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

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year (FT)
Costs (per year)
Institution Code
Hull University
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The Young Children’s Learning & Development BA (Hons) Degree is open to anyone with a relevant foundation degree who wishes to continue studies to achieve a full Level 6 degree. The course will deepen your critical understanding and develop your research and reflective skills in relation to children’s learning.  The Level 6 course is designed to build on knowledge from a Foundation degree and any experiences in the ECEC sector. It is aimed at producing practitioners and leaders who are skilled and knowledgeable about the early years and who can lead, promote and develop practice in many areas of work with children and families.

Modules include opportunities for individual research on chosen subjects in order to deepen your own interests and specific subject knowledge, courses on leadership and management, theories of learning, working with children and families and reflection on personal and professional development.

Entry Requirements

  • 240 credits from Young Children’s Learning & Development FdA or other Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area
  • Relevant work experience
  • Interview for external applicants

What you will study

  • The Reflective Practitioner develops your skills as an early years practitioner through reflective practice, with a focus on policy and provision for young children and is assessed by a reflective journal (20 credits)
  • Working with Children & Families in Twenty-First Century England will give you an overview of how the role of the early years practitioner has developed historically, taking into account social policy and both national and international perspectives, to evaluate how it has impacted on current practice in the workplace. Assessed by an essay (20 credits)
  • Children’s Learning & Development: Theory & Practice links theory to practice and builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills to support children’s learning and development.   It will include observation, assessment and planning of children’s learning in a chosen area of interest in the workplace. Assessed by a portfolio (20 credits
  • Leadership & Management gives you knowledge of a broad range of management and leadership theory enabling you to analyse what skills are required in leading a team forward. Assessed by a literature review and presentation (20 credits)
  • Dissertation is the opportunity for you to analyse in depth a current or emerging issue in the subject sector of interest. Assessed by an academic poster presentation and dissertation report (40 credits)

You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date.  Your overall grade for the course and your BA (Hons) Degree classification is based on the marks obtained for all modules. More information can be found here: Student Information > Regulations

How you will study...

The full-time course is usually 1 day per week for 1 year. Teaching and learning will take place through a combination of face-to-face lectures, independent research and seminars, alongside 10-12 hours (pro-rata for part-time study) of directed and independent learning each week outside of the scheduled sessions. Lectures and seminars provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience providing a forum for discussion, debate and exploration of issues. You will be expected to become resourceful and entrepreneurial and to take responsibility for your own learning. One to one guidance and small group discussion will be available to help you progress. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Study Support Centre. Average class sizes for HE courses are usually between 6 and 15 students.

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Childhood Studies & Early Years MA
  • Early Years Teacher Qualification
  • Primary School Teaching Qualification PGCE, QTS (Primary)

Students wishing to progress to teaching qualifications should check the entry requirements including GCSE English, Maths & Science.


  • Early Years Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Nursery Room Leader and Management
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Family Outreach Support Worker

Past students have taken up positions such as a Child and Families Practitioner for a local County Council.

To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.
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