Kingston University London - Early Years: Teaching & Learning BA (Hons) top-up

Kingston University London

Early Years: Teaching & Learning BA (Hons) top-up

If you work in the Early Years and have a foundation degree in Early Years (or equivalent), this flexible course is ideal for developing your career. You'll be able to balance studies with your employment and gain a full BA (Hons) degree.

This course has been developed to build upon your working practice through the examination of social, political, and cultural aspects of early education. As part of the course, you'll consider how creativity and play-act as tools for children's learning, and you'll learn how to make critical decisions that can transform practice. The course offers you an opportunity to explore multi-disciplinary working, deepen your knowledge and understanding of transitions that occur in childhood, and examine current issues in early education.

Assignments enable you to draw on your professional knowledge in work-based situations. You'll also have the opportunity to research and develop your specific area of interest.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is No.2 overall in the UK for education (Guardian League Tables 2022).
  • This qualification is valued by employers and will be a mark of your professional excellence and expertise.
  • You will be able to combine academic study with work-based learning, attending one teaching session per week at Kingston University.

Entry Requirements

  • FdA (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 for the duration of the course. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview.
  • FDA 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 two years' experience in an appropriate setting

  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, and TOEFL scores of 79 to 93 or equivalent are required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Career Prospects

This qualification is respected by employers and seen as a mark of 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 students return to Kingston University for postgraduate and continuing professional development studies. These include Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and Masters studies.

Career opportunities after completing Early Years: Teaching & Learning BA (Hons) top-up

  • Early Years manager

  • Children's Centre manager

  • Early Years Lead practitioner

  • Family Outreach worker

  • Assessor/Tutor

  • Play worker

  • Early Years advisor

Course Details

The course covers the following areas:

  • effective Early Years practice

  • play-based pedagogies

  • a range of transitional experiences

  • current issues in education and multidisciplinary working

  • inclusive practice and differentiated approaches

  • creativity across the curriculum

  • planning for critical issues

  • research design and methodology


Transition and Transformation
Creativity and Critical Thinking
Critical Choices For Leaders
Dissertation in an aspect of Professional Practice

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