Kingston University London - Early Years: Education & Leadership in Practice BA (Hons) top-up

Kingston University London

Early Years: Education & Leadership in Practice BA (Hons) top-up

If you have a foundation degree in the Early Years and are employed in a setting, this course offers a work-based route to a BA (Hons) degree. You'll earn while you learn, combining academic study with work-based learning.

This course has been designed to develop your leadership practices within an educational setting. You'll build upon your working practice knowledge and examine the latest research and issues concerning early education. The course covers diversity and equal opportunities, inclusion, critical choices, liaison with multi-agencies and other adults, pastoral care, management, and leadership roles, and researching and developing an area of interest.

You'll develop your critical thinking and understanding whilst exploring theory and practical subjects through a range of learning experiences. Assignments enable you to draw on your professional knowledge in work-based situations.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is No.2 overall in the UK for education (Guardian league tables 2022).
  • This course is designed in collaboration with local authorities, Early Years settings, and other educational organizations.
  • The course reflects the evolving needs of the Early Years sector, ensuring you'll be kept up to date with the latest developments and initiatives in the Early Years.

Entry Requirements

  • FDAdA (or equivalent) in Early Years and experience in a relevant setting. Employment in an appropriate setting (paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week fothe r duration of the course. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview.
  • FDAdA in Early Years or equivalent qualification
  • 240 CATS points
  • Employment in an appropriate setting for 16 hours a week minimum for the duration of the course
  • Normally twyearss' experience in an appropriate Early Years setting
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5and, TOEFL scores of 79 to 93 or equivalencies required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Career Prospects

This qualification is valued by employers and will be a mark of your professional excellence and expertise, enabling you to develop your career. Once you complete this course, you will be well-placed to pursue postgraduate opportunities to enhance your professional development in education and related fields. Many graduates return to Kingston University for postgraduate and continuing professional development studies. These include Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS, Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or other masters studies.

Career opportunities after 

completing Early Years: Education & Leadership in Practice BA (Hons) top-up

  • Early Years manager

  • Early Years lead practitioner

  • Nursery manager

  • Early Years advisory roles

  • Family outreach worker

  • Play worker

  • Assessors, educators, tutors

  • Childcare coordinator

  • Children's centre manager

Course Details

The course covers the following areas:

  • leadership and management theories and models
  • inclusion
  • critical choices
  • liaison with multi-agencies and other adults
  • research an area of interest within Early Years practice


Leading Through Transitions
Leadership, Diversity and Equal Opportunities
Critical Choices For Leaders
Dissertation in an aspect of Professional Practice

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