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Early Childhood Studies (BA top-up)

BA (Hons) - single

The Early Childhood Studies one-year top-up course builds on your previous study and offers you the chance to complete an honours degree. To apply for this course you will have completed the foundation degree in Early Years or equivalent Level 5 sector-endorsed qualification foundation degree.

It is taught at The School of Education at our Harcourt Hill campus and at two of our partner colleges:

The modules allow you to explore key aspects of early childhood education and care that are of a particular interest to you. They will also help to build up your academic skills in preparation for your final dissertation and prepare you well for progression to the next level, for example a PGCE or master's degree. Typically in the one-year top-up course you will study eight modules.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Harcourt Hill Campus / Abingdon and Witney College / Solihull College / Swindon College

Course length

  • Full time: 1 year

UCAS code

X315 (Oxford Brookes, Harcourt Hill campus)
X317 (Solihull)
X319 (Swindon)

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £9,250

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2019/20: £7,350

International - full time off-campus fee: 2019/20: £9,000 Note: International study not available at Solihull College

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU & International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Specific entry requirements

To apply for this course you must have successfully completed the foundation degree in Early Years or equivalent Level 5 sector-endorsed qualification.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

Full-time: apply through UCAS »

International applicants

International applications

This course is not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Find out more

For full details about studying Early Childhood Studies, please visit the College website.