About the course

If you already hold a Foundation Degree in Early Years or a related subject such as Foundation Degree Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, then this programme offers you the opportunity to top-up to a full honours degree. This course is suitable for Early Years Practitioners and others working with children (aged 0 – 8) within early years settings who hold a relevant foundation degree and wish to gain a full honours degree.

The Early Years workforce requires highly qualified and motivated graduates with knowledge and understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of working with young children and their families, as well as an appreciation of the importance of quality partnerships with parents and other agencies. This degree makes a significant contribution to meeting the demands of the sector and it will provide you with a broad in-depth, theoretical underpinning of these issues as well as providing an opportunity to relate learning to practice.

How to apply

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Entry requirements

  • GCSEs - grades A* - C / 9 - 4 in English and maths
  • 240 credits gained from studying on a relevant foundation degree

If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

Additional entry requirements

  • Enhanced DBS clearance
  • 15 hours per week employment or voluntary work in a child or young people's setting.

What you will study

Under the guidance of expert tutors, you will gain skills and knowledge that will transform your practice, gaining an in-depth understanding of different social and cultural perspectives of children’s development and learning, their families, and their wider communities.

You will explore areas in including:

  • being, belonging and becoming
  • child development
  • inclusive practice
  • working with children and families
  • various perspectives on childhood and children’s lives.

You will follow a pathway of 120 credits (Level 6) which builds on your previous 240 credits (at Levels 4 and 5) gained from your Foundation Degree course or equivalent. As well as studying at university, you should be working in a child-related role (paid or voluntary) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.


    The BA Hons Childhood Studies programme consists of one level of study; Level 6 (Year3). You will study 5 modules at Level 6. Four modules are rated at 20 credits; one module is rated at 40 credits. To gain the Honours degree you must successfully complete all five modules.

    Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (20 Credits)

    This module develops knowledge, skills and concepts through a critical understanding of the complexity of factors that impact upon the growth and development of young children. For example you might explore the debates and philosophies surrounding the education and care of young children in the UK and around the world. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the ways in which your own values influence your thinking and the impact on the choices you will make on behalf of children and families in your future careers.

    Protection, Power and Participation (20 Credits)

    This course module provides you with opportunities to explore, analyse and critically evaluate the concepts of protection, power and participation in different contexts and from a range of perspectives. Through discussion you can explore and analyse the implications of these concepts for children, families, society, services and professionals.

    Leadership and Management in Early Years (20 Credits)

    The focus of this module is to examine the key concepts, definitions, theories and philosophies relating to early childhood leadership and management and debate the relationships between theory, policy, research, and ethical practice in the context of leading and managing change. You will identify the key management and leadership styles, roles and theories alongside the challenges and constraints required for leadership and management in a range of contemporary early years professionals within a multi-professional framework

    Social Pedagogy (20 Credits)

    Knowledge and understanding of the purpose, scope and breadth of social pedagogy in the context of meeting the changing needs of the child is the focal point of this module. Theoretical perspectives of pedagogy will be examined within the context of leading practice and leading change. You will critically explore and examine creative approaches to social pedagogy and how this links to relationships with children, for example, through the key person approach, and quality frameworks that aim to enhance experiences and outcomes for children.

    Early Childhood Independent Study (40 Credits)

    This module provides you with an opportunity to follow a sustained line of enquiry in an area of interest related to early childhood and to produce a high quality structured and relevant research project which may inform future career development.

    We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.



    You will complete one summative assessment task for each 20 credit module (4,000 words). The assessment tasks aim to develop a range of practitioner characteristics through a varied approach and as such are likely to utilise the following assessment methods: Case studies, reports, reflective commentaries on focused observations, essays, presentations, appraisal of professional practice, analysis of issues which arise out of work experience, reading or seminars, self-evaluations, examinations, pedagogic documentation, artefacts.


    You can apply for a student loan for this course.

    You will be required to cover the cost of:

    - Text books 

    - Travel to other sites - Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student 

    - Library Fees and Fines - Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable 

    - Printing and photocopying - The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student  

    - Graduation ceremonies - It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student 



    The course is delivered at London South East Colleges Bromley Campus and you will study 1 day a week.  You will be taught by a mixture of staff from Bromley and Canterbury Christ Church University.


    You will have face to face delivery at the college for 1 day a week of approximately 6 hrs lectures/guided study and additional tutorials depending on the module/teaching week.



    The course has the equivalent of 35 taught hours and 75 hours of work-based learning per module.  In addition you are expected to carry out around 90 hours of independent research and study for each module.

    You are expected to work in child-based setting (this can be a paid or voluntary role) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  If you are not able to find work in a child-based setting, you may not be able to complete your studies.  



    This is a work-based course so your placement means you are continuously linking theory to industry –based practice throughout.  Most assignments require you to specifically draw upon, and use, your experience in your work-setting.


    You will be taught by both LSEC and Canterbury staff from a teaching team that consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience.   All our team members hold teaching qualifications and some hold Masters qualifications and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.


    - Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded the BA(Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care

    - You could go on to further study such as a Master’s Degree

    - Employment in the early years and education sector

    - Application for teacher training such as PGCE Primary.


  • Full Time (Bromley) Starts 9 September 2019
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    Key Facts

    Higher Education / Degree
    Start Date:
    9 September 2019
    Type of study:
    Canterbury Christ Church University BA (Hons)


    Must be Aged 18 or above on the 1/8/19

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