Course Overview

This course is a top-up to convert the FdA Early Years Care and Education degree (or similar) into a full Honours Degree. The course consolidates the skills and knowledge you have previously acquired, whilst further developing your understanding of working practice.

The programme has been designed to equip you with the knowledge base and capabilities to excel in your chosen profession or alternative graduate opportunities. This is achieved through module content that is specific to particular areas of practice, which is then interpreted and developed through collaborative seminar discussion. You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional vocational and academic qualifications during your studies.

The course is multidisciplinary in nature and studies of the complexities of family life, the continuum of growth and the significance of childhood in contemporary culture and society. You will study children and young people’s development in an ecological context, drawing upon a range of influential factors such as anthropology, psychology, education, welfare, sociology and economics.

You will analyse and critically evaluate the processes that shape childhood and people’s lives, exploring topics that cover the changing nature of childhood, ethical principles in relation to working practice and young people’s rights. The course will prepare you with a broad understanding of early years, children and young people theory and practice, with a focus from birth to eighteen years.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Full Honours Degree Top-up
Awarded by
University of Plymouth
1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2022 - June 2024 (full-time) September 2022 - June 2025 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2022-23 are:

BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)

Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)

Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2022, please contact the team on [email protected]

(Please note, some fees may differ depending on programme)

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The thought of higher education was daunting at first, but the tutors supported me throughout my whole year of study, enabling me to gain good marks for my assessments. This degree is perfect if you don’t want to specialise within a certain year group within education, but is structured to enable you to explore your preferred topic/interest.

My advice for students would be that it doesn’t matter what age you are! Speak to the team at UCSD about what you would like to achieve and they will help you get there.

Loren Singleton-Green