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

Top up to a full degree in a year while discovering how to encourage learning in the under fives.

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Course length

1 year

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Course overview

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

The course is taught in the evenings, as you'll be on a paid or voluntary work throughout the programme.

We'll assign you a personal supervisor who'll give you guidance in your studies. You can also drop in on your lecturers and tutors at any time with any questions or concerns.

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

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Education and Childhood Studies


Six reasons to study Early Childhood Education and Care at Hull

  1. Gain professional skills for early-years settings
  2. Combine work or volunteering with evening study
  3. Close links with education and care providers
  4. Study the links between learning and play
  5. Diverse, experienced teaching staff
  6. Study learning theories with a focus on under-5s

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

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

  • Core

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.


    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.

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

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Katie Hobson Education Studies

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

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)

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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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Take a 360 degree look around one of the lecture rooms where you'll study education and care theories, policies and practices.

Fees and funding


£9,250 per year*


£14,800 per year

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

The fees shown are for 2021 entry. The fees for 2022 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Community, social or family support work
  • Early years practitioner
  • Supporting children with additional needs
  • Children’s services
  • Community services

You'll be in paid or voluntary work for the year, meaning that you'll be gaining invaluable real-world experience.

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