• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

Course Overview

This top-up degree is flexibly designed to enable practitioners in community health, education, social care and policing to meet their continuing professional development (CPD) needs and develop their expertise in their practice setting.

What will this course cover?
This work-based programme is open to students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or a Diploma in Higher Education.  It is designed to help you develop your theoretical knowledge and expertise and enable enhanced practice and career progression.

You can choose to study our BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Early Years) either full-time or part-time.

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

Students will have 240 credits within a specialist subject area so will have knowledge and critical understanding of their area of study and the way in which those principles have been developed. Students will be able to articulate and apply those principles in an employment context as a competent practitioner. It is expected that students will normally be employed but must have access to at least 6 hours of work experience per week.

Applicants must have 120 credits at Level 5 in a field related to their award pathway and must be working in a relevant area of community health, education and social care.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Supporting the Emotional & Physical Health and Wellbeing of Children (optional)
  • Learning and Teaching with Technology (optional)
  • Reflective Portfolio (optional)
  • The Investigative Framework (optional)
  • Vulnerability and Protection across the Lifespan (optional)
  • Leadership and Management in Practice (optional)
  • Introduction to Safeguarding Studies (optional)
  • Contemporary Issues and Inter-Professional Practice (optional)
  • Law of Civil Liberties (optional)
  • Research and Innovation in Practice
  • Leadership and Management in Practice
  • Critical Issues in Early Years Practice


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £8,000

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500

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

This course offers a grounding that enables early years practitioners to knowledgeably enhance their practice with children and their families.  As a successful graduate you will have a desirable qualification for career progression, including highly sought after jobs within early years and education.

Further opportunities for successful students include progression onto early years teacher or wider teacher training programmes or studying at master’s level towards an award in a relevant field of interest, for example MA in Education, MSc in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding or MSc in Mental Health and Well-Being in Education.

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.