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BA (Hons) (top up) Early Childhood Studies (part-time)

Key course information

Health, Care and Early Years


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

This top up year is delivered at our Trowbridge campus and has been designed as a progression route from a Foundation Degree such as a Foundation Degree in Early Years which brings together several academic disciplines.The course is structured to provide an inter agency focus based on the outcomes of integrated methods and insights of the various disciplines that contribute to our understanding of childhood.This course will support practitioners and childminders who are working in a variety of early years’ settings with families, playgroups, in schools and nurseries.Studying at level 6 is required if you want to be a future researcher in early childhood care and education, teach others, become future advocates, monitors and inspectors of services.

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, you will achieve a BA (Hons) top up Early Years awarded by Oxford Brookes University.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

- Research Methods in Childhood and Education
- Equality and Identity
- Reflective Practice in Early Years
- Outdoor Learning

Year Two:

- Professional Roles in the Early Years
- Independent Study
- Dissertation

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

You will usually have achieved a Merit profile in the Foundation Degree in Early Years or an equivalent relevant Early Years related level 5 qualification of 240 credits subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University.

Students who have not studied Brookes’ Foundation Degree in Early Years will need to produce a transcript of the modules and learning outcomes they have studied on their level 5 course to allow credit rating by Brookes and evidence coverage of sufficient comparable content.

Gaining a place on the course may also be subject to a successful interview and a strong UCAS application with an appropriate reference.

If English is not your first language, then you will need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

You will need IELTS level 6.0 overall with 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Although GCSEs in Maths and English are not required for this top up year, they will be required should applicants wish to progress onto teacher training programmes.


All applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You must successfully complete several assignments related to individual modules. You cannot pass a module unless you successfully complete the required assessment.

Assignments take a variety of forms and each assignment is designed to assess specific learning outcomes for the module while the overall nature and pattern of assessment is linked to the programme’s learning outcomes.

The course team will determine the specific focus for each assignment and the definitive assignment briefs will be available at the start of each term via the college’s eStudy website that holds all the relevant programme information.

Assessment criteria are rigorous, demanding and set at a level appropriate to your course.

Assignments are marked and moderated by the college’s tutors and tutors’ feedback on your assignments will normally be returned to you within three working weeks but please remember that marks should not be considered as final until after the university’s examination committee.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BA (Hons) top up Early Childhood Studies, awarded by Oxford Brookes University.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview.

You can apply to this programme directly to Oxford Brookes University by clicking on the Part Time HE Application icon on the university's website.

You will required to purchase a DBS.

You can contact the college's HE Admissions team on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Health, Care and Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker
  • Social Worker

  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Children's Nurse

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