• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Do you want to take your career in Early Years to the next level? We've designed this course for Early Years professionals who are already qualified at Level 3. Typically you'll have one to two years' experience working with young children and feel ready to take the next step in your career.

Encouraging children to learn through experience and creating a secure environment will be your main responsibilities. You'll learn how to develop young children's curiosity alongside teaching them practical skills.

Working as a practitioner you'll already have experience and the necessary personal attributes for working with children. You'll leave Bucks with a more in-depth understanding of how your role can help a child reach their full potential.

What will this course cover?
While on this course you'll cover a range of topics that will benefit you
in your career working in Early Years. Throughout your learning we also focus on supporting your professional and personal development so you can be the best you can be.

We develop your professional skills through exploring the latest research and legislative frameworks.

In year one you will cover: child development, the team supporting the child and learning through play.

In year two you will study: children, families and society, inclusion and curriculum principles. You'll finish the course confident in applying your skills and knowledge to practice.

Course Details

Early Years education is part of our School of Health and Social Sciences. We've designed courses to support people working in public, independent and voluntary sectors. At Bucks we keep in contact with the practice environment and work with employers to make sure we build a highly skilled and competent workforce.

What are the course entry requirements?

This course is designed for students who have around two years of relevant experience and normally work 15 hours a week or more.

Typically you already need to have one of the following qualifications:

  • NVQ Level 3 Qualification in Children's Care Learning and Development
  • Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Pre-school Practice and Child Minding Practice
  • BTEC National Diploma Early Years.

If you are successful we will invite you for an interview.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • The Developing Child
  • Personal and Professional Development in Practice 1
  • The Team around the Child and Young Person
  • Developing Practice, Play and Playful Pedagogy

Year 2 Modules

  • Curriculum: Principles in Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development in Practice 2
  • Children, Families and Societies
  • Inclusion


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £4,900 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

After this course many students progress to our BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Early Years Top-up) or work towards their Early Years Teacher
status (EYTS).

You can also choose to complete Postgraduate Certificates in either Education or School Direct Teaching programme. Choosing to continue your education will develop your skills further and broaden your knowledge.

How will you help prepare me for my future career?

We will help you to further understand the growth, development and learning of young children. You will understand the values and historical, cultural and legal frameworks that influence Early Years care. You'll also learn national and international perspectives on supporting the development of children.

At Bucks, as well as giving you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed, we develop important attributes required to be confident working in Early Years.

By the time you finish the course you'll be able to work with increased confidence and ability to work in multi-agency environments as part of a team.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.