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

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

University Centre West Anglia (King's Lynn)



Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary issues in the childhood studies sector. Top-up your existing qualification to a full degree in just one year, with our full-time course at University Centre West Anglia.

Full description


With a full BA (Hons) degree and appropriate entry requirements, you could progress into primary teacher training or early years teacher training, both of which would require a further year of study.

Some students decide to continue their studies by moving on to Masters-level study in education, early years or social work. Some progress into management posts in early years settings or full day care.

Modules & 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?

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2019/20 (full-time, per year)


How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

UK students (and EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments


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.

Explore ARU scholarships

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.

Entry requirements

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You will need:

  • GCSE English at grade C (4) or above
  • Successful completion of FdA Early Years, Playwork and Education or other relevant foundation degree
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

International (EEA) applicants
International applicants from the European Economic Area (EEA) may be asked to complete IELTS and achieve a level 7 if there are significant doubts about an applicant's level to communicate. A NARIC statement of comparability will be required to translate grades into their UK equivalents.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

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