Course Title Professional Development in Early Years BA (Hons) Top-up
Code 2D65

Overview of the Course

The Professional Development in Early Years BA (Hons) top up is an exciting course taught at Bury College University Centre and validated by the University of Bolton. It is ideal if you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies and allows you to develop a greater understanding of the psychology and philosophy of education and explore educational leadership in greater depth. You will also have the opportunity to undertake detailed research into an educational issue and complete a dissertation. The programme will provide the opportunity to progress on to postgraduate courses in teacher education and other related fields and to take up employment opportunities in the field of education. Please note that this course does not lead directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What are the career opportunities?

Whilst the course does not lead directly to Qualified Teacher Status, the Top-up does allow access to career pathways that require a full honours degree. Previous graduates have taken up posts through Schools Direct or new employment opportunities within education, as well as progressing onto postgraduate courses in teacher education and other related fields.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements include:

  • Applicants will normally possess a recognised Early Years related qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5; for example a Foundation Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies
  • Applicants should also have 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English Language
  • If you are intending to teach in the primary sector you will also require a GCSE Science qualification to progress to Primary Training courses
  • The following qualifications and subjects are not accepted: Adult Literacy, Adult Numeracy, Functional Skills, Key Skills Application of Number and Communication

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Course Duration

One year.

What topics will I study?

Topics covered include: 

  • Dissertation
  • Leadership and Management in Early Years
  • Philosophy of education
  • Psychology of education
  • Illusion of inclusion


Students are assessed through a combination of formative and summative assessments. The summative assessments consist of both written assignments and assessed presentations.

Special Features

This course incorporates a range of teaching activities including informal discussions and presentations, as well as workshops to develop essential research skills and visits from outside speakers on career progression routes.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

All students receive an initial allocation of 600 credits per academic year for printing and photocopying, additional credits can be purchased if required.

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