Education (Early Years) (Top-up) at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

Course summary

Current government reforms in education are focused on early childhood development and the importance of high-quality early years provision in providing the foundations that prepare young children for the best start in life. So, if you’re currently an early years practitioner, aspiring to develop high quality practice and are passionate about working with children and their families, then this course could be for you. Why Education (Early Years)?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to explore a variety of issues in relation to children and early childhood, including health and wellbeing, education, learning and development and to look at wider topics such as safeguarding, society and early years practice. We’ll help you develop as a reflective, evidence-based practitioner.
  • We’ll ensure you develop the essential practical and professional skills to work with children and families in the early years, including the ability to work collaboratively with parents, colleagues and other professionals. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to equality of opportunity and inclusive, anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Your place of work forms a key element of the course allowing you to put theory into practice. To ensure flexibility and access for those working within schools and other childcare settings during the week, teaching on this course typically takes place on Saturdays, approximately 8 per academic year.
  • You’ll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers. You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.
Additional costs:
  • Your placements could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there may be a charge for the DBS check.


Year 1 Core modules: Health and Wellbeing Option modules: You will choose one option module from a list which may include: Supporting Learning in Young Children Critical Approaches to Inclusive Education Year 2 Core modules: Researching the Major Study Major Study in Education

Assessment method

Assessments vary and include essays, developing creative and teaching resources to support children’s learning, student-led seminars, presentations and timed tests. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following: * A Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree, or equivalent. * An initial teaching qualification from a recognised teacher education institution. * Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification with 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits (or equivalent). * Your qualification should be in an area related to early years education. In addition, you must also have GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme. You must be in employment or voluntary work in an appropriate registered setting (for a minimum of 120 hours per year) and have support from your employer. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes (

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £995 Module
Northern Ireland £995 Module
Scotland £995 Module
Wales £995 Module
Channel Islands £995 Module
Republic of Ireland £995 Module

Additional fee information

The part-time tuition fee for UK students at the University of Huddersfield is £995 per 20 credit module. See Fees and finance for exceptions - Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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Education (Early Years) (Top-up) at University of Huddersfield - UCAS