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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2023
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:HF32

About the course

If you currently work in the early years sector and have a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent, this top-up course will bring you up to a full Honours degree in just one year - opening up exciting career opportunities.

The Applied Early Years Studies BA (Hons) is a top-up (progression) course which builds on knowledge and skills gained from work experience as well as a previous relevant Foundation Degree or a similar 240-credit course.

Your studies offer you the chance to develop an in-depth understanding of child development and early years education from a variety of professional perspectives. Your learning builds on your experience in the workplace and the course content adapts to suit your interests and circumstances.

Why choose this course?

  • Study alongside employment, putting theory into practice in your work
  • Develop your skills based on a sound knowledge and understanding of early years learner development
  • Be able to meet the needs of all children within a culturally diverse society
  • Build skills that allow you to communicate effectively with learners, colleagues, parents/carers and other professionals
  • Learn from tutors with a wealth of experience in early years education
  • Develop your understanding of the importance of education research and enquiry
  • Choose a research dissertation topic and carry out research in your own area
  • After graduation, progress in our own early years setting, moving towards leadership or management roles, or go on to early years or primary teacher training
The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Early Learning From Birth To Five (EDC185-3) Compulsory
  • Leading Practice In The Early Years (EDD013-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods In Applied Education (EDC243-3) Compulsory
  • Research Project In Applied Early Years Studies (EDD016-3) Compulsory

At Level 6 the assessment strategy for the course is less formative in nature and more summative. The first Research Methods unit that you take will introduce them to assessment at Level 6 and will act as preparation for the major piece of work that they undertake in the research project. All assessments are applied to your work or volunteer experience. The assessments will include formal essays, poster and PowerPoint presentations, research proposal, ethic approval documentation, and a dissertation report. The research based dissertation will enable students to carry out their own research project, guided throughout by a supervisor and will be the culmination of your work on the degree through the academic year. Throughout the course extensive use will be made of the University VLE (BREO) to provide information and further materials for study and facilitate interaction and discussion between students and between staff and students.

Why study in the School of Education and English?

  • Broad spectrum of opportunities to study language and linguistics
  • 92% satisfaction with English Language and TEFL, NSS 2020

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.


The early year’s sector is growing, with increased state support for childcare. This will provide opportunities for graduates able to contribute towards the provision of high quality education and care for young children.

The degree will allow you to progress within your own early years setting as a practitioner or, alternatively,
students may progress to primary teacher training, early years initial teacher training (EYITT) or other areas working with children from birth to age seven.

 

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student