BSc (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-Up - Inclusive of Level 4 and 5 Pathway Diploma


The BSc in Early Childhood Studies programme provides a comprehensive education on child development, education, and care. It equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with young children and their families in various educational and childcare settings. This programme establishes a strong foundation for early childhood education and advocacy careers.

The BSc (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme delivers a dynamic educational experience for students aspiring to engage in early childhood education and development. This undergraduate degree programme strongly emphasises comprehending the critical stages of early childhood, spanning from infancy to primary school age. It delves into the multitude of factors that influence a child's growth and learning. Throughout the programme, students are exposed to a wide array of topics, including child psychology, early education pedagogy, child health and well-being, and the socio-cultural influences on early childhood development. The curriculum is thoughtfully crafted to nurture a deep understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by young children and their families, equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to impact the field positively.

Anglia Ruskin University's BSc (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme offers a supportive learning environment with experienced faculty and access to cutting-edge research. Graduates from this programme are well-prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities in early childhood education, social services, child advocacy, and more. It serves as a solid foundation for individuals passionate about nurturing and shaping the future of our youngest learners.

The programme comprises two phases; the first is the Qualifi Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare, awarded by Qualifi and delivered by the School of Business and Technology London. The second phase is the BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies Top Up, awarded and delivered 100% online by Anglia Ruskin University. At Anglia Ruskin University, you will study through Canvas, a world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), accessed from your phone, pc or tablet at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.

After successfully completing your studies, you'll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus at Anglia Ruskin University. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible, we'll arrange to send your certificate to you. School of Business and Technology London partners with Chestnut Education Group to promote this programme.

Anglia Ruskin University began in 1858 as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridge shire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. The university has campuses in the UK (Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough), as well as they are partnered with institutions around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

  • Assignments and Project
  • No examinations
  • A Level or Equivalent 
  • Minimum 1 Year of experience in Early Learning and Childcare.
  • Further, candidates are also required to demonstrate their English language proficiency.

Learners must request before enrolment to interchange unit(s) other than the preselected units shown in the SBTL website because we need to make sure the availability of learning materials for the requested unit(s). SBTL will reject an application if the learning materials for the requested interchange unit(s) are unavailable.

Learners are not allowed to make any request to interchange unit(s) once enrolment is complete.


Phase 1 - Qualifi Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare

Programme structure

Level 4

The Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare comprises 9 units. To obtain the Diploma, learners must complete all mandatory units, earning 34 credits. Additionally, they should select at least 6 credits from the optional units. A total of 40 credits is necessary for Diploma completion, along with at least 30 hours of teaching practice.

Mandatory units: 

  • Child development and enabling children to learn

Reference No: J/650/0974

Credit: 9 || TQT: 90

This unit aims to equip learners with a comprehensive understanding of diverse early years pedagogical approaches influencing holistic learning in babies and children aged from birth to five years. It delves into local statutory planning and monitoring requisites. Learners will also explore leadership, mentoring, and managerial skills. The unit emphasises comprehending how babies and young children learn and translating theory into practical application. Additionally, it examines developmental disparities, the potential for developmental delays, the impacts of transitions, and how children learn in various environments. It empowers learners with proficiency in utilising observation, Assessment, and planning to foster children's development. To demonstrate their assimilated knowledge, learners must integrate it into their day-to-day responsibilities with children aged from birth to five years and document practice modifications in their setting via a portfolio.

  • Physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo) in early years

Reference No: K/650/0975

Credit: 6 || TQT: 60 

In this unit, learners will grasp the advantages of physical activity and the significance of a balanced diet for the health and well-being of babies, children, and their families. They should consider statutory framework mandates and national, local, and international initiatives, advice, and perspectives relevant to health and well-being. 

  • Supporting children with additional needs

Reference No: J/650/0992

Credit: 4 || TQT: 40

This unit endeavours to enhance the leadership and management capabilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in effectively guiding best practices for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

  • Partnership working in early years settings

Reference No: L/650/0976

Credit: 6 || TQT: 60

This unit seeks to assist learners in comprehending the legal obligations associated with collaborating with families. It emphasises the positive impact of effective partnerships with other professionals on the well-being and development of babies and children. Learners will also delve into the varied needs of families and strategise ways to surmount potential obstacles to successful partnership working.

  • Implementing and evaluating change through a research project

Reference No: M/650/0977

Credit: 6 || TQT: 60

This unit mandates learners to devise, execute, and assess change about a chosen theme, accomplished through a modest research endeavour. Learners will also grasp the ethical considerations integral to research. The chosen theme, subject to agreement with the assessor, enables learners to introspect on their practices, employ current research to propose enhancements within their setting, put these proposals into action, and report on their outcomes.

  • Legal requirements in Childcare

Reference No: R/650/0978

Credit: 3 || TQT: 30

This unit encompasses the necessary knowledge and understanding regarding health and safety, equality and inclusion, the Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Employment Rights, and Special Educational Needs, including Looked Children. It also addresses the preparations for Ofsted inspections, the formulation of policies and procedures, and the utilisation of information to oversee the quality of the setting's practices.

Optional Units

  • Assessing and planning for children's changing developmental needs

Reference No: T/650/0979

Credit: 6 || TQT: 60

This unit's objective is to equip learners with the knowledge, comprehension, and skills required to conduct observations for assessing and planning for children's evolving developmental needs over an extended duration, commonly referred to as a longitudinal study. The study is to be conducted over six months.

