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

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Course summary

OVERVIEW Our childhood experiences shape our entire lives, and being part of that journey as a professional helping children and families makes for a hugely rewarding career. If you have previous knowledge of this sector and want to further your academic credentials but need the flexibility of distance learning, our Childhood and Education Studies top-up degree enables you to study online and expand upon your skills for working in this field. Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), our online top-up degree will further enhance your understanding of children’s complex psycho-social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs. You will examine legislative frameworks, social trends and issues surrounding childhood development as well as building a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills. This ‘flexi-learn’ online course has been developed to offer you an authentic sense of community, utilising a blend of communication tools including web-based/email delivery and ‘real-time’ online conversations and activities. You will have face-to-face contact with personal tutors, module staff and dissertation supervisors using web conferencing software, which you will be trained how to use before your studies begin. (See more details about the teaching and assessment arrangements for this course under 'Assessment Method' below.) WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Flexible online learning – Want to boost your knowledge while maintaining full-time/part-time employment? Studying our Childhood and Education Studies top-up degree online offers a flexible approach to learning
  • Specialise your studies – Study and research specialist topics through our range of optional modules, a final dissertation project and innovative assessment regimes
  • Diverse skills and knowledge – Build your understanding around childhood development and sociology as well as employability skills for your future career
CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Family support worker
  • Learning mentor
  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
  • Primary school teacher
  • Mental health nurse
  • Social worker (NHS)
You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.
  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course


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

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: TEACHING You will be expected to engage with online learning and teaching materials throughout the course. For your final dissertation, you will be supported through five 15-minute meetings with your supervisor via web conferencing software. All modules include:

  • ‘Live’ webinar sessions where you can meet module teaching staff
  • Online video/text discussion forums where you can meet and work with other students
  • A minimum of three ‘live’ classroom sessions (which will be video recorded for posterity)
  • Weekly interactive learning and teaching content
You will need to allocate a minimum number of study hours per week, though some weeks may require you to extend beyond this, particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments. ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:
  • Coursework – 100%
Assessments will employ a diverse range of technologies for which you will be offered pre-tutoring during your induction. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

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

Level 6 – Year 3 Academic: A relevant HND, FdA, Diploma of Higher Education or a higher level qualification in the areas of Early Years, Childcare or Advanced Practice with Children and Families, with 240 credits. If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

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

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.

UCB English Language Requirements

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5500 Year 1
Scotland £5500 Year 1
Wales £5500 Year 1
EU £5500 Year 1
International £5500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK Tuition fee loans are available to eligible Home students. This is a loan that you can take out from Student Finance to pay for your tuition fees. It is available to all students who meet specific residency criteria, regardless of household income. However, if you have had previous Higher Education study this may affect your eligibility. If you are eligible, you can get a loan to cover the full amount of your tuition fees and it will be paid directly to University College Birmingham after you enrol on the course. Repayments The maintenance loan and tuition fee loans are repayable, but you will not enter repayment until the April after you finish or leave your course, or the April four years after the start of your course – whichever comes first. Repayments will only be deducted once you are earning more than £26,575 a year and you will repay 9% of anything you earn above this amount. How to apply English students can apply for loans online at Paper application forms (PTMN form for new English students) are available to download from If you need any help completing the application please call Katrina Evenett, Sunny Mehan or Rhianne Anderson at University College Birmingham on 0121 232 4411, 0121 232 4401 or 0121 232 4092. For more information visit our website EU & International This list is not exhaustive and for details of tuition fees for courses not listed above please contact the International Office at University College Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 2324116 The University’s policy is that tuition fee set for international students for their first year on a particular course will be maintained for all subsequent years (i.e. there are no fee increases). For more information please visit our website
Childhood and Education Studies Top-up (Online) at University College Birmingham - UCAS