BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership (Top Up) Course

University: This course is delivered and validated by Edge Hill University.

Start Date: September 2020

Duration: 12 months full time.

Attendance: One evening per week, 4.15 - 9.15pm

Date of delivery: To be confirmed.

Mode of application: Paper application via University Centre

Course Information

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges and rewards of leadership and management in an early years context;
  • Conduct a critical evaluation of the resources used in early years settings;
  • Analyses quality processes in the context of early years settings in the UK and internationally.

This is a Level 6 conversion programme, giving you the opportunity to progress from a foundation degree (or equivalent) to an honours degree in a relevant subject.

The programme is primarily aimed at those students progressing from the FdA Early Years Leadership, although progression from other related foundation degrees may be possible. You will develop knowledge and skills as an Early Years graduate leader enabling you to become an agent of change within your setting and beyond.

What will I study?

You will focus on the study of leadership and management in early years settings within a range of contexts, locally, nationally and internationally.

You will also learn how to boost your personal and professional development as a trained Early Years worker in the workplace.




How will I study?

The programme uses a variety of teaching methods, including lectures / presentations, collaborative group work, individual directed tasks and your own place of work.. Attendance is one evening per week with additional online support.

Supported learning using the internet and Edge Hill University's online resources is a major feature of the programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module that you study. This may take the form of an assignment, portfolio, presentation or a combination of these methods.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of lecturers and associate tutors with extensive expertise and experience and a passion for their subject. All of the team are involved in current research and have actively contributed to projects including the development of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL). Each member of the team brings a particular expertise and all are highly respected practitioners.

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you need to have completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years Leadership or a related subject. If you have an equivalent qualification, please check to ensure this is acceptable. It is desirable to be in a leadership role within your setting.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired and other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual's professional and employment experience (also referred to as 'experiential learning').

Previous learning that is recognised may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

What are my career prospects?

Early Years is a rapidly growing sector and our Early Years students work in settings across the UK. We offer excellent support throughout the programme to help you gain an understanding of the opportunities that exist as an early years practitioner.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees TBC for students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21guide at

Entry Criteria

Please note that there is a requirement to be working in an early years setting, ideally in a leadership role, as well as having a Foundation degree in Early Years Leadership or equivalent. For more details on entry criteria please follow the link to Edge Hill University’s website. You will also be able to discuss this at your initial advice appointment with one of our Support Tutors.

How to apply

Apply directly to Holy Cross University Centre.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to Edge Hill students.

BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership (Top Up)


Holy Cross University Centre
Manchester Road
Greater Manchester
0161 762 4513 or 0161 762 4529