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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Degree Top Up (University of Chichester)


Do you have a Level 5 qualification in Education or Early Years Childcare and wish to gain a full degree?

This BA Hons (Top Up) course validated by the University of Chichester, leads on from the knowledge gained in the Foundation Degree in Early Years and challenges you to focus on other elements that will challenge and enhance your professionalism within the sector.

You will study 5 modules at Level 6:

Leading and Managing Professional Practice

The Leadership & Management modules will draw on your own experiences – offering an action plan for change as part of your reflections. The 4000 word portfolio assessment will consider the historical and political values of the subject and how this impacts on the Early Years Sector.

Learning, Teaching and Caring in Adventurous Education.

In Adventurous Education you will spend time out of the classroom, exploring other learning environments such as the beach, forest and parks. You will be challenged to think ‘Outside of the Box’ in order to enhance your own practice.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The subject of Special, Educational, Needs & Disabilities(SEND) is taught by a SEND professional who will lead you through the many challenges and implications of ensuring the needs of all children and young people are met in their learning environment.

Children’;s Literature and the Media

The Children’;s literature and the media module explores the genres through which children can learn in society today and questions the validity of them! You will also look back at how the evolution of the media by which children can learn has changed.

Independent Project : Double Module

Throughout the course duration you will be required to research a topic of your choice that links to your professional practice and submit a dissertation of 8000 words as your final piece of work.

As a student of Crawley College, you will have access to all of our services, which includes study support, the Students’ Union, nurseries and our library’s online resources. In addition, you will be able to access the library services and online support from the University too.

Special features of this programme include:

  • Students can progress onto a teaching top up qualification or move onto studying at Masters Degree level at University.
  • Small group sizes ensure you get the support you need to succeed

At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to celebrate your achievement with a full graduation ceremony with other collaborative BA Hons (Top Up) Degree students at Chichester Cathedral.


This one year top up degree is the final element of the 3 years of study early years practioners can undertake to gain their full BA Hons Degree.

The Level 6 BA (Hons) in Early Childhood top up is provided for the following foundation degree:

  • Foundation Degree in Early Childhood (Chichester)
  • Foundation Degree in Early Childhood (Isle of Wight)
  • Foundation Degree in Early Childhood (Fareham)
  • Foundation Degree in Early Childhood (Crawley College -Crawley)
  • Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support (Chichester)

This course is suitable for students who have gained 240 credits (120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5) in a related subject will also be considered.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

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