Early Childhood

BA Hons (University of Chichester)

a toddler playing outside

Availability & Details

Early Childhood, BA Top Up SF-EAYEL6-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, UCAS

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board
University of Chichester

How to apply

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This course provides progression for those students who wish to top-up their Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification.

Delivered one day a week, you will study a range of modules which enable you to explore key aspects of childhood. This course will help you develop problem solving, critical analysis and independent thinking skills.

You will have access to excellent support and resources from both the College and the University of Chichester. Working in the sector alongside studying, enables reflection and adds relevance to work as you develop skills of critical analysis.

The University of Chichester is the awarding institution for this qualification. 

You will require:

– Foundation Degree in Early Childhood (other qualifications considered)
– 240 UCAS credits (120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5) in a related subject such as Early Childhood
– You must have professional experience of working or volunteering in an early years setting (examples include a Nursery, Day Care, Key Stage 1 or Reception class of a school, or as a Childminder).

You are expected to attend one day a week at College, alongside working in the sector.


You will explore psychological, sociological, global, cultural, economic and educational aspects of childhood. You will develop problem solving, critical analysis and independent thinking. You will be able to explore particular areas of interest with your Independent Project. 

Assessment will include a variety of methods, including essays, reports, observations and academic presentations. You will be supported throughout and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during the course.

Students are qualified and equipped to work within management of early years settings. This qualification can also lead to Primary Teaching - Qualified Teacher Status or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) – through PGCE or Schools Direct. Other possible careers could include: Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teacher, Social Worker, Child Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Educational Psychologist, Paediatric Nurse, Speech and Language Therapist, Early Years Outreach Worker, Local Authority Worker and Learning Mentor.

Students work in early years settings alongside studying which brings relevant and current practice in a range of settings. Students sometimes change roles in order to gain a wider experience.

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student