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BA (Hons) Early Years Practice

Develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges and rewards of leading and managing practice in early years settings, while also exploring a range of approaches to play-based provision.

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    Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2020
    Subjects: Education and Teaching
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Holy Cross College, Bury

    This is a Level 6 conversion programme, giving you the opportunity to progress from a foundation degree (or equivalent) to an honours degree in a relevant subject.

    This programme is primarily aimed at those students progressing from a Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice, although progression from other related Foundation Degrees may be possible. You will develop skills and knowledge related to early years practice and develop your conceptual understanding as an early years graduate practitioner.

    If you already have an Early Years foundation degree and you are in a practice-based role wanting to ‘top up’ to a full honours degree then this is the course for you.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    You will focus on aspiring to work with and manage provision in early years settings within a range of contexts.

    You will also learn how to boost your personal and professional development as a trained Early Years worker in the workplace.

    How will I study?

    Following an initial on-campus induction, you will engage in online face-to-face sessions with your tutors one afternoon per week. You will also be invited to attend on-campus sessions 5-6 times per year at the beginning of each module. Along with face-to-face sessions, you will be asked to complete directed tasks and carry out independent research.

    Supported learning using the internet and Edge Hill University’s online resources is a major feature of the programme. No prior IT experience is necessary, as full support will be provided.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed in each module that you study. This may take the form of an assignment, portfolio, presentation or a combination of these methods.

    There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

    Who will be teaching me?

    You will be taught by a team of lecturers and associate tutors with extensive expertise and experience and a passion for their subject. All of the team are involved in current research and have actively contributed to projects including the development of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL). Each member of the team brings a particular expertise and all are highly respected practitioners.

    A Great Study Environment

    The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

    Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

    The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.


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    FDP3000Demonstrating Critical and Personal and Professional Effectiveness in Early Years (30 credits)

    Demonstrating Critical and Personal and Professional Effectiveness in Early Years focuses on current issues and approaches to research in early years care and education. The module provides an opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of research methodology. You will be expected to demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to work independently and using your own initiative through carrying out a small scale work-based research project. You will select the focus of the research yourself (subject to agreement from tutors).

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    FDP3001Working Collaboratively to Meet the Needs of Each Child (30 credits)

    Working Collaboratively to Meet the Needs of Each Child enhances your knowledge and understanding of the current policy, legislation and government initiatives relevant to early years with the focus on supporting an individual child within a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment. The module will enable you to critically evaluate strategies used in early years settings to support a specific child in all areas of learning and development identified in the early years curriculum. You will be able to define the role of the early years professional within the current educational structure and be able to understand the wide range of roles and responsibilities of professionals working collaboratively both within and beyond early years settings to support each child. The module will also help you to identify your personal role in supporting children’s learning and development through making explicit links to your practice.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    FDP3002Managing Play-based Provision in Early Years Settings (30 credits)

    Managing Play-based Provision in Early Years Settings focuses on theoretical and practical approaches to play-based provision. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on examples of best practice in relation to the development of effective play-based provision. The module will help you to further your knowledge and skills in organising and managing indoor and outdoor environment that promotes children’s learning across all areas of learning and development as identified in the curriculum requirements.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    FDP3003Early Years as a Career: Leadership and Teaching ( credits)

    Early Years as a Career: Leadership and Teaching introduces you to a range of career options within the context of early years with a focus on the teaching and leadership routes. The module will enable you to explore and analyse the general principles and concepts of pedagogy as well as help you to map your skills against current teacher’s standards. The importance of leadership skills will be emphasised throughout the module, and in particular, the professional qualities and attributes of the graduate leader. You will be able to define the role of the teacher and early years leader and to understand the wide range of their roles and responsibilities in a school or an early years setting.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


    You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    To join this programme you need to have completed a foundation degree in Early Years Practice or a related subject. If you have an equivalent qualification, please check to ensure this is acceptable. It is desirable to be in a practice-based role within your setting.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    Early Years is a rapidly growing sector and you will receive excellent support throughout the programme to help you gain a first post as an early years practitioner.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this conversion degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this conversion degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at


    How to Apply

    There is an online application process for this programme.

    Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date, location and mode of study.

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    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    3rd June 2020 - Changes to Programme Delivery

    Changes to programme delivery mean that following an initial on-campus induction, students will engage in online face-to-face sessions with their tutors for one afternoon per week. You will also be invited to attend on-campus sessions 5-6 times per year.

    Covid-19 - Early Years Practice Essential Information

    Early Years Practice Course Statement

    Delivery for each module will consist of six hours of on-site teaching (delivered accumulatively, where appropriate) supported by a minimum of four hours of online learning comprising synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support.

    Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

    In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

    Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

    In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.