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Early Years BA (Hons) Top-Up (Part-Time)

15 Months
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: Undergraduate qualification in a relevant subject worth 240 credit points (including FD Early Years or related area), of which 120 should be at Level 5

Course Info

This course is perfect for people who are working with children and young people that have previously studied to and achieved a Level 5 qualification in early years/childhood studies. It is an ideal route to a degree for students who have previously completed the Foundation Degree in Early Years – also offered at the University Centre.

This programme provides a progression route for students wishing to be part of the graduate children’s workforce of the future and it will be a significant step toward achieving Early Years Teacher Status or Qualified Teacher Status should you wish.

This sector is changing and evolving, it is envisaged that the new professional will be leading and shaping these changes.

The programme team has worked in partnership with employers to develop a newly refocused programme which is relevant and progressive allowing practitioners to further enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities.

This programme should challenge and encourage you to ask questions of yourself and your role and deepen your understanding of early years.

Modules to be studied are:

  • Collaborative Approaches to Research
  • Child in Society
  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Becoming a Change Agent
  • Dissertation

Important Links:

  • Click HERE for the programme specification
  • For a full list of the University Centre’s regulations and policies please click HERE
  • Click HERE for The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards


Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects and independent study supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Tutor Profiles

Joe Lockwood

Joe Lockwood is an experienced practitioner who has worked across a range of sectors including Social Care, Early Years, and the Voluntary and Community Sector. Joe has over 20 years experience in working in Disabled Children’s Services, with particular focus on working with those with complex medical needs, and Autism.

Joe is Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Early Years at University Centre Calderdale College. Joe has a range of academic and professional qualifications, including a BA (Hons) in Education, MA in Continuing Professional Development (Early Childhood Studies), and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training, and an MA Short Advanced Pedagogy. Joe is a member of The Society for Education and Training, and has presented at the annual Education and Training Foundation national conference.  She is currently undertaking the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic management and Leadership.

Pooja Sharma

Pooja Sharma has over 22 years’ experience working in the early year’s sector, She has held a unique range of posts. She has managed pre-school settings, worked as a primary school teacher, with The Care Inspectorate, as a volunteer teacher in rural districts of India alongside owning her own nursery.

In 2015 she was appointed an Early Years Subject Specialist with Pearson, which called upon rigorous checking during the assessment process of qualifications at different further education institutions. This also led to her working as an education consultant.

Pooja has an established background in Early Years and has been in Higher Education within the field of Education for the past 8 years, prior to which she taught in further education for 6 years.

During her time spent in further education she was programme leader for the Level 3 Early Years qualification alongside training Teaching Assistant’s.  More recently in 2010 her focus shifted to Higher Education, She now works within the Teacher Education and Early Years teams on a range of course. She has a BA in Childhood Studies, Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Primary), Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Professional Studies and more recently completed her MA Education (Distinction).

Julie Jones

Julie has 25 years’ experience of working in the early years sector. She has held a range of positions, both paid and voluntary, including; childminding, working in a pre school, managing a private day nursery, working as a Local Authority advisor, teaching and assessing early years and early years management apprentices and being an early years Ofsted Inspector. Julie has also been involved in delivering training and teaching within the early years sector for over 15 years, teaching a variety non accredited and accredited courses from entry level to level 5.


Julie is the course leader for the Early Years Foundation Degree at the University Centre, Calderdale College. Julie has a range of academic and professional qualifications with a particular focus on children’s mental health. Julie is an Early Years Teacher and has a Foundation Degree in Early Years, BA Hons in Education and Training, and has recently been offered a place to study for an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This is a Level 6 entry programme and applicants will normally be expected to have an undergraduate qualification worth 240 credit points including FD Early Years or related area, of which 120 should be at Level 5.

Applicants should also have a GCSE English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above. Those wishing to continue onto Primary Teaching qualifications following the course will need to have Maths and Science at GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 also.

All programmes of study are conducted and assessed in the English language. Hence, applicants seeking admission are expected to be able to communicate effectively in the English language.

Suitably qualified overseas applicants may be required to evidence this by achieving a minimum of International English Language Testing System (IELTS 6.0) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL: 550 or equivalent).

There are no appointed placements undertaken in this course however there is the expectation that potential students either be in Full or Part time employment, undertaking at least three days amounting in no less than 16 hours voluntary employment per week in an early years setting.

Applicants who demonstrate in their UCAS application that they have met the academic requirements, thought about the appropriateness of the programme, have a clear idea of their progression route and have the relevant personal skills and qualities will be invited to interview.

Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.