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BA (Honours) Education - Early Years (1 year top-up)

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Education - Early Years (1 year top-up)

Prepare for a graduate leadership role in the ECEC sector, leading small scale research and managing change, learning and quality improvement in your organisation.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
What is the UCAS code? U8H8
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Develop and enhance the skills you need to take on a role with more responsibility.
  • Top up your current HND or Foundation Degree to a full undergraduate degree with honours.
  • Progress onto professional qualifications such as Qualified Teacher Status.

If you have a foundation degree or equivalent qualification with an early years focus and are employed or on voluntary placement in an early years setting, this course allows you to progress further and achieve a full honours degree. You gain the latest knowledge and thinking, learning approaches to developing effective practice in early years which draw on the latest research.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The approach to teaching and learning is flexible varied and responsive to your needs. You build on the knowledge, understanding and professional experiences that you bring to the course.

You will learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • group learning tasks
  • reflection on work-based learning
  • self-directed study

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Procter
Sarah Procter
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Applied learning

Applied learning is the ethos at the heart of all Sheffield Hallam courses, meaning that you are given the opportunity to put your study into practice.

You'll be taught by professionals who are active in their field - so you'll get cutting edge, industry focused knowledge of your subject. You'll gain real-world skills through placements, workshops and live projects, often getting the opportunity to work with big global brands.

Work experience is also embedded into every year of the course, so you polish your workplace skills alongside building a solid knowledge of your subject. Applied learning means that when you do start work, you can dive in and make things happen.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • management and curriculum leadership posts in education
  • higher level management and leadership positions in larger organisations

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

Typically you need
• a foundation degree or equivalent level 5 qualification with an educational focus
• to be in employment or on voluntary placement in an educational setting for a minimum of 16 hours per week
• at least one years¿ work experience or equivalent working with children and young people.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Professional Practice 2 (Setting-Based) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Professional Practice One (Setting-Based) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Leadership And Quality Improvement Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Planning A Research Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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