Early Childhood Studies - BA Hons Degree - Topup

Course Code: SM1HE106

UCAS Code: L590


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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre1 Year / £8,335Apply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                            

Duration: 1 day a week
Day/s of week: Tuesday
Time: 09:15am - 5:30pm
Indicative Delivery 100% On-site at the University Centre Campus

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies provides the opportunity to critically engage with the underpinning theoretical principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage to support effective and current practice in the workplace. You will consider the importance of reflection and how this can make positive changes not only to the professional development of the individual child but also the wider community. You will be provided with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of communication theory to sustain change management within the sector further promoting collaboration between agencies. The mandatory requirement of employment or placement ensures that you have vocationally relevant skills that ensure currency of practice.

Only students who have studied the Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies at Blackpool and The Fylde College and have achieved a minimum of a pass will be considered for this topup course.

You will also be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) in the early years sector from the start of the course and thereafter for a minimum of 195 hours per year (average 6 hours per week over 32 weeks). You will be required to supply a letter of support from your employer at enrolment.



Entry Requirements

Only applicants that have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies, validated by Lancaster University, with Blackpool and The Fylde College are eligible to apply to this course.

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 6 Modules

Global Perspectives on the CurriculumSM6MD05220Mandatory
Child Health and WellbeingSM6MD05320Mandatory
Leadership and ManagementSM6MD05420Mandatory
Special Support StrategiesSM6MD05520Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

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