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BA (Hons) Children, Learning and Development (Early Childhood)

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Children, Learning and Development is ideal for those who have recently completed a relevant foundation degree and requires students to be either working or volunteering in an appropriate setting for 14 hours per week during term time. The programme has two distinct pathways: Early Childhood or Education

Early Childhood (0-7)

Voluntary placements need to be undertaken in a school or early years setting rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted. Practice-based learning is combined with campus-based sessions at the UCNL; full-time attendance on the course is normally 7 hours, one day a week, over one year. Students studying part-time will attend one evening a week for two years. It is a work-based course which will see you combine practice-based learning with campus-based sessions, allowing you to continue in work whilst studying.

Programme Aims

1. To prepare students in aspects of management and leadership in education to take wider responsibilities within their chosen field of practice

2. To provide opportunities for study and critical evaluation of contemporary educational research

3. To develop critically reflective and ethically aware educators of babies, children and young people

4. To broaden students’ perspectives by developing awareness of international curricula and cultures in education or early childhood studies

During this programme, students will study 4 modules and will complete a dissertation. Core and pathway specific modules relevant to the chosen sector will be studied, which develop practice whilst challenging students’ understanding and knowledge of children and young people.

This course is validated by the University of Hull.

Full-time students will take the following modules over one year. Part-time students will do the same modules, but the order of modules will be different and negotiated with the individual student.

Modules are as follows:

– Leadership and Management in Early Childhood 20 credits
– Safeguarding 20 credits
– Contemporary Issues and International Comparisons 20 credits
– The Early Years Reflective Practitioner (Early Childhood pathway) 20 credits
– Dissertation 40 credits

You will normally have 240 HE credits from a foundation degree or an HE Diploma in a relevant field of study such as Early Childhood or Education Studies.

The University Centre will accept students progressing from the FdA Children, Learning and Development and the FdA Applied Studies, but will also look to enrol students who have studied foundation degrees at other institutions, providing the programme content is comparable.

However, if you have alternative qualifications please contact the programme team by emailing

In the first instance we encourage you to make contact via the UCNL Advice Office to discuss the programme informally with the Programme Leader.

Formal applications must be made through the UCAS website:

UCAS Institution Code N64

UCAS Course Code M7A2

Awarding Body University of Hull.

Duration of Study 1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)

There are a range of career pathways or higher level education programmes available to you on completion of this programme:

Early Years Teacher (after PGCE, SCITT or similar)
– Primary Teaching (after PGCE, SCITT or similar)
– Post Graduate Course
– Nursery Management
– Community Play Support
– Teaching Assistant
– School, Family and Welfare Liason
– Special Education Needs Support
– Specialist Subject Support
– Mentoring

A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, case studies, reflective logs and oral presentations. All assessments allow students to reflect on practice and make relevant links to theory and to develop key employability skills.

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    • Course Title

      BA (Hons) Children, Learning and Development (Early Childhood)

    • Start Date


    • Full Time – Typically Sept-Jun delivery

    • Enquire Now