University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Early Childhood Studies (Top-up) University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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Course summary

TEF Silver

University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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If you are an experienced early years practitioner, and are committed to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, this top-up degree in Early Childhood Studies is the perfect programme to enhance your career opportunities. While studying our top-up degree, you will develop skills as a critically reflexive practitioner and learn to be a visionary leader needed for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You will reflect and review practice and policy and learn the importance of encouraging a child's development in partnership with their family and other professionals. You will be supported to develop skills of critical analysis and apply these to issues of current concern in the Early Years. In addition you will explore multiple perspectives of childhood and have the opportunity to research areas of personal interest in the Early Years.

Course details


Example modules include:
•Adult Concepts
•Current Issues
•Independent Study
•Work-based Learning

Assessment method

There are no examinations on this programme, each module is assessed by means of assignment - reflective essay, production of children's learning and development resources and presentations

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.




Northern Ireland



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 code X310
Institution code B70
Campus name Taunton Campus
Campus code T

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

Applicants must have a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent Level 5 in an appropriate discipline.

Applicants are required to also have 5 GCSEs 4-9 (A*-C) including English Language and Maths or an equivalent L2

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7,800 Year 1
England £7,800 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,800 Year 1
Scotland £7,800 Year 1
Wales £7,800 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College
Bath Road

Clearing contact details

Clearing Contact Details

01278 441373

Fax: 01278 444363

Additional information

Thursday 15 August - 0800 - 2000 Friday 16 August - 0800 - 1800 Saturday 17 August - 1000 - 1400 week commencing 19 August - Monday - Thursday 0830 - 1700 Friday 0830 - 1630

Course contact details

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Information and Guidance

01278 441234