Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education and Early Years (1 year top-up)


Year of entry:
UCAS code: X321

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

The programme establishes theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of child development and health and diversity from 0–7 years. It explores from national and international perspectives the ideas underpinning the study of childhood, young children and their development, 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.

“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

The BEd (Hons) 1 year top-up course in Education and Early Years is ideal for students wishing to work in a professional capacity in the early education sector.

You’ll study the provision of education and care for young children, and the significant impact that this has on their educational achievement and life chances. The course provides knowledge and awareness of child development and pedagogical approaches for working with young children and their families. You will be encouraged 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. If you have an interest in the way young children learn and develop, this is the course for you.

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.

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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.

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.


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 on the field of early education, in particular those considering progressing to post graduate pathways such as initial teacher education and masters study.