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BEd Education and Childhood Studies (1 year top-up)

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Course length

1 year

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Course overview

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

The programme develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the sector whilst exploring relationships between different aspects of the field of study.

Successful completion of this programme supports progression to further study at Master’s level or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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Education and Childhood Studies


Six reasons to study Education and Childhood Studies and Care at Hull

  1. Combine work or volunteering with evening study
  2. Close links with education and care providers
  3. A commitment to social justice 
  4. Learn about digital innovations in education
  5. Study learning theories with a focus on 0 - 8s
  6. Supports progression to QTS and Graduate Practitioner Status

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.

  • Modules

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.)

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.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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

We accept the following:

  • Level 5 sector-specific qualification, such as an early years sector-endorsed foundation degree, plus some experience of working with 0–8 year-olds
  • Foundation degree plus substantial experience of working with 0–8 year olds
  • Vocational degree plus substantial experience of working with 0–8 year olds in a non-educational role (for example, as a health visitor)
  • English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above
  • Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required.
  • You must be working or volunteering in an appropriate setting with children of the age/stage of 0-8

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.

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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Fees and funding


£9,250 per year*


£15,400 per year

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

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,978 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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† Available for those students who evidence core competences and complete the required placement hours.