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BA (Hons) Leading Children’s Development & Learning (Top-up)

Subject Area
Early Years & Education
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
1 Year
£7,200 per year
Entry Requirements
Completion of relevant FD or equivalent Level 5 qualification, in addition to 2 years experience within early years.
Validating partner
The Open University

Building on the knowledge gained from the foundation degree, this course will enhance your reflective practice and personal skills and development, enabling you to excel in your career.

The qualification delivers a wide range of knowledge and skills to enable you to gain and maintain employment within the education sector and related sectors.

In addition, you will be developing core skills and understanding based on current practice in the education sector, and the leadership skills required to impact upon environments which support children’s learning and development.

The course content will consider the learning and development needs of children from 0 - 11 years of age, and will have an expectation that you will have experience of, and access to work with children within this age range.

Attendance is 1 year full-time, 1 day per week.

UCAS Code: X392

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 6
Child Centred Education
Leading a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Critical Perspectives in Education
Pedagogical Approaches in Childhood Education
Research Investigation

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent Level 5 qualification. A satisfactory DBS, three years of relevant childcare experience. Some experience within a management or leadership role would also be desirable but not necessary. 

Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may also be considered.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will consider reports, essays, literature reviews, presentations and research investigations. These will all be linked to your setting.

Skills you will learn

Students will learn the following skills during their courses; in-depth knowledge of the education sector, communication skills with a variety of ages and abilities, motivational skills, organisational skills, an awareness of the relationship between practice and theory, the analytical skills to graduate as a reflective practitioner and the ability to select, test and make appropriate use of resources.

Method of delivery

Teaching will take place face-to-face mainly in the classroom, however, other practical environments such as outdoor settings and alternative educational settings will be experienced to broaden and develop your learning. 

The programme is normally taught one day (afternoon and evening) each week, allowing for students to undertake study around existing work commitments. Assessments are conducted in a variety of ways including seminar activities and written work, with students preparing their dissertations with tutorial support either on or off site. 

Additional costs

No additional costs are expected for this course, although students should have access to an internet enabled laptop or PC.

Your next steps

On completion you could progress to study an MA in Education or Social Work, or complete a PGCE in teaching to share your knowledge and experience with others. PGCE courses are currently delivered on an evening through York College University Centre, if this route is of interest to you.

Completion of this course creates opportunities to work in a variety of positions within the early years and education sector, including in roles such as:

• Childcare Manager
• Social Worker
• Play Therapy Practitioner
• EYFS Practitioner
• Teaching Assistant
• Learning Mentor
• Family Support Worker
• Room Leader

Karl BA Child Dev

“The industry contacts that I was introduced to have helped set me up to go forward with my career. As well as securing a Deputy Manager position at a local childcare setting, I am looking into further study as I hope to become an assessor within the Early Years and Education sector, assessing the development of other childcare practitioners. I also hope to continue to raise awareness of men in childcare and chair a group for others in a similar position to me.”

BA (Hons) Leading Children’s Development & Learning
Course leaders and tutors:
Lyn Johnston MA, (BA Hons) MA

Lyn has been a lecturer with the Early Years and Education team for 10 years. Lyn has previously worked in other colleges and has occupational experience working with young children.

Liza Bradley BA (Hons), PGCE

Liza has been a lecturer with the Early Years and Education team for four years. Liza has experience in working in the field of childcare in a leadership role as she managed a private day nursery for many years prior to working at College. She has over 15 years vocational experience and completed her BA within the College environment alongside full-time employment.

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