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 Early Years Practice or a similar
undergraduate course. students develop knowledge and understanding of the
principles and values that underpin the early years in order to develop their
professional practice. The programme aims to encourage students to reflect and
critically analyse a range of perspectives in relation to contemporary issues in
the early years.
The course is awarded by the Open University.
Skills and knowledge developed: Students will 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 students to
reflect and critically analyse a range of perspectives in relation to
contemporary issues in the early years.
On successful completion the student will 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
- 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
- Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review,
consolidate, extend and apply their 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
- Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist
and non-specialist audiences
Special features: Within the scheme, there will be opportunity for the
learners to attain a level of professional practice. The level 6 top up degree
in Early Years is an employment-related education qualification which will
provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the
Early Years sector. All modules link theory to practice.
The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:
QualificationsBA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
This course leads to...On completion of the course graduates can progress to positions of further responsibility within the early years workforce. Students can also apply for postgraduate qualifications including Teacher Training or Early Years Teacher Status. Students will need GCSE grade C in Maths, English and Science to progress onto a postgraduate course.
Entry RequirementsA 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.
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