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BA Hons

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Top-up

Childhood Studies

Key Facts

Level 6
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
1 year or 2 years Part-time
Mode of Study:
Full-time and Part-time
Awarding Body:
How to Apply:

You can apply directly to us for a part-time course, please download our Higher Education Application Form, complete the application form and return it to:-

Higher Education Office,
Wakefield College,
Margaret Street,
Wakefield WF1 2DH

Or you can email it to


Develop your understanding of early education and child development in the family and society, choosing a research dissertation topic and much of the course content to suit your interests and circumstances.



The course has been developed in partnership with employers to ensure the current government reforms in education are met. The reforms focus on early childhood development and the importance of high-quality early years provision to provide the foundations to prepare young children and babies for the best start in life.

The program will also ensure you are fully prepared for a successful career and allows students who currently hold a foundation degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND) to complete further study to top up their qualifications and obtain a full honours degree. You will build on what you have already learned from previous study and will gain knowledge to support you in your career.

Course Features
  • Huge investment in our new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre

Course Structure


You will study a range of theoretical modules covering elements which will enhance your understanding of working with children in early years and primary education. You will have the opportunity to undertake a major study in education which will develop independent research skills and personal and professional competence in planning for and carrying out a project.

Modules studied include:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Supporting learning in young children
  • Research methodologies
  • Major study in education



Entry Requirements



Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development or Early Years.


Completion of the first two years of a BA (Hons) or an equivalent qualification such as a Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject.

Fees & Funding


These fees relate to 2021/22

Tuition fee: Part-time (two years) - £3,475.00 per year
Tuition fee: Full-time (one years) - £6,950.00 per year

All eligible Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Part-time Home and EU students on their first higher education course who are studying at least 25% of a full-time equivalent course can apply for a non-means tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Course Costs Included in the fees



Course Costs Not Included in the Fees


A DBS Enhanced Disclosure is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses which require you to work with children and/or vulnerable adults. If you do not have a DBS an intend on conducting research for your major study which involves children and/or vulnerable adults you will be required to obtain one. Approximate cost £45.00

Further details on DBS disclosures can be found at GOV.UK, by contacting the DBS information line on 0870 9090 844

The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.
Bursaries and scholarships


For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.

Other Financial Support





A degree in early childhood studies is an excellent foundation for a career working with children and young people in many sectors, including health, education and social care

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.



Upon successful completion of your studies, progression onto the following postgraduate programmes may be of interest; Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS); Graduate Entry Mainstream Teacher Training; Primary Education (Early Years and Key Stage 1) PGCE with QTS Teacher Training; Primary Education (General); PGCE with QTS Teacher training (Lifelong Learning); PGCE full-time Teacher training (Lifelong Learning); PGCE part-time Action Research for Education; MA Early Childhood Studies; MA Education; MA Leadership in Education and Public Services; PgDip Education and Youth Work;  MA Youth and Community Work (Professional Studies)


I first studied here on the foundation degree, which was really interesting, especially the module which dealt with strategies to prevent and support types of behaviour, which I found really useful and enjoyable.

I decided to continue my studies here on the BA top-up course, and so far the modules have been enjoyable, particularly health & well-being and pedagogy. The pedagogy module was really helpful as I learnt about the different teaching styles and have been able to discuss these with the teacher in school whilst on placement.

I’m enjoying my time here and I’ve learned a lot. The tutors here are very supportive and are always available to help. In September, I hope to begin the PGCE at the University of Huddersfield and I’m really looking forward to it. After this I want to go on to work as a teacher of early years.

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Asiya Hussain
BA Hons Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Top-up