Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Early Childhood (Top-up) (Q90)

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Course summary

You can gain our Top-up BA (Hons) Early Childhood in one or two years. If you’re an experienced early years practitioner, this top-up route lets you count previous study in a relevant subject towards our Top-up BA (Hons) Early Childhood. You’ll need to have a Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or Diploma of Higher Education in Early Years/ Early Childhood. Building on your prior study and experience, you’ll advance your professional development by completing two additional modules. They’ll cover working with children, and research with children and young people. This means you can achieve your degree in less time, while also gaining an excellent foundation for a career working with young children. Key features of the course

  • Offers a fast-track route to gaining our BA (Honours) Early Childhood
  • Encourages critical understanding and reflection on contemporary issues and debates in early childhood
  • Prepares you for further research, study, enquiry and practice


This top-up degree has one stage, comprising 120 credits. You’ll start at Stage 3, where you’ll study two modules – one that focuses on the development of a multidisciplinary professional workforce for children and one that will introduce you to a range of research methods and analytical techniques.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You must have an accepted qualification in an accepted relevant subject. You must be an experienced early years (0–7 years) practitioner. If ineligible for this top-up route, you may apply to transfer credits from your previous study towards our BA (Hons) Early Childhood (Q89) or BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) (Q94). Accepted qualifications: Diploma of Higher Education Foundation degree Higher National Diploma You must have been awarded your qualification within the last five years. Accepted subjects: Early Childhood Early Childhood Learning and Development Early Childhood Studies Early Years Holders of qualifications in related subjects may be eligible. Contact us at [email protected] for advice.

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Fees and funding

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Early Childhood (Top-up) (Q90) at Open University - UCAS