Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education and Early Years (1 year top-up)


Year of entry:
UCAS code: X321

What you'll study

Ideal if you're aspiring to a professional role in the education and care of young children, this is a one-year top-up course for people who already have a foundation degree.

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.

The programme establishes theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of child development, health and diversity from 0–7 years. It explores the ideas underpinning the study of childhood, young children and their development from national and international perspectives, emphasising the contribution of child-centred play-based approaches to learning.

The programme encourages students to apply specialist knowledge in local early childhood settings through a critical examination of current Government-supported initiatives and policies. Students also develop knowledge and understanding of the particular theories and strategies necessary for success as a professional in the early childhood workforce.

The programme concludes with a dissertation module in which students conduct an individual research project, typically within the early childhood sector.

Core modules

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

  • Policy and Practice in Early Years and Care​

    This module provides an introduction to current legislation, professional guidance and national and local policy initiatives, supporting you to analyse these critically and relate these to the needs of children and families.

  • Creativity in Education

    Experience approaches to learning that encourage creative critical thinking. Creativity is observable in all areas of education and children's realities, including school, nursery, home and play. All children have creative abilities and it is our responsibility as educators to facilitate and encourage the creative capacities of thinking, originality, innovation, resourcefulness, individuality, vision, self expression and artistry.

  • 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).

  • Leadership, Management and Team Working

    This module introduces aspects of leadership, management and team working in the context of children's services and education. As well as traditional views of leadership and management. There is also a focus on leadership and management in the 21st century and the collaborative approaches that support effective team working.

  • 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.

“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

This one year top-up course is ideal if you want to work in a professional capacity in the early education sector. If you're interested in the way that young children learn and develop, this could be the course for you.

  • 98% of Hull's 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 how young children are cared for and educated and the impact it has on their life chances.
  • Train for a rewarding career making a real difference to young children.

We'll encourage you to question not only the aims and values of education and early years’ practices and processes, but also the philosophies, beliefs and attitudes that inform them from a global perspective.

Our teaching staff

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.

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

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

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements include:

  • HND Higher National Diploma in related subject plus some work experience with 0 - 5 year olds
  • Foundation Degree in related subject (level 5) and substantial experience of working with 0 - 5 year olds
  • English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above
  • For international applicants, UG Diploma (240 credits with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5)
  • If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency

The department additionally requires a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (or international equivalent) as a condition of entry.

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

You will have a variety of career options in education. The degree prepares you to work within the early childhood sector at level six, leading and supporting practice.

This programme is particularly appropriate for students considering professionally relevant pathways in the field of early education, in particular those considering progressing to post graduate pathways such as initial teacher education and Masters study.