DN Colleges Group

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Hull

Children's Learning and Development - Early Childhood (Top Up)

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Course summary

The BA (Hons) Children, Learning and Development is ideal for those who have recently completed a relevant foundation degree and requires students to be either working or volunteering in an appropriate setting for 14 hours per week during term time. The programme has two distinct pathways: Early Childhood or Education. Early Childhood (0-7) Voluntary placements need to be undertaken in a school or early years setting rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted. Practice-based learning is combined with campus-based sessions at the UCNL; full-time attendance on the course is normally 7 hours, one day a week, over one year. Students studying part-time will attend one evening a week for two years. It is a work-based course which will see you combine practice-based learning with campus-based sessions, allowing you to continue in work whilst studying. Programme Aims 1. To prepare students in aspects of management and leadership in education to take wider responsibilities within their chosen field of practice 2. To provide opportunities for study and critical evaluation of contemporary educational research 3. To develop critically reflective and ethically aware educators of babies, children and young people 4. To broaden students’ perspectives by developing awareness of international curricula and cultures in education or early childhood studies During this programme, students will study 4 modules and will complete a dissertation. Core and pathway specific modules relevant to the chosen sector will be studied, which develop practice whilst challenging students’ understanding and knowledge of children and young people. This degree is validated by the University of Hull.


Full-time students will take the following modules over one year. Part-time students will do the same modules, but the order of modules will be different and negotiated with the individual student. Modules are as follows: – Leadership and Management in Early Childhood 20 credits – Safeguarding 20 credits – Contemporary Issues and International Comparisons 20 credits – The Early Years Reflective Practitioner (Early Childhood pathway) 20 credits – Dissertation 40 credits A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, case studies, reflective logs and oral presentations. All assessments allow students to reflect on practice and make relevant links to theory and to develop key employability skills. On this course you will study a range of engaging All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time The programme will require private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research

Assessment method

On this course you will be encouraged to become an active enquirer and participant in your own learning. Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods which reflect skills well suited to the early years sector, such as essays, case studies, poster and oral presentations and a dissertation project.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

240 credits from an appropriate academic level 5 qualification Level 2 Requirements (GCSE level): Not a requirement but good practice: Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics. Additional requirements • A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required. • There is a requirement of either paid or voluntary placement, for a minimum of 2 days per week. We accept a diverse range of qualifications, this includes considering prior learning as credit towards your York degree. This means you can apply to be exempt from taking certain modules on your degree, if you have previous relevant qualifications or experience. Recognition of prior learning We can assess whether you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in order to be exempt from studying some required modules. This can be used in two ways: Prior certificated learning (formal qualifications) at a level equivalent to higher education credit Experiential learning where your work experience and non-certificated learning can be recognised.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7770 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7770 Year 1
Scotland £7770 Year 1
Wales £7770 Year 1

Additional fee information

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.) There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay for example: - Books. You’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies - Printing and photocopying - Trips and enhancement opportunities You may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Children's Learning and Development - Early Childhood (Top Up) at DN Colleges Group - UCAS