New City College (incorporating Havering College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Open University Validating Partnership

Early Years, Education and Care

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Course summary

Course Summary The BA (Hons) Early Years, Childcare and Education is a three-year course. It recognises your existing skills and abilities as a practitioner in the Early Years’ sector and enables you to develop your ability to contribute to good practice, build on existing knowledge, and improve the personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. All work completed for this qualification will need to link theory to practice and reflect the work of your setting. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students. You will study a selection of modules; students will complete 120 credits per year. Attendance For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of three years. Attendance is 1 day per week plus placement. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green Campus. Course Information – aims of course The BA (Hons) Early Years, Education and Care is validated by the Open University. This Degree will equip you with the understanding, skills and knowledge to enhance your performance in your current role and to enable career progression. Your programme of study will be closely linked to the workplace. This qualification is a classroom-based course. As a distinctly vocational qualification, the BA (Hons) provides knowledge, skills and professional attitudes associated with early years’ childcare and education. Progression On completion of this course, you could further your career through professional postgraduate study for example: Teaching, Early Years, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy. Previous students have gone into the above professions as well as Early Intervention Services and local authority work.

Course details


Level 4 – Modules Academic Research and Study Skills - 20 credits Equality and Inclusion - 20 credits Early Years Policy and Curriculum - 20 credits Emergent Literacy and Numeracy - 20 credits Work-Related Learning - 20 credits Child Development - 20 credits Level 5 – Modules Introduction to Research - 20 credits Children’s Rights - 20 credits Safeguarding - 20 credits The Child in Context - 20 credits Social and Emotional Skills - 20 credits Professional Development and Partnerships - 20 credits Level 6 – Modules Contemporary Issues in Health and Well-being - 30 credits Leadership and Management - 30 credits Action Research Project - 60 credits As a distinctly vocational qualification, the BA (Hons) provides knowledge, skills and professional attitudes associated with early years’ childcare and education.

Assessment method

You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme. Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module. Assessment will usually involve submitted assignments/in-programme assessments, reports and presentations. Many assessments are designed to reflect specific elements of Early Years practice. The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student registered in full-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits over one academic year and will attend College for one day per week. Students will either be working or volunteering within an educational setting and be able to commit to self-study alongside the programme. All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of early years & education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX310
Institution code H14
Campus nameArdleigh Green
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

This course is not open to International applications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points In a relevant subject such as Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology & Social Policy, Childcare, Early Years, Play Work or Access to HE qualification (proof required)
A level EEE In a relevant subject such as Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology & Social Policy, Childcare, Early Years.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP In a relevant subject such as Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology & Social Policy, Childcare, Early Years.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 All students will be expected to have GCSE maths and English Language qualifications at grade 4 or above (grade C or above), or functional skills Level 2 in maths and English. Students will also be required to achieve a minimum of level 2 literacy in their skills assessment.

Where possible, we will make a decision based on your application, however, we may need to invite you attend an interview and assessment. The session will include: a written case study exercise; and a formal interview. A minimum age of 18 years is a requirement. Previous experience in an Early Years Setting. Employment in an Early Years setting, or the availability to be placed for a minimum of 12 hours per week. Placements need to be sourced yourself and be within the Childcare & Education sector. 2 references and a current enhanced DBS check (charges apply).

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

You must provide an Enhanced DBS check from you current work placement.


Must be employed, or on a voluntary placement, in an appropriate early years setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

College Membership Fee: £30 per year DBS check: £44 (TBC) Approximately £100 per year for academic reading books
Early Years, Education and Care at New City College (incorporating Havering College) - UCAS