BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years (Top Up)Top-Up Degree • Level 4
About the course
If you’re an early years practitioner who has successfully completed a foundation degree in early years and childhood studies and you want to top-up to achieve an honours-level qualification, this course could be just what you’re looking for. We’ll support you to enhance your existing foundation degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Year (top-up) graduate. The course has been developed to help you to explore a range of early years issues within a broader educational context. Unlike some other early years courses, this syllabus is designed to stretch your knowledge beyond early years work to look at more general educational issues. This includes vital but often overlooked topics, such as management and leadership in early years education.
Type of LearningUniversity Study
Study ModeFull time
Awarded ByUniversity of Bolton
You’ll have successfully completed a foundation degree (FdA) or higher national diploma (HND) in early years and childhood studies (or another relevant qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5). We’ll need a positive reference from the programme leader of your Level HE5 course, and evidence that you have good oral and written communication skills and academic/study skills appropriate for studying at honours (HE6) level. You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
• Dissertation (Early Years) • The Illusion of Inclusion • Investigating the English Language • Leadership and Management in the Early Years • Global Perspectives on Education
We use a combination of face-to-face sessions (such as lectures, seminars and group work), electronic-based resources and electronic communications. We’ll support your development of research skills through individual learning and independent research. You’ll also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments. In terms of assessment, you can essays, written reports and assignments, presentations, research exercises, case studies, and others. These may contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes, or be designed to help consolidate your learning. We’ll provide you with regular feedback and support with your assessments drafts. These will help to identify areas where you need extra support from your tutors or student services.
Careers & Progression
The BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years (top-up) provides an ideal opportunity for those students who are pursuing a degree in early years and childhood studies to develop a greater understanding of the psychology and philosophy of education and explore educational leadership. This course offers an excellent foundation for careers working with children and young people in many sectors including health, education and social care. As a graduate, they key transferable skills you will possess include communication, team work, leadership, planning and organisation and the ability to solve problems. What can I do with this qualification? Graduates of this course will be able to apply for postgraduate courses in teacher education and other related fields, as well as employment opportunities in the field of education, such as family support workers, teaching assistants and learning mentors Whilst the course does not lead directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), it does allow access to career pathways that require a full honours degree. Previous graduates have taken up posts through Schools Direct as well as progressing onto postgraduate courses in teacher education and other related fields. On successful completion you may progress to a more senior role within education and professional development or consider pursuing further study, including PGCE or other professional master's programmes.