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BA Early Learning (Progression Route)

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One year part-time.

This course starts in October and ends in May.

Typical Offer: 

240 credits

Please see Entry Requirements below.


BA Early Learning (60 credits) Part-time The BA Early Learning is an intensive work-based higher education qualification for experienced early year's practitioners who have completed a Foundation Degree in Children's Care Learning and Development or equivalent undergraduate qualification. On the part-time programme students must engage in 10 hours per week of work-based learning either with their current employer, or on a voluntary basis in a registered early years setting. Students are required to attend university for one morning each week normally Wednesdays from 0900-13.00. The programme focuses on developing students knowledge and understanding of the principles and values that underpin the learning and development of young children primarily from birth to 12 years old, and to critically apply these values and principles in order to develop their professional practice. The course is designed to offer you the opportunity to progress to teacher training or further postgraduate study. The programme has an established reputation and is supported by local employers and by the Local Education Authority. In order to succeed on the programme you need to be a hardworking and committed individual who wishes to improve your knowledge and understanding and your academic skills. The BA Early Learning programme is underpinned by the following principles and values agreed by the course team, and articulated in module lectures particularly in the Early Learning Practice Module. They are embedded in the Professional Practice Standards which students use as a tool for critically evaluating their own practice. Effective practice in the early years is based upon: Committed enthusiastic and reflective practitioners with a breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding involving:

Find out more about Student testimonial: "I chose the BA Early Learning course as it had a good balance of academic and practice modules, which I found to be a very beneficial aspect of the course as I was able to build upon my existing experience and skills. Completing the BA Early Learning has provided me with many opportunities to develop my knowledge and skills as an Early Years Practitioner. Although it was hard work, I have developed my knowledge of underpinning theory and been able to link these directly to improve my practice. I feel this increased knowledge has enhanced not only my skills but also my confidence and employability".

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Course modules

The Ordinary Degree route which is studied part-time (60 credits). With a choice of 1 module from the below. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Early Learning Practice (Mandatory)
Early Childhood Intervention (Optional)
Leadership and Management in Early Years (Optional)

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

240 credits

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Early Years

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies (Sociology)