Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1-2 years

UK fee

£5,040 (2021/22)

International fee

£5,040 (2021/22)/EU

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Online

Online course description

If you already work in an early childhood setting and hold a Level 5 qualification, this course allows you to top-up to a full BA (Hons) degree with one or two years of online study. This course will deepen your knowledge of early childhood studies to meet the demands of integrated care and education for children from birth.

An online top-up degree is ideal if you currently juggle work and family commitments.

Your learning is supported by a research active academic team

You will develop a broad understanding of early childhood education and care that can be applied in social care and health, education and related areas. You will be taught by experts in the field and will benefit from the latest research discoveries from a committed multi-disciplinary academic team. This will ensure your learning is relevant, up to date and meets the highest professional standards.

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Critical application of theory to practice

Explore how children develop, learn and think from birth to eight years, building the professional skills and knowledge to meet their needs. You’ll advance your professional development through studying core modules including The critically reflective practitioner, child protection and leadership. The curriculum is structured to provide a cohesive focus on the key aspects of childhood studies from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

By working in a collaborative online learning environment, you will broaden your horizons in your learning by sharing experiences with your fellow students from across the world.

Enhance your professional development plan (PDP)

This online course will allow you to integrate personal development planning (PDP) into your workload. Opportunities throughout the online course for PDP are included through the application of learning materials to current practice within early childhood studies, as well as the use of critical reflection within modules.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

This course supports your development of early years study, synthesising theory and practice in an applied and critical manner. The course is structured into five key modules including:

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Study an Early Childhood Studies BA Online Webinar: April

Thursday, 22 April 2021 16.00 - 17.00

Join this webinar to discover more about topping up your existing level 5 qualification, such as an HND or Foundation Degree, to a Bachelors degree with our online BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Top up). During the webinar, Dr Emma Twigg, Programme Lead for Childhood Studies at Derby and lecturer Jenny Boldrin will deliver a 30-minute presentation.

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How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Emma Twigg in the classroom.

Emma Twigg
Programme leader

Emma Twigg is a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree at the University of Derby.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need one of the following:

Exemptions

Exemptions can be made on the basis of prior academic study, professional qualifications or professional experience. Students that have already studied at another institution, completed a training course or have work experience which appears equivalent to one or more modules of this programme, may be able to translate this prior learning into credits towards course modules so that they do not have to study them again. This is called recognition of prior learning or RPL.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

For international students, if you do not hold IELTS, we will accept the following:

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £840 6 £5,040

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

This course is ideal for anyone currently working with children across health, education and social care, or anyone interested in early childhood as an academic discipline. It is suitable for those wishing to broaden their skills and career by taking additional qualifications. Well qualified professionals will find there are ample opportunities for promotion and progression to leadership positions in children’s services.

Following completion of this course, graduates can also consider our exciting range of postgraduate courses, including the MA Education or MA Inclusion and SEND.

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