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BA (Hons) Applied Care Practice (Early Years) (Progression Route)

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


One year starting in September.

Attendance one day per week.

Typical Offer: 

FdA/FdSc or equivalent Level 5 qualification in an appropriate subject, such as Social Care Practice, Early Years Practice, CCLD, Dip HE, or HND.



The BA (Hons) Applied Care Practice (Early Years) Progression Route is relevant to practitioners working in Early Years, with children in care and education, and also to those who manage provision in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The applied nature of the degree provides theoretical knowledge along with practical application related to social care in contemporary society. The programme has been developed to allow those in the early years sector to further develop existing skills, and develop a broad range of practice skills, knowledge and understanding within key subject areas and to acquire and enhance their professional values, there is a particular focus on integrated practice. The programme has been specifically designed as a progression year for students successfully completing the Foundation degree in Early Years Practice with 240 credits at Level 5 but welcomes students with similar qualifications. Attendance is one day a week during term time and students are expected to be in paid or voluntary work in a relevant setting for at least 10 hours per week.

The course is delivered at University of Suffolk at Great Yarmouth where students will belong to a large and growing group of Higher Education students with their own dedicated facilities. Classrooms are brand new and equipped with technology. There is a higher education study/common room and access to a well-stocked library.

One of the key strengths of the programme is its recognition of the value and relevance of the students practice and professional experience to a shared development. It recognises that effective practice requires committed, enthusiastic and reflective practitioners who have a breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding of working in education, health and social care. The programme encourages students to reflect on the skills required to establish and maintain good working relationships with both clients and families; to gain an understanding of the individual and diverse ways that we live; to extend their knowledge and understanding of their practice in order that they can actively support individuals; and to work effectively with families, carers, the wider community, and other professionals within and beyond the setting.

Relationships with employers are strong, some organisations actively encourage their staff to attend the Foundation degrees and have fully supported the development of the progression year.

Students should expect that achievement of this degree will enhance their career prospects and progression and will allow students to access postgraduate opportunities such as teaching (PGCE) or a Masters in Social Work for example. The course is also designed to enable students to move between sectors and to participate fully within integrated teams.

Students will be supported in their specialist areas by sector professionals all of whom have recent practitioner experiences and relevant qualifications. Tuition fees include high levels of academic support, assessment for additional needs support if appropriate, access to thousands of journals and books online, virtual learning opportunities, very accessible tutors, good quality learning spaces and experienced teachers. 

Course modules

The course comprises practical and theoretical learning that is transferable to different settings, clients and areas of practice and addresses the common principles of Care.

Each assessment (theoretical and practical) of the course is embedded in practice and designed to encourage and enable students to demonstrate synthesis of key theories and concepts and how these may be understood and applied to the early years sector and specifically to their particular area of practice. The content is current and delivered by experienced, subject specific lecturers.

During this programme students will develop their understanding of practice and service provision in more specialised areas and will carry out in-depth examinations of theories and research with emphasis upon critical evaluation of both theory and professional practice. Students start by examining current issues, policies and debates in social policy and the care sector, including diversity, race, class, gender, sexuality, age and disability and an analysis of the approach to providing welfare services throughout the lifespan. Next the focus will be on a critical understanding of approaches that try to chart the life-course via stages or phases. Cultural and gender factors will be explored and links made with how services are shaped. 

The sharing of practice experiences will be invaluable during the development of the portfolio and research project modules, where it is expected the students will focus on their individual working environments and pathways.

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.

Social Policy and Practice
Transitions and Lifespan Development
Specialised Practice Portfolio
Research Project

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £13,992 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

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.

Entry requirements