undergraduate (1 year)
Transform your existing qualifications into a full honours degree in just one year, and open up a world of career opportunities. Use your new skills to help you in your current job, to apply for a more senior position, or to continue into postgraduate study.
This one-year top-up course lets you build on your previous qualifications and experience in the early years sector. At the end of the year you’ll graduate with a full BSc (Hons) degree.
Here at University Centre Harlow, you’ll enjoy practical exercises and seminars which address the latest issues in childcare. You’ll learn about the relationships between early childhood, public policy, and the way services are provided to families. You’ll explore the link between theory and practice and how, when they’re used together, they benefit the early childhood sector.
The course will encourage you to develop your analytical and investigative skills. You’ll learn to spot where change is needed in the workplace, and to instigate it – something very much valued by employers.
Our class sizes are quite small, and you’ll receive teaching and support from helpful tutors who want to see you succeed. We’ll encourage you to become independent and organised in your work, but also to practise your teamworking as part of small study groups. One-to-one and group tutorials will provide you with regular feedback and help you to reach your potential.
This course takes into account the Children's Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework. It will teach you the skills you need to work effectively in the early childhood sector. Or, when you graduate, you might apply to study a Master’s degree, or a PGCE course which would qualify you as a primary school teacher.
We’ll assess your progress regularly, helping you to develop the skills you need. There aren’t any exams, but you’ll be assessed on work such as essays, critiques, a professional portfolio and reflective journal. You will also be assessed on visual and oral presentations, child study and observations as well as presentations of work to your employers.
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.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
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:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
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 email@example.com 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.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
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