BA (Hons) Early Childhood Level 6 Top-up

Higher Education

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Course fees


Awarding body


Full Time - September 2020


University of Chichester


Course introduction

The Early Years sector is forever changing and at a fast pace and it is essential that we listen and respond to Government and employers, to ensure that the students have the very best experience that will prepare them well for their future career aims and ambitions.

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood (Level 6 Top UP Degree) is a one year full-time programme of study here at Brockenhurst. This course is delivered one day a week.

It provides a progression route for those students who wish to top up their HND or Foundation Degree in Early Years.

The range of modules, enable students to explore key aspects of Childhood, with a balance of practical and theoretical application of knowledge. Students will develop problem solving, critical analysis and independent thinking skills as well as gaining knowledge of area ,which are of particular interest.

There is also some time spent with the New Forest National Park Rangers as part of the Learning, Teaching and Caring in Adventure Education module.

    Why choose Brock for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Level 6 Top-up?

    At Brock we deliver this programme in partnership with the University of Chichester, which supports us to provide a quality learning experience.

    All members of the teaching team are Early Years practitioners with a wide range of experience both in the Early Years sector and as academics.

    Degree classifications and module grades for this course have been consistently good and in-line with those of students studying in a university-campus environment.

    Teaching & learning

    Your teachers will bring the latest research along with established academic theory into the classroom through a variety of blended methods, including: direct teaching, seminars, problem-solving sessions, activity-based learning and adventure education.

    The teaching team has also published articles and advised on various Early Years issues and has won an Innovation Award for teaching and learning.

    Course structure

    You will learn through a wide variety of teaching methods, including lectures, group work, seminars and presentations.

    The following modules are indicative of the course structure and content:

    Children’s literature and the media

    This module explores different areas of literature and media that are specifically designed for children such as books, computer games, film and television. 

    Independent project

    The independent project is designed to engage the student in a longer-term and analytical piece of research on a topic relevant to childhood studies (early years).

    Learning, teaching and caring in adventure education

    This module is designed to give you experience of innovative and adventurous environments in which children can develop, learn and play, such as Forest School and Beach School.  

    Leading and managing professional practice

    This module aims to introduce you to the key factors that affect strategies for leading and implementing change in the work or volunteering environment.

    Special Educational Needs and Disability

    The central aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the issues that surround special educational needs and disability (SEND) in society and early years settings, with particular reference to up-to-date government policy initiatives and legislation. 

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Working with Children and Families / Level 5 Foundation Degree Early Years (240 credits)
    • Grade C/4 at GCSE is desirable
    • You must be employed for a minimum of 12 hours per week or undertaking voluntary employment in an Early Years Setting/ Environment 0-8 age range.
    • If wishing to progress to EYTS / PGCE / SCITT training following the completion of the Degree, GCSE Science, Maths and English at Grade C/4 are required.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessments are designed, written and validated by the University of Chichester to meet the different learning needs of students, making certain that you can achieve your potential.

    Assessment methods include the production of presentations, assignments and portfolios.  This is welcomed and encouraged by the student voice both at Brockenhurst and Chichester.

    Information & support

    As a Higher Education student, you will be provided with many things to support you, but there may be additional costs for specific modules such as Academic Poster printing and Binding of Independent Projects.

    The programme runs one day per week and is full-time. You are expected to be in early years practice for a minimum of 12 hours a week, attending 6 hours in College at lectures, which will also include individual tutorials for modules.

    The expectation is that you will spend a further 4-6 hours engaging in independent study.

    Student Transfer Arrangements

    Transfer in

    Application to the Higher Education programmes at Brockenhurst College is by Direct Entry using the online form and communication with the relevant Early Childhood and Health Department. In some circumstances, a student may have accumulated credits elsewhere that could be accredited as prior learning. In this case the process of transferring will be considered in line with College and University of Chichester’s admissions policy which can be accessed here.

    Transfer to Alternative Programmes

    As an academic partner of the University of Chichester, the arrangements that the College adheres to for a student, in certain circumstances being allowed to transfer from the programme for which they first registered, will prompt a meeting with the Head of Curriculum, Lisa Bell, to discuss in the first instance. Please also refer to the University of Chichester’s ‘Transferring Out’ process which can be accessed here and scrolling down to Student Transfer Arrangements, as well as the University of Chichester’s Academic Regulations  - Section 1: 4B Transfer to Alternative Programmes:

    What can I do with this qualification?

    The degree equips graduates to explore a range of careers in the early years sector, as well as completing being able to progress onto post-graduate qualifications, in order to work in the field of health, education and social work. 

    For example: Learning Mentor; Early Years Teacher (EYTS) Primary School Teacher (SCITT) Special Educational Needs (SEND) Teacher; Early Years Lecturer; Early Years Outreach worker.

    We also have a progression agreement with South Coast SCITT (School  Centred Initiated Teacher Training ) at Bransgore Primary, which is run through the University Of Winchester.

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