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Early Childhood Studies — BA (Hons) Top Up

Early Years

Course ID: 163472

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies.
  • Progress to positions of further responsibility within the Early Years workforce.
  • Apply for post-graduate qualifications on course completion.
  • Develop your own professional practice and broaden your skill set.
  • Recieve invalubale support from our passionate and dedicated teaching team.
  • Study in the College's inclusive and supportive learning environment and make use of our fantastic facilities.

What to expect from the course

The BA (Hons) top-up level 6 qualification is a one-year, full-time higher education qualification for experienced early years' practitioners who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

You'll develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and values that underpin the early years in order to develop your professional practice. The programme aims to encourage you to reflect and critically analyse a range of perspectives in relation to contemporary issues in the early years.

Skills and Knowledge Developed: You'll gain knowledge and understanding of the principles and values that underpin early years in order to develop their professional practice. The programme aims to encourage you to reflect and critically analyse a range of perspectives in relation to contemporary issues in the early years.

On successful completion, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects within the early years, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of a discipline
  • Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry
  • Devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of a discipline
  • Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship in the discipline
  • Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
  • Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources
  • Apply methods and techniques learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
  • Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete) to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions to a problem
  • Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

BA (Hons) Top-up Early Childhood Studies Programme Handbook (21-22)

This programme is validated by The Open University. To access the OU Regulations and OU Students' Guide, please follow the links below:

Open University Regulations

Open University Students' Guide


BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

Why study with us?

Within the scheme, there will be opportunity for learners to attain a level of professional practice. The level 6 top-up degree in Early Years is an employment-related educational qualification which will provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the Early Years sector. All modules link theory to practice.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

On completion of the course, you can progress to positions of further responsibility within the Early Years workforce.
You can also apply for postgraduate qualifications including Teacher Training or Early Years Teacher Status. You'll need GCSE grade C/4 in maths, English and science to progress onto a postgraduate course.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

• A full and relevant early years qualification at Level 3
• A Level 5 qualification with 240 credits achieved from a Foundation Degree in Early Years or a similar undergraduate level 5 programme
• Relevant experience within the Early Years
• Students are required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 8278.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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