Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Early Childhood Education and Care (1 year top-up)

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X320

What you'll study

Improving the lives of young children is incredibly rewarding. Our partnerships with education and care providers will let you do just that.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Explore a range of contemporary early years aspects of provision, care and education, including current international trends and how they impact on children and families. Included within this module will be an overview of different pedagogical approaches in a variety of countries including, New Zealand's Te Whaariki, Scandinavia's forest school education, Japan's day care centres, Italy's Reggio Emilia and the UK's early years foundation stage (EYFS).

  • Professional Practice – Working with 0-5s

    Explore and reflect on a range of current research and pedagogical approaches when working with babies, toddlers and young children. A focus will be placed on relating the debates to your own professional working, including reflection on your influence on child development.

  • Creativity in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Explore the use of creativity (not just music and craft) and how it can be used to support the ‘voice of the child’. Over the semester, you will discuss the cognitive and cultural implications of creative teaching and learning, including the theories, principles, beliefs and pedagogical practices that have influenced current practice and perspectives on the rights of the child.

  • Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Gain a critical understanding of classic management and leadership theories, as well as how teams in the workplace are formed, developed, shaped and managed.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Please note, this course is taught on an evening as you will be on a paid or voluntary work placement throughout the programme.

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

Top up your foundation degree to a full Honours degree on this one-year course. Our teaching combines academic rigour with fun, creative ways to encourage the under fives to take part in learning.

  • 98% of our educational studies students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • Study education and learning theories, policies and practices in a range of contexts, with emphasis on early childhood and care.
  • You'll be taught by dedicated, diverse and experienced staff with interests and published work in many educational areas.

You'll be allocated a personal supervisor and you'll receive guidance in your academic work. You can also drop in on your lecturers and tutors at any time with any questions or concerns.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

  • English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above
  • Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required. 

We accept the following:

  • Level 5 sector-specific qualification, such as an early years sector-endorsed foundation degree, plus some experience of working with 0–5 year-olds
  • Foundation degree plus substantial experience of working with 0–5 year olds
  • Vocational degree plus substantial experience of working with 0–5 year olds in a non-educational role (for example, as a health visitor)

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

We work hard to maintain a strong focus on employability within the sector and beyond.

Successful completion of this course provides an excellent basis for a career in teaching, early years leadership, family and community development or social work, as well as other areas of the public sector.

As a graduate, you will continue to have access to the University Careers Service who will provide a wealth of advice, information and guidance to help ready you for the world of work.

You can also choose the pathway to further study and training; our graduates have gone onto courses such as the Masters in Early Childhood Studies, Post Graduate Certificate in Education or a Graduate Teacher Programme.