Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Full-time, part-time undergraduate (1 year, 2 years)

Chelmsford, Distance learning

September

Course duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Overview

Study while you work, and build on your experience in early years education and care. Explore children's rights and fine-tune your own approaches to childcare. Our top-up course lets you transform your existing qualifications into a full BA (Hons) degree - and develop your career.

Full description

Careers

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it.

By completing our top-up degree, you'll develop a wide range of academic, practical and reflective skills – helping you to develop in your current job or apply for more senior positions.

You might also choose to continue into postgraduate study.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Children's Rights
    You’ll use a rights-based approach to consider whether universal policy can support children worldwide. You’ll study past and current policy initiatives, and the work of the United Nations and charities to support children from less privileged backgrounds. You’ll be encouraged to make global comparisons of children's rights by looking at the work of agencies which support and promote the rights of the child. The key topics will be: children’s rights, national contexts, international perspectives and multiple childhoods.
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    This module will give you an overview of childhood from a range of different perspectives: geographical, historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, educational and economic. It links concepts from different disciplines to contextualise childhood and update your knowledge of the subject at the end of the course. The key topics will be: how notions of childhood vary across time and place, philosophies and constructs of childhood, the psychosocial interface and the social, political and economic world.
  • Major Project
    In discussion with your tutor, and your employer if appropriate, you'll have the opportunity to study a topic that address significant questions relating to your work and your degree curriculum.
  • Practitioner 3
    You’ll work closely with your placement mentor and identify the strengths and gaps in your professional skills and knowledge, particularly in relation to leadership and management in early years. This module builds on the principle that good quality in early years’ practice requires creative and effective leaders who are able to encourage effective team development. You’ll be expected to identify an area of practice that you would like to study through the use of case study.

Assessment

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our online learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, distance learning (total cost)

£4,700

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

Scholarships

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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