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Undergraduate course

Development & Education of Children & Young People: Early Years Top-Up


This is a contemporary qualification combining theoretical perspectives with the core features of employer engagement, accessibility, progression and partnership. This course runs one night a week over the course of a year (with occasional Saturdays) and will not cost your employer anything. This course is a great chance to improve your knowledge, skills, confidence and employability while you work.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – D1BACWEYT (Full-time) | D2BACWEYT (Part-time)
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £12,750 per year full time

Course overview

Areas of study include a variety of disciplinary and ideological perspectives relating to early childhood development and education, along with research informed practice and the development of your reflective practice.

On this course you will integrate your existing knowledge, experience and skills with those acquired through engagement with the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies. The course is rewarding and intellectually stimulating. It will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your professional role and explore the relationship between research and practice. Key values, issues and concepts pertinent to the development and education of children and young people will be debated to give you a better understanding of the contexts children, young people and families experience. There will be a special focus on the Early Years within some modules.

This course incorporates academic study and work based learning. There are four themes which are embedded throughout the programme; research and innovative intervention; employability; reflective professional practice and promotion of graduate attributes.

Course structure

Level 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Participation and voice 
  • Global perspectives relating to Early Years 
  • Ethical issues relating to Early Years 
  • Dissertation: Early Years 

Optional Modules:

  • Understanding care 
  • Counselling, coaching and mentoring skills 
  • Promoting social justice 
  • Leading and managing in the workforce 

All modules are worth 20 credits (except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits)

Entry requirements

You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for undergraduate study. In addition, students wishing to enrol should typically have the following:

Level 1 Enrolment

  • At least six months work experience in the wider children’s workforce.
  • English Language GCSE at grade C, or equivalent level 2 award
  • A relevant level 5 qualification.
  • A letter of support from an employer which confirms that they are employed or volunteering with them and have satisfactory DBS clearance.




International Applicants

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University (see

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing. Students who wish to accredit prior experience must be able to demonstrate;

  • Appropriate subject knowledge or skills where relevant;
  • Intellectual capacity
  • Ability in written and oral communication
  • Match between your skills and experience with the skills profile and desirable characteristics of the programme.

This evidence may be presented in a portfolio as agreed by the Subject Director.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.


View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our ‘Apply Now’ links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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