Childhood Education Studies Top-up (Online) at University College Birmingham - UCAS

Childhood Education Studies Top-up (Online)

University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course snapshot Childhood experiences play a major part in shaping all our lives, and working to help children and their families is a hugely rewarding career. With UCB's 'flexi-learn' Childhood Education Studies Top-up (Online) course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to succeed in this constantly-changing field. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the complex psycho-social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs of children and enhance a range of communication skills to boost your prospects for a variety of career pathways. Who’s the course for? For anyone interested in the childcare sector, this course will suit you if you have previously studied a relevant subject and would like a flexible approach to study that you can fit around your working commitments. Why should I study the course?

  • You will develop and enhance the employability skills and knowledge needed for a diverse range of careers working with children and their families.
  • Our online course offers a flexible approach to learning, allowing you to enhance your knowledge and skills while maintaining full or part-time employment.
  • The course offers a range of option modules, enabling you to study specialist fields relating to your preferred future career pathway. You will also explore a research topic relevant to your interests through a dissertation project.
Great. Tell me some more Our online course has been develop to offer an authentic sense of community, using a blend of communication tools including 'real-time' online conversations and activities and web-based/email delivery. You will have face-to-face contact with module staff, personal tutors and dissertation project supervisors with the use of web conferencing software - we will offer you training to help familiarise you with this software before your course begins. The course is assessed entirely through coursework, using different approaches to encourage you to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. What skills will I gain? You will develop a broad understanding of the issues surrounding childhood development and the social trends shaping childhood, education and family. The course will provide you with the knowledge of how to support children with complex learning needs, as well as enhancing your awareness of legislative frameworks and approaches which surround childhood and family. Through our optional modules, you will also be able to learn about how childhood is affected by environmental factors around the world, explore the importance of listening to children in a professional context and build on your knowledge of psychology, health and wellbeing. What about the future? This top-up course provides you with an exceptional qualification for working in a profession related to childhood and education. It will open up job opportunities for you in child-related organisations within a variety of areas including:
  • Education
  • Leisure
  • Welfare
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy
Many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers or nursery school managers/owners, while others work in the social care field or supporting children with complex behavioural or learning needs. After completing this course, you can also move on to postgraduate study, including courses at UCB such as MA Education and Learning or a PGCE course.

Course details


  • Contemporary Issues in International Contexts
  • Equity and Inclusive Practice in Education
  • Dissertation
Plus one option from:
  • Children's Voice
  • International Perspectives of Childhood
- Health and Wellbeing in Context

Assessment method

  • Teaching - Online part-time route
You will be required to engage with online learning and teaching materials for a minimum number of hours for each module. The timetable comprises:
  • Dissertation module (40 credits), which runs throughout the year
  • One compulsory 30 credit module, which runs in semester one
  • One compulsory 30 credit module and a 20 credit option module in semester two.
The dissertation module is supervised and each student will be given five 20-minute meetings with their supervisor (delivered via web conferencing software) throughout the year. All modules include:
  • 'Live' webinar sessions where students can meet module teaching staff online
  • Video/text discussion forums where students can meet and work together
  • A minimum of three 'live' classroom sessions (which will be video-recorded for posterity)
  • Weekly interactive learning and teaching content
Each student will receive one formal academic tutorial per semester with their individual tutor. Individual study You will need to allocate a minimum number of study hours per week, although in some weeks the amount of time may extend beyond this, particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments. The Canvas Virtual Learning Environment provides 24 hour access to learning and teaching materials. Assessment The course employs a variety of approaches to assessment which encourage you to demonstrate your strengths in a number of different ways. Assessments employ a diverse range of technologies and students are offered pre-tutoring in the use of such technologies during induction. Assessment is 100% coursework-based and encourages reflection on practice to facilitate the application of theory to practical contexts. Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Unistats information

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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 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

- **Transferring from another university** At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. - **What do I need to do?** To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> **** Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Entry requirements Normally, applicants require a relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits. If you have any queries, please email:

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English language requirements

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £10300 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2019/20, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Childhood Education Studies Top-up (Online) at University College Birmingham - UCAS