BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education
  • Validated: Validated by University of Roehampton

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Kingston College continues to welcome applications for the 2020-21 academic year via UCAS.

September 2020 delivery

It is anticipated that delivery for this course in September will be delivered through a blended approach consisting of mostly face to face delivery and some remote learning. We will continue to be guided by the Department of Education and Roehampton University guidelines. Our class sizes are typically small which is beneficial in adhering to social distancing measures and keeping our students and staff safe. We aim to move to full face-to-face delivery as soon as Government guidelines allow us to do so safely.

Course Content

Award: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education (Top-up)

Awarding body: Validated by the University of Roehampton

UCAS Code: CC01

Location of study: Carshalton College

Course duration: One year Full-time Top-up

Academic year: 2020 September start


Days of the week: Students will be expected to attend one evening a week (Tuesday) 4.30-9.30pm plus extra sessions for personal tutorials and dissertation supervision.

Full time study: This course is full time study over one year.  You are required to attend the college for at least 30 weeks throughout the academic year of study.

Work placements: Work-based learning is embedded in the programme.  All students are required to be employed in the education sector and participating in a meaningful placement of not less than 16 hours per week.

Timetables: Timetables are available from the beginning of the academic year

Course leader: Terrie Blaszczyk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 020 8544 4353

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess 240 credits in a related specialism which has resulted in a Foundation Degree or equivalent in Early Childhood Education or related subject.

Suitable applicants from other institutions will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by completing a written task.

Additional requirements

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter at level 6.  Evidence of AP(E)L (original certificate and academic transcript) will need to be presented to and accepted by the University of Roehampton.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information, please visit our Credit Transfer page

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Education is run at Carshalton College and is validated by the University of Roehampton. Like many degrees, this course is a mixture of College taught elements and research-based learning. The taught components of the programme are designed to run over one year. The course offers a framework providing individuals working in the early years sector with a training programme that will increase their theoretical and statutory knowledge and understanding as well as employability skills. On successful completion of the programme students will have accumulated 360 HE points (240 at level 4 and 5 and 120 at Level 6). This will enable students to apply for Initial Teacher Training or EYTS and many other academic and professional progression routes including Masters level degrees.

It is a requirement of the programme that all participants will be working in an early years setting or participate in a meaningful placement of not less than twelve hours per week. A significant proportion of the programme is work-based with students completing modules at work with the support of college staff. This model of full-time learning at work and academic study allows students to remain in employment while completing their qualification. This programme is delivered according to current University of Roehampton regulations for undergraduate degrees. In order to achieve the qualification students must achieve a pass mark (40%) in all elements of the modular assessments.

International Students

This course is not currently offered to students requiring a Tier 4 Visa. There are courses available. for suitable Tier 4 students across STCG.

Module/Unit Information

  • Perspectives of Early Childhood Curricula and Frameworks (20 credits). This module is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of curricula and frameworks as a social construct emergent from social and political expectations. They will consider the broad perspective of education delivery in England and internationally, the function that a statutory curricula and framework performs in relation to implementing the educational philosophy of a country. Students will examine the impact of governmental influences on content, delivery and assessment within the regulatory framework.
  • Values, Leadership and Management in Early years Settings (20 credits). This module focuses on the importance of the ability to lead and manage teamwork in early childhood education provision. The module examines theoretical frameworks of leadership and management that are underpinned by core values. It aims to develop effective leaders and managers who within their role act as advocates for the young child and promote the continued development of high-quality provision.  
  • Contemporary Issues in Child Health (20 credits). This module is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of promoting child health and how this can impact on the child’s learning and development. It aims to develop a growing knowledge base of health-related issues and their management including the management of complex health needs in early years provision. Students will gain a clear understanding of their responsibilities to the child and its family within the legislative framework.
  • Dissertation (60 credits). This module focuses on the importance of the ability to plan a research project having due regard to ethical principles, time management, systematic analysis of data, sustained argument and a synthesised conclusion and recommendations. The module aims for students to plan and conduct ethical research within the student’s workplace or within the general field of education, with supervision:  this may be practical or theoretical.

Teaching and Learning

The modules are taught through a combination of workshops, lectures, e-learning and seminars.  All students are expected to prepare for the sessions by completing set tasks of recommended reading and/or research as stated in the ‘Overview of Sessions’ section of the module handbook.

Independent learning

In addition to weekly attendance for the modules, students are required to undertake 20 hours of independent study.  When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including access to the University of Roehampton library.



The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major Dissertation project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.  All assessment is spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on the following modules and assessments.


L6 Modules

 Module Code and Title

Assessment Instruments





 Report  10,000  100%


 Perspectives of Early Childhood Curricula and Frameworks

 Professional Review

 3,500  100%


 Values, Leadership and Management in Early Years Settings

Work-based Project /Essay 




 Contemporary Issues in Child Health








Academic support


Support is provided in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, at least 20 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Summary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment





Academic support 

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Teaching staff 

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course Costs and Financial Support

Fees: For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: £ 6350

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance
  • Exam Board and Roehampton registration fees where applicable
  • starter kits, such as course handbooks

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.


Bursaries, scholarships and prizes:The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students. Please see money to study for more information.

Careers and Progression

Progression to Initial Teacher Training programmes or EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status).  Alternative career pathways for graduates are within a variety of roles, such as administration and management in Early Years settings, therapists, social workers, special needs professionals working in schools, children centres and in the community, children's charity work undertaking policy and research, community support, welfare and housing professionals, working in the voluntary sector and for central and local government departments.


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