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BA (Hons) Early Years, Childcare and Education Degree

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Course Location

Ardleigh Green

Course Level

Level 6

Course Summary

The BA (Hons) Early Years, Childcare and Education is a three-year course. It recognises your existing skills and abilities as a practitioner in the Early Years’ sector and enables you to develop your ability to contribute to good practice, build on existing knowledge, and improve the personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. All work completed for this qualification will need to link theory to practice and reflect the work of your setting. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students.

Course Information

The BA (Hons) Early Years, Childcare and Education course is validated by the Open University. This degree will equip you with the understanding, skills and knowledge to enhance your performance in your current role and to enable career progression. Your programme of study will be closely linked to the workplace. This qualification is a classroom-based course.

You will study a selection of modules. Students will complete 120 credits per year:

Level 4 – Modules

  • Academic Research and Study Skills 20 credits
  • Equality and Inclusion 20 credits
  • Early Years Policy and Curriculum 20 credits
  • Emergent Literacy and Numeracy 20 credits
  • Work-Related Learning 20 credits
  • Child Development 20 credits

Level 5 – Modules

  • Introduction to Research 20 credits
  • Children’s Rights 20 credits
  • Safeguarding 20 credits
  • The Child in Context 20 credits
  • Social and Emotional Skills 20 credits
  • Professional Development and Partnerships 20 credits

Level 6 – Modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Well-Being 30 credits
  • Leadership and Management  30 credits
  • Action Research Project 60 credits

As a distinctly vocational qualification, the BA (Hons) in Early Years, Education and Care provides knowledge, skills and professional attitudes associated with early years’ childcare and education.

For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of three years. Attendance is one day per week plus placement. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme. Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module. Assessment will usually involve submitted assignments/in-programme assessments, reports and presentations. Many assessments are designed to reflect specific elements of Early Years practice.


On completion of this course, you could further your career through professional postgraduate study, for example, Teaching, Early Years, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy courses. Previous students have gone into the above professions as well as Early Intervention Services and local authority work.

How Will I Learn?

The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student registered in full-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits over one academic year. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress. Students will either be working or volunteering within an educational setting and be able to commit to self-study alongside the programme.

The curriculum is designed to equip you with skills that will enable you to progress to employment or further study.

Course Duration/Delivery

This is a full time course, and the course is studied over a period of three years. Attendance is 1 day per week plus placement which should be Employment in an Early Years setting, or the availability to be placed for a minimum of 12 hours per week. Placements need to be sourced yourself and be within the Childcare & Education sector.

Funding For My Studies

You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available.

Compulsory Cost


Compulsory Cost Details

2020/21 Tuition Fees: £6,000 per year (TBC)
DBS check: £44 (TBC)
Approximately £100 per year for academic reading books

Qualification Type

Higher Education

Exam Board

Open University