Early Childhood Studies Top Up (Graduate Practitioner Competencies) at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS

University Centre Grimsby

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: TEC Partnership

Early Childhood Studies Top Up (Graduate Practitioner Competencies)

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Course summary

Department for Education recognised full and relevant qualification for early years practice. BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top-up) (Graduate Practitioner Competencies) is designed to provide a comprehensive course that helps students to critically analyse various aspects of children’s life such as sociological factors, legislative changes and educational influences on children’s development, focusing on the age between 0-8 years old. The programme is recognised by the Department for Education as full and relevant for early years practice. Within this course, students will have opportunities to be able to evaluate their everyday practice and implement changes confidently. To be able to do this, this course incorporates professional practice hours (200 hours) which is one of the distinctive features of this programme. Within these professional practice hours, students will be given opportunities to apply theories into practice at their professional practice and expand their theoretical and practice knowledge. In addition, students will gain Graduate Practioner Competencies. This programme also invites students to conduct Action Research. This exercise will help students to be implement change in practice, be academically inquisitive, independent and confident in their chosen area. Additionally, there will be opportunities to explore students’ future career within the field of early years in ‘Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Profession’ module by investigating different possible career pathways with this degree and developing various leadership, management and changing-agent skills to help students achieve their future career goals. Special Educational Needs and Disability is a module of study that provides students with the opportunity to understand the challenges with underpinning legislation and policy frameworks.


Children’s Rights and Safeguarding Children’s Learning, Voice and Pedagogy Special Educational Needs and Disability Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Profession Action Research Project Students will be required to complete the 200 placement hours within early years settings.

Assessment method

Individual presentation Case study Essay Report Joint observation at the placement Primary research Training materials

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants wishing to gain direct entry onto the top-up at level 6 must have at least 240 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points gained through study at levels 4 and 5 in a field of early childhood. The average grade at level 5 must be 50% or above. Students must also have an up-to-date DBS and a letter/email confirming their placement, which will be recorded prior to enrolment. To study on BA Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner Competencies), students must have L2 English and Maths qualifications at grade 4 or above, or hold a formally recognised equivalent. At the beginning of the programme, students will be advised that if they wish to become an Early Years Educator, or QTS primary school teacher, they are required to have GCSE English, Maths and Science grades C or 4. For students wishing to become an Early Years Teacher, they need to have GCSE English and Maths grades C or 4.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Enhanced DBS required.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week.
Early Childhood Studies Top Up (Graduate Practitioner Competencies) at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS