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Course summary

This course will enable students to convert their foundation degree or HND to a full BA (Hons) degree so they can progress their career within the field of early childhood education and care. The course aims to provide a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the main features of early childhood education and care and you will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of disciplines as the programme draws on aspects of social policy, leadership and management and inclusion. Studying the course part-time will provide you with the flexibility to combine paid employment with study. As an Early Childhood Studies graduate you will have the opportunity to become part of an interdisciplinary workforce which encompasses early childhood in all its diverse aspects. Many pursue a broad range of careers, working in children’s centres, schools, nurseries, social services, local authority support teams, and charitable organisations. There is also the opportunity to pursue a career in teaching through PGCE or School Direct.


Please refer to the Birmingham Newman University website for details.

Assessment method

Please refer to the Birmingham Newman University website for details.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is currently unable to accept applications from international learners.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants will need to have 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5. Entry requirements are flexible and recognise a range of academic qualifications as well as relevant work experience. Applicants must obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


The DBS is not a requirement for application or enrolment; though if your work placement involves working with children or vulnerable adults, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required before starting any work placement. Please contact [email protected] for further information regarding DBS requirements.

Unistats information

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Whole course
Channel Islands £9250 Whole course
England £9250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9250 Whole course
Scotland £9250 Whole course
Wales £9250 Whole course

Additional fee information

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course, where applicable. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments.
Early Childhood Studies (top-up) at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS