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Early Years Professional Practice BA (Hons) (Top-up)

About the course

Our exciting new Honours degree has been specially designed to meet the demands of employers in the Early Years sector, as well as the current criteria for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), and Common Core of Knowledge and Skills for Early Years Workforce, as issued by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) - the sector's PSRB. This course gives you the unique opportunity to study early childhood as an academic subject and also develop your professional portfolio by engaging with Early Years practice. Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years (or an equivalent qualification) complete Year 3 of the BA (Honours) course.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Foundation Degree, or equivalent qualification. Evidence of work with young children. Recent DBS check.

How much does it cost?

University Centre Harlow currently charges an annual fee of £7750 for all of its degrees.

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available.

If you are over 19 you may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

*There may be additional costs for this course

Awarding Body

Anglia Ruskin University

Why study?

The skills, understanding and experience you acquire on this course will help you construct a sound knowledge and vocational base to undertake the role of an Early Years Practitioner with confidence. Those students not currently in paid or voluntary employment will be offered a place in an Early Years Setting. You will then be supported to identify a suitable person to act as your mentor in the placement. The blend of University-taught sessions and placement experience will enable you to develop appropriate transferable skills and a sound understanding of the link between theory and practice.

This degree also provides you with the opportunity for intermittent awards, making it flexible enough to suit to your needs. You may be able to achieve a Certificate HE after completing the Level 1 elements of your degree. Those completing the Cert HE may be offered an option of AWC at a later stage to complete the full degree through a tariff. You may also be able to claim for a staged award of an Ordinary degree at Level 3.

Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years (or an equivalent qualification) complete Year 3 of the BA (Honours) course.

Where will this course take me?

As the degree is informed by the CWDC's Early Years Professional (EYP) framework, it will provide you with the knowledge and experience to undertake this training through short extended and long pathways, which range from six months to one year. The skills, understanding and experience you will acquire on this course will help you construct a sound knowledge and vocational basis for the role of an Early Years Practitioner. The degree may also enable you to progress in other areas such as educational psychology and social work. The University is also starting a new programme, MA Early Years Professional Practice, informed by Essex County Council's Early Years remit. This degree would ideally prepare you for progression onto this exciting new Masters course.

Core modules

  • Developing Practice Through policy
  • Inclusive Practice in Childhood
  • Leadership and Management in Early Years
  • Professional Development
  • Undergraduate Major Projec

*These modules may be subject to change

Optional modules

  • Promotion of Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
  • Independent Learning Module
  • Special Study

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed through a range of assignments that develop your knowledge and understanding throughout your study. You will mainly be assessed through: written assignments (essays, critiques, analyses and reports); visual and oral presentations; poster presentations and commentary; web-based discourse; use of a reflective journal; workplace diaries; action plan, development plan, learning contract; child study and observations; exhibitions and presentations of work to the employers; and a professional development portfolio. There are no examinations in the degree.

Will I have to provide anything?

A USB memory stick and general stationery

I'm interested. What should I do now?

For general enquiries, or advice, please contact the Harlow College Guidance Centre on 01279 868139 or email

Full-time applications must be made through the Universities’ Central Applications System. This is done via the UCAS website

Students need to register, complete an application and have a reference added. Full details are given on the UCAS website and help can be obtained from school, college or the Guidance Centre.

You will also need to apply to Student Finance England for financial support. Once you have completed a UCAS form, you can apply for finance using

After 1 July, the 'Clearing' process begins to operate. Applicants should contact 01279 868139 for further advice.

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