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BA Early Years: For those with a Scottish HNC pathway

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This degree is made up of 300 or 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

This pathway begins with the 30-credit module Make your experience count (UXC122) in which you’ll collect, organise and present evidence of your own learning and practice in Early Years or Childhood Practice settings. You’ll also develop your study skills and (as all the study materials are delivered online) gain and become familiar with a range of IT skills. You’ll:

  • learn how to identify, reflect on and capture your own experiences
  • examine your personal and professional development
  • explore how you might plan your future studies.

You’ll also complete a credit transfer application from your HNC Early Education and Childcare to the BA Degree to give you the remaining credit needed for this stage.

Stage 2

Stage 2 is equivalent to SCQF Level 8. You’ll begin with the 60-credit module Working with children, young people and families (K218)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-3,module,K218,,1, which has been mapped to the Scottish Standard for Childhood Practice. The interactive teaching and learning activities for this module are delivered online. Five themes underpin this course:

  • Knowledge, skills, values and technologies for collaborative practice
  • Diversity, inequalities, and rights
  • Spaces and places where children, young people and families live, learn and spend time together
  • Relationships between children, young people, families, community and society
  • Critical understanding of policy, practices and services.

You’ll follow this with a work-based learning module, Extending professional practice in the early years (E210)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-3,module,E210,,1 (60 credits), investigating practice in your own work setting. Key themes include researching practice and leadership, and you’ll explore:

  • change and development in early years policy and practice
  • practitioners’ roles in initiating and facilitating change
  • practitioner research with a focus on listening to children.

Stage 3

Stage 3 is equivalent to SCQF Level 10 and comprises two 60-credit modules. The first, Working together for children (KE312)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-3,module,KE312,,1, focuses on supporting the development of a skilled, effective, integrated and interdisciplinary workforce for children. You’ll gain:

  • the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively, effectively and equitably
  • critical understanding of the ethical, social, legal, political and practice factors and frameworks as applied to work with children
  • the knowledge and skills required to improve children’s wellbeing and outcomes.

At this point you can claim the 300-credit BA Early Years if you wish.

To ‘top up’ to the BA (Hons) Early Years your final practical project-based module, Issues in research with children and young people (EK313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q51-3,module,EK313,,1, teaches you to undertake research with children including:

  • searching for and reviewing existing literature and theories
  • identifying research questions and hypotheses
  • selecting an appropriate research method
  • collecting and analysing data
  • interpreting and discussing results
  • presenting and writing up findings.

The module raises questions about children’s participation in society, and how they view their own worlds and understand their own experiences. It will help you design your own research project and introduce you to the wide range of methods and research projects that others have used.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes five years part-time study to complete this qualification but you can take up to ten years. You can complete this degree in a minimum of five years.


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