Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Years: Teaching and Learning - Top-Up (Graduate Practitioner)

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Course summary

Reasons to choose Kingston – Kingston is second in the UK for Education (Guardian League Tables 2022) – This qualification is valued by employers and will be a mark of your professional excellence and expertise in the field of Early Years – You’ll be able to combine academic study with work-based learning, attending one teaching session per week at Kingston University and select evenings and/or Saturdays to complete your portfolio of evidence About this course If you work in Early Years and have a foundation degree in Early Years (or equivalent) which is full and relevant, this flexible course is ideal for developing your career. Your qualification will be recognised as full and relevant by the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network and the Department for Education. You’ll be able to balance studies with your employment and gain a full BA (Hons) degree as a Graduate Practitioner upon completion of 120 credits and an additional portfolio of evidence. The course has been designed to enable you to develop key knowledge and skills to enhance your professional role and the quality of your learning in order to make a positive impact in Early Years settings. By enrolling on the Graduate Practitioner route, you will have ongoing assessment against the criteria in a range of ways as prescribed in the Early Childhood Studies Subject Benchmarks (2022) and Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies which are captured within the portfolio of evidence and practical engagement in the workplace. Key aims of this course is to: • present a cohesive programme which builds upon a sound underpinning through a full and relevant Graduate Practitioner BA Hons Top Up Early Years route • be secure in your working knowledge, skills, values and belief systems for Early Years; • develop your self-awareness and critical reflection of how you interact, relate and respond to others in the environment in which you work; • develop your ability to understand and apply the principles of evidence-based practice • provide the opportunity and a suitable basis for the possible progression to Early Years Teacher Status and/or Qualified Teacher Status, subject to entry requirements of the Department for Education Vacancies for 2023-24 cycle We are still recruiting for 2023-24 admissions so do encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


Year 1: -Transition and Transformation. -Creativity and Critical Thinking. -Critical Choices for Leaders. -Dissertation -Non credit bearing module For a full list of modules please visit the Kingston university course webpage

Assessment method

Year 1 - Coursework - 100%

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please visit our website for details regarding the lower fee rate for students who progress directly from the 2 year FdA course at Kingston to the Top Up. For international fees, please visit: Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs.

Provider information

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Kingston University
River House
53-57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames

Clearing contact details

Clearing call centre - Kingston University 08000483334 - UK Based callers only +44 2083281149 - Non UK Based callers

08000 483 334

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Early Years: Teaching and Learning - Top-Up (Graduate Practitioner) at Kingston University - UCAS