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BEd Education and Early Years (1 year top-up)

An ideal course if you're keen on a professional role in the education and care of young children.

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Course length

1 year

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Course overview

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

The course establishes your knowledge of child development, health and diversity between 0 and 7 years. It emphasises the contribution of child-centred play-based approaches to learning.

We'll encourage you to question the aims and values of education and early years’ practices and processes – as well as the philosophies, beliefs and attitudes behind  them. You'll also examine current Government-supported initiatives and policies.

Six reasons to study Education and Early Years at Hull

  1. 98% graduate employability rating*
  2. Train to make a difference to young children
  3. 91% overall student satisfaction rating
  4. Study under experienced education professionals
  5. Learn about digital innovations in education
  6. Route to applying for Initial Teacher Training

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

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

  • Core

    Policy and Practice in Early Years and Care​

    Gain insight into current legislation, professional guidance and national and local policy initiatives. You'll critically analyse these, relating them 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.

    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. 

    Leadership, Management and Team Working

    Explore aspects of leadership, management and team working in the context of children's services and education. 


    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.

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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.

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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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*


£14,500 per year

UK/EU fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

*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 £9,203 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.

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

  • Early years practitioner
  • Child support worker
  • Parent support worker

This degree prepares you to work within the early childhood sector at level six, leading and supporting practice.

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*Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of 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

†Overall satisfaction score in the education subject area (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)