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

The Young Children’s Learning & Development BA (Hons) Degree will deepen your critical understanding and develop your reflective skills in relation to children’s learning by converting your Foundation Degree or similar Level 5 qualification into a BA (Hons) qualification.

Building on knowledge gained from the Foundation Degree, your experiences in the workplace and by reflecting on your personal skills and development during the course, your ability to lead, practice and promote children’s learning and development will give you a competitive advantage in your current job or employment prospects.

You will gain a valuable network of contacts through College study and be invited to join The Early Years Forum which has been developed to provide a regional focus for sharing good practice and interpretation of policy changes in a sector that is subject to continual government initiatives.

Teaching and learning will take place through a combination of lectures 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. Independent research, reporting on own reading, 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 Specialist Support Centre.

You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date.  You must receive a pass mark of 40 or above in all modules to achieve the BA (Hons) Degree.  Your overall grade for the course and your BA (Hons) Degree classification are based on the marks obtained for all modules. More information can be found here: Student Information > Regulations

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year (FT)
Institution Code
Hull University
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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

Semester 1

  • The Reflective Practitioner (20 credits – Reflective Journal)
  • Working with Children & Families in Twenty-First Century England (20 credits – Essay)

Semester 2

  • Children’s Learning & Development: Theory & Practice (20 credits – Portfolio)
  • Leadership & Management (20 credits – Literature Review & Presentation)
  • Dissertation (40 credits – Research Report)

What's Next?

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

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
Meet the team
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