  • Caring for babies

Reference No: D/650/0980

Credit: 6 || TQT: 60

This unit fosters the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to care for infants aged 0-18 months.

  • Caring for children through play out of school

Reference No: F/650/0981

Credit: 6 || TQT: 60

This unit aims to cultivate the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to provide care for children and young people outside of regular school hours and during school holidays.

Level 5

The Qualifi Level 5 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare comprises 10 units. To attain the diploma, learners must finish all mandatory units for 96 credits. Additionally, they must select a minimum of 24 credits from optional units. In total, a minimum of 120 credits must be achieved, along with 100 hours of teaching practice.

Mandatory units:

  • Management of children's care

Reference No: H/650/0982                         

Credit: 20 || TQT: 200

This unit aims to provide learners comprehensive knowledge and comprehension of theories, principles, and models pertinent to early learning and childcare. Learners will apply these concepts, deepening their grasp of communication and Assessment in this context. The unit will additionally encompass the utilisation of theories and models for specialised curriculum development and the application of theories and models for reflective practice.

  • Children's well-being and resilience

Reference No: J/650/0983

Credit: 26 || TQT: 260 

This unit strives to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding, and skills essential for comprehending and nurturing children's well-being and resilience. This encompasses appreciating each child as an individual and ensuring inclusive treatment for all.

  • Positive behaviour in early years

Reference No: K/650/0984

Credit: 20 || TQT: 200

This unit's objective is to give learners the necessary knowledge, understanding, and skills for formulating and executing strategies and policies to promote positive behaviour in children.

  • Child development and communication skills in early years

Reference No: L/650/0985

Credit: 30 || TQT: 300

This unit aims to enhance learners' comprehension of the anticipated trajectory of children's development and the factors that impact it. Specifically, it seeks to deepen learners' understanding of how children's communication skills progress from birth to 7 years old.

 

OPTIONAL UNITS

  •  Managing children's holistic development in early years

Reference No: M/650/0986

Credit: 16 || TQT: 160

The goal of this unit is to enable learners to effectively strategise and oversee the comprehensive development of children, tailored to their specific requirements. Learners will assess strategies for enhancing literacy and numeracy and implement theoretical approaches in their professional practice.

  • Developing children's literacy skills

Reference No: R/650/0987

Credit: 16 || TQT: 160

This unit aims to empower learners to foster children's literacy skills.

  • Developing children's mathematical skills 

Reference No: T/650/0988

Credit: 8 || TQT: 80

This unit aims to enable learners to enhance children's mathematical skills.

  • Safeguarding in early years

Reference No: Y/650/0989

Credit: 16 || TQT: 160

This unit aims to cultivate learners' comprehension of the role and extent of safeguarding in early years education and the policies and procedures for enacting safeguarding protocols.

  • Health and safety in the early years

Reference No: F/650/0990

Credit: 8 || TQT: 80

This unit aims to foster learners' knowledge and comprehension of the early years education's pertinent health and safety prerequisites. It further aims to equip them with the capability to implement policies and processes related to health and safety.

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in early years

Reference No: H/650/0991                

Credit: 8 || TQT: 80

This unit seeks to enhance the learner's knowledge and comprehension of the legislation about children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the measures in place to address additional needs in early years education.

 

Phase 2 - BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

Programme structure

  • Early Childhood Leadership and Management
  • Children's Rights
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Leading Change in Early Childhood Contexts
  • Early Childhood Graduate Competencies
  • Undergraduate Major Project

Delivery Methods

The programme comprises two phases; the first is the Qualifi Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare, awarded by Qualifi and delivered by the School of Business and Technology London. The School of Business and Technology London offers flexible learning methods, including online and blended learning, allowing students to choose the mode of study that suits their preferences and schedules. The programme is self-paced and facilitated through an advanced Learning Management System. Students can easily interact with tutors through the SBTL Support Desk Portal System for course material discussions, guidance, assistance, and assessment feedback on assignments. School of Business and Technology London provides exceptional support and infrastructure for online and blended learning. Students benefit from dedicated tutors who guide and support them throughout their learning journey, ensuring a high level of assistance.

The second phase is the BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies Top Up, awarded and delivered 100% online by Anglia Ruskin University. At Anglia Ruskin University, you will study through Canvas, a world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), accessed from your phone, pc or tablet at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.

After successfully completing your studies, you'll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus at Anglia Ruskin University. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible, we'll arrange to send your certificate to you. School of Business and Technology London partners with Chestnut Education Group to promote this programme.

Resources and Support

School of Business & Technology London is dedicated to offering excellent support on every step of your learning journey. School of Business & Technology London occupies a centralised tutor support desk portal. Our support team liaises with both tutors and learners to provide guidance, assessment feedback, and any other study support adequately and promptly. Once a learner raises a support request through the support desk portal (Be it for guidance, assessment feedback or any additional assistance), one of the support team members assign the relevant to request to an allocated tutor. As soon as the support receives a response from the allocated tutor, it will be made available to the learner in the portal. The support desk system is in place to assist the learners adequately and streamline all the support processes efficiently.

Quality learning materials made by industry experts is a significant competitive edge of the School of Business & Technology London. Quality learning materials comprised of structured lecture notes, study guides, practical applications which includes real-world examples, and case studies that will enable you to apply your knowledge. Learning materials are provided in one of the three formats, such as PDF, PowerPoint, or Interactive Text Content on the learning portal.

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