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Child and Youth Studies BA (Hons) Degree (Level 6 top-up)

This carefully designed course has been developed to provide progression for those who have completed a Level 5 qualification in Early Years Care and/or Education.

Children’s experiences during their early years create the foundations of who they become. As they mature into young people, their development is shaped by their environment, education and relationships. This course equips you for a career where you can have a positive impact on children and young people (0-19) at the most important stages of their lives. Working with children and young people is also about supporting them through the multitude of transitions they make towards adulthood.

Studying at Level 6 on this course allows you to specialise in those areas that capture your own professional interests, including an in-depth independent study. Insights gained through these in-depth studies will help you take on wider responsibilities in your field of practice. Lectures are three hours in duration and delivered by highly qualified staff who have excellent academic and practical backgrounds and experience in children’s and young people’s services.

The Degree consists of 4 modules and a dissertation over the year. The modules are:
Independent Study (runs across the year of study)
The Professional Practitioner
Leadership and Management
Social Policy: Context and Implications
Special Educational Needs and Disability

The tuition fee for academic year 2020-21 is £3,550 (part-time) or £7,100 (full-time). Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).
The Year 1 and Year 2 tuition fee for academic year 2021-22 is £3,656.50 for part-t.ime The full time 1 year tuition fee for academic year 2021-22 is £7,313.00. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index

Course Info

Level 6 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Childcare and Early Years
Course Type
Higher Education Part-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - You are required to hold a complete Level 5 qualification in a related subject. It is also desirable to hold a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above including: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 / GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4 / Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - You must be working directly with children aged 0-19 years in a voluntary or paid capacity for at least two days per week. All applicants will be invited to an interview at BMet to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. The University of Derby are required to approve all applicants prior to an offer being made.

Delivery and Assessment

You will learn through reflective tasks, work-based activities, presentations, tutorials and the use of online resources. There are no exams so you will be assessed using your work-based activities, creative presentations and essays. Everything you study will be relevant to your everyday work. You will also have the support of a critical friend as well as the tutors at College.


On successful completion of the BA (Hons) Degree, possible routes to further study include the following: PGCE Primary Education with QTS – University of Derby PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) – University of Derby PG Cert Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status – University of Derby Masters of Arts in Education – University of Derby
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our college buildings are closed to students and apprentices until further notice. All learning is online. Applications can still be made online.
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