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Course summary

Boost your early years career while you work with our top-up degree in education

  • Graduates of this course are now teaching and working in the early years, child protection and social care sectors.
  • Our lecturing team is experienced in supporting you to work alongside your studies.
  • Study innovative and international approaches to how young children engage in learning.
Take your career in the early years sector to a management level or prepare for a future in teaching. Early Years Education (Top-Up) emphasises leadership and higher level research techniques. This Early Years Education course has a strong work-based learning ethos. Our graduates are now working in the early years, child protection and social care sectors, and teaching in primary and higher education. Taught by University Centre Weston.


You’ll study innovative approaches to how young children engage in learning, observe children in their own learning environment, and develop effective strategies to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.The Early Years Education Top-Up also features a dissertation, which offers you the chance to study an area of professional interest at length and develop your academic research and writing skills in preparation for postgraduate study. Honours Top-ups are Level 6 qualifications that enable the conversion of a Foundation degree or equivalent qualification into a full Honours degree.

Assessment method

Assessment is via a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework. The assessment breakdown is 10% practical exams and 90% coursework. There are no written exams on this course.

How to apply

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University Centre Weston
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University accredited Foundation Degree in Early Years or equivalent qualification and will normally have achieved a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year two of your Foundation degree or equivalent qualification. If you do not have formal qualifications, previous experience may be taken into account. Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis. It is a condition of entry that you will have secured a suitable work-based learning setting by the time of admission.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Please be aware that you will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure check prior to undertaking school placements.


We normally invite a number of applicants to our interview days. You’ll be asked to complete a short written task, and then you’ll have an individual interview with a member of the programme team. We’re looking for your motivation to study the course, and also evidence that you keep up­-to­-date with developments in the sector. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you have.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8900 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8900 Year 1
England £8900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8900 Year 1
Scotland £8900 Year 1
Wales £8900 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Early Years Education (Top Up) at Bath Spa University - UCAS