Applied Early Years Studies (Top up) BA (Hons)





About the course

If your ambition is to enter an Early Years profession, and you have a Foundation Degree, get an Honours degree in just one year with this top up course.

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 Applied Early Years Studies BA (Hons) is a top up (progression) course which builds on knowledge and skills gained from a previous, relevant Foundation Degree e.g. the University of Bedfordshire FD Early Years or a similar 240 credit course.



Applied Early Years Studies (Top up) - BA (Hons) - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
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  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Applied Early Years Studies (Top up) - BA (Hons) - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - HF32
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
  • Download Course Specifications




Why choose this course?

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  • Learn about early education, child development, and the developing child in their family and society and in local and global contexts
  • Study based on a holistic approach to learning and understanding the needs of children and builds on your experiences in the workplace
  • Develop your understanding the importance of education research and enquiry, and carry out research in your own area
  • Gain practical skills by undertaking work placements
  • Benefit from a course that provides a clear route into a professional graduate role in Early Years, through Early Years teacher status, primary initial teacher training or leadership and management



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Research Methods
  • Early Learning from Birth to Five
  • Leading Practice in the Early Years
  • Research Project



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We are very proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of the strong and effective partnership with schools and colleges in Bedford Borough; Central Beds; Luton; Milton Keynes and Peterborough. Our employment rate is amongst the highest in the country and the university hosts an annual Teaching Fair, which brings students and employers together for job and networking opportunities.

We take particular care to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, and we encourage all students to reach their potential in a supportive environment.

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How will I be assessed?

The assessments will include formal essays, presentations, discussion board based work, and a dissertation report.

The first Research Methods unit you take will introduce you to assessment the standards expected and will act as preparation for the major piece of work that you undertake in the research project.

The research-based dissertation will enable you to carry out your own research project, guided throughout by a supervisor and will be the culmination of your work on the degree through the academic year.

Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

  • This top-up year caters for students who have 240 credits from either our own University of Bedfordshire FdA Early Years Studies or an Early Years Studies course from another institution that would give 240 credits and has an element of direct practice with young children.
  • Students are usually working or volunteering in settings where there are young children operating within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Students with other relevant Level 5 qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • International students must have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Employability is central to the course both within the curriculum and in the extra-curricular activities promoted by the course team. You will use real life case studies drawn from Early Years practice which will allow you to make the links between your academic work and professional practice. This will help you develop your professional skills in readiness for the workplace.

Visiting speakers from a range of disciplines within the Early Years field support your awareness of professional practice in context. The course team works closely with the Careers and Employability Service to promote relevant paid and voluntary work.

The degree will prepare students for a wide range of graduate careers across the Early Years field, such as children’s centre managers, day care managers, specialist leading two year olds provision in schools, as well as teacher training or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) courses. You should aspire to leadership and management positions in the sector.

The progression award for Applied Early Years Studies is rooted in your work-based practice. Course content, assignments and research are linked to your setting and your professional development as an early years practitioner. This is an exciting course for early years specialists in which Early Years Teacher status can be built into your studies.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research

Location

Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer.

..it brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.

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