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BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years (Top Up, Part-Time)

Study part-time for the BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years, validated by the University of Bolton. If you’ve already completed a relevant foundation degree or higher national diploma, then this qualification is an opportunity to expand your understanding of early years education and improve your knowledge of wider related issues, from management and leadership to global educational perspectives.
18 months
Lee House, Manchester City Centre

This course is ideal for people who work in early years and are looking to enhance their career progression. The course has been developed to help you to explore a range of early years issues within a broader educational context.

When does the course start?

Course start dates - September 2024

What does the course cover?

On this programme you will study a variety of modules including:

  • The illusion of inclusion                                  
  • Global perspectives on education                
  • Investigating English language         
  • Leadership and management in the early years  
  • Dissertation                                                   

You will learn through a range of classroom based lessons and be assessed for the different modules through a combination of assignments, reports, coursework, case studies, presentations and a dissertation. 


Additional information can be found on the Universities website, click here.

When will I attend?

Attendance is required one evening per week 5.30pm - 7.30pm. 

What will I achieve?

On successful completion you will achieve a BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years, awarded by University of Bolton.

Graduates of this course will be able to apply for postgraduate courses in teacher education and other related fields, as well as employment opportunities in the field of education, such as family support workers, teaching assistants and learning mentors. Whilst the course does not lead directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), it does allow access to career pathways that require a full honours degree.

What are the entry requirements?

You must hold a foundation degree (FdA) or higher national diploma (HND) in early years and childhood studies (or another relevant qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5).

How much does the course cost?

Year one - £5,200

Year two - £2,600

Students are generally entitled to a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England.

For information on student finance visit


Lee House,
90 Great Bridgewater Street,
M1 5JW