Early Years

BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies, Care and Education (Top up)

Start Date: September 2024
Day(s): Various days
Site: College Main Site

Course Overview

This course will support the continued development of personal attributes and qualities alongside the specialist knowledge and skills required to gain a senior role; enhancing practice within the wider childhood, education and care sector. Level 6 focuses on advanced critical thinking, developing higher level skills in research and analysis. Reflective thinking will be an essential element of level 6 with students exploring personal understanding of experiences, actions and processes and the impact on themselves, others and the wider sector. The course operates on a modular basis; the four modules are each 30 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students require 120 credits to achieve the level 6. The full-time and part-time courses have one start point in September.

The full-time route is taught over either one day or two evenings per week and takes one year to complete, the part-time route is taught over either half a day or one evening per week and takes two years to complete. This course is designed to allow students who already hold a relevant Level 5 qualification, such as a FdA, to 'top-up' to BA (Hons) level. If you're looking at studying Childhood Studies, Care and Education at university level for the first time, you would need to look at studying another qualification first. At Yeovil College University Centre, we offer the FdA Childhood Studies, Care and Education course, which can be completed first, before then topping-up using the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, Care and Education.

Work Experience & Industry Placements

A current role within an Early Years, Education or Family Support setting of 15hrs per week is strongly recommended

Qualification Gained

BA (Hons) Degree in Childhood Studies, Care and Education awarded by the University of Gloucestershire

After The Course

Students progress into a range of destinations upon completing this course. Many undertake a Primary PGCE or other teaching qualification. Alternatively, you can progress into a range of careers, including managerial and higher level posts within the education and care sector. You can also progress into postgraduate study, such as a Master's Degree.

What Will I Learn

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

You must take four modules each worth 30 credits a total of 120 credits for the level 6.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

The modules on the course are as follows:

Social and Cultural Concepts of Childhood Credits 30
Leadership and Change Management Credits 30
Qualitative Research Project Credits 30
Working in the Wider Community Credits 30

English And Maths

Grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are required

Our Lecturers

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team lecturers both have industry experience alongside guest speakers providing an added layer of expertise

Teaching Learning and Assessment

You are taught through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, visiting speakers and more practical activities.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Course Expenses

For full information about tuition fees please see the 'YCUC Fees' and 'YCUC HE Fees Policy', both available in the 'Policies and Reports' area of our website. It is not mandatory to buy resources as the LRC is very well stocked, however, many students choose to buy their own copies of a small number of core texts to aid their studies.

How Will I Be Assessed

Each module will have an assignment brief and module guide to support your summative assessment through essays, reports, research projects and presentations.

Entry Requirements

Programme/Award: Our typical offer is 240 academic credits (CAT points) at level 5 in a relevant field (for example, HND or FdA). GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade 4 or above (or equivalent) are highly desirable. We advise students to consider holding GCSE Science (or equivalent) if they intend on pursuing a teaching career, however, applicants should always research entry requirements for future training or careers themselves. All applicants will be invited to an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as of 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk. International applicants will be required to evidence English language skills - this could be an IELTS score of 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in every component), a grade 4 in GCSE English (or equivalent), or having recently completed a Level 5 qualification taught and assessed in the English language. For more information, please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk.

How To Apply

To study full-time, please apply through UCAS (Institute name: YEOV, Institute code: Y25, Course code for BA Childhood Studies: 62X9). For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk