Undergraduate

Education and Childhood Studies (1 year top-up)

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Develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress in the early years sector and top up your foundation degree to full Honours.
You could go on to a broad range of graduate opportunities in children and young people’s services as well as QTS or Masters-level study.
Make a difference to the next generation of thinkers, makers and dreamers.
Our Brynmor Jones Library is a superb learning space with more than a million books, over 400 open-access PCs and a range of study spaces.
Study theory in our lecture rooms, learning as part of a committed community who all share an interest in developing excellent learning opportunities.
A teaching student helps a child writing in a workbook in the classroom
A smiling teacher in a primary school classroom
A primary school child paints an image of a circuit
Exterior of the seven-storey Brynmor Jones Library on a sunny day
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Top up your foundation degree to a full BEd Education and Childhood Studies degree with this one-year course. And make a real difference to the lives of young children.

This programme has been carefully designed to provide professional progression for those who have completed a Level 5 qualification in Early Childhood, Education Studies or a related discipline.

You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of the sector, exploring relationships between different aspects of the field of study. And could progress to further study at Master’s level or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

  • Early years

    simulated learning environment

  • Forest School

    certification opportunity

  • Supports progression

    to QTS and Master’s level

  • Top up

    your foundation degree to full Honours

  • 600+ links

    with UK educational organisations

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About this course

Top up your foundation degree to a full Honours degree in one year, gaining practical skills while you learn. This programme has a strong emphasis on social justice – giving you the chance to make a difference to the lives of children.

You’ll examine perspectives on early childhood studies from many different viewpoints from across the world. And analyse alternative learning environments.

Our on-campus simulated early years learning environment gives you the chance to develop practical skills. This engaging, inclusive space incorporates a range of materials, resources and technology. Your training will include outdoor play and learning opportunities including the option to study towards an accredited Forest School certification. This prepares you to work outside with children, taking into account a range of extra needs, and gives you a valuable extra qualification.

This course is designed to progress your professional pathway. You’ll graduate ready for further study at Master’s level and QTS.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

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.

How you'll be assessed depends on the course you study, and the modules you choose. You may be assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework, presentations and group projects.

Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

Voice and Influence

This dynamic module will extend your knowledge and understanding of the role and purpose of voice and influence in your practice with children, young people, families, adults and communities. It is crucial that people have a voice and the opportunity to influence decisions that affect them and the matters that are of importance to them. The module will examine models of voice and influence from forums and campaigns to the role of the media. It will also explore issues of advocacy and ways to support children, young people, adults and communities in representing their views, needs and wishes to decision-makers.

Compulsory20 credits

International Perspectives in Childhood

Analyse current national and international pedagogical approaches and research in early childhood studies and related practice. Specifically, you will critically appraise political, economic and familial factors impacting the social construction of childhood.

Compulsory20 credits

Extended Research Project

This module offers an exciting opportunity for you to delve deeply into and explore a contemporary issue which you feel passionate about that is relevant to your programme of study. You will have the opportunity to design, develop and conduct your own research project. Through the process of this research and writing your dissertation you will develop specialist knowledge and skills relevant to your graduate future, whether that be employment or postgraduate study.

Compulsory60 credits

Environments for Learning

You will identify and apply pedagogical knowledge of how to develop enabling environments for children, young people and families. An innovative approach to a range of pedagogical approaches including Forest Schools, home learning environment and community based projects. Optional accredited Level 2 Forest Schools training is available through this module.

Compulsory20 credits

Key Contemporary Themes in Education

This module gives you an ideal opportunity to pursue subjects you are interested in and passionate about with the chance to bring together and discuss themes that you have encountered during the programme. As such it enables you to make full use of the skills and knowledge you have developed over the three years. Issues that you have described in year 1 (Social Justice) and analysed in year 2 (collaborative action learning) will become the focus of a principled response applying the insights you have gained from exposure to arrange of contexts from across the field within this Key Contemporary Themes module.

(Note, this module is not available on the YCW Pathway.)

Compulsory20 credits
5 Modules

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

What do I need?

If you require a 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.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

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 & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Early Years Room

Develop practical skills in our on-campus simulated early years learning environment. This engaging, inclusive space incorporates a range of resources and technology.

Forest School Training Centre

Discover the benefits of learning beyond the classroom in our Forest School Training Centre with gardens, wooded area and wildflower meadows.

Brynmor Jones Library

Our seven-storey library is a superb learning space. As well as more than a million books, there’s a variety of study areas, over 400 open-access PCs and one amazing view.

Group Lecture Room

Collaborate in group lecture rooms working as part of our vibrant community of students and staff who all share an interest in developing excellent learning opportunities for others.

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Forest School Training Centre

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Child and teacher playing in the Early Years Room
Forest School Training Centre
Brynmor Jones Library Observation Deck
Wilberforce TV Teaching Room
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Future prospects

Our degrees reflect the high demand for well-trained professional practitioners. The range of opportunities for graduates in children’s services is varied and wide.

You could also go on to support children with additional needs or secure community, social or family support work, or progress as an early years practitioner or work in community services.

You’ll also graduate ready for further study – pathway such as QTS or Master’s level degree – to boost your professional pathway.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time. 

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