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BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree Programme (PG)



October 8 at 9:00 am
April 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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Pen Green Research, Training and Development Base,
Rockingham Road, Corby,
NN17 1AG
United Kingdom

This one year BA (Hons) top-up programme, completed through three intensive study blocks, will build on your previous qualifications to further your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding.

This course is designed for those who wish to combine study with other commitments, and provides an opportunity to develop a range of vocational, academic and personal skills which will be of value in your practice in the workplace.

The BA (Hons) programme is practice-based. It is designed for those who wish to combine study with other commitments and is an opportunity to develop a range of vocational, academic and personal skills which will be of value to your practice in the workplace.

Following completion, a number of progression routes are available including Early Years Initial Teacher Training and the MA in Integrated Working with Children and their Families in the Early Years.

Why Study with Pen Green?

Pen Green Research Base is widely recognised by practitioners and official bodies as an exemplary centre for early years professional development. Based in our outstanding, integrated early years centre, this course will give you the opportunity to benefit from the activities and practices in our nursery school, early years provision and children’s centre.

Community learning 

Our courses offer a unique, community learning experience. We offer small, intimate cohorts and personalised support. On study weeks, students are encouraged to work in pairs and small groups, and to share experiences with their peers.

Staff and support

The programme is taught by an enthusiastic, experienced team of tutors from Pen Green. Tutors work as an integrated team, most have roots in early childhood education, primary education, social work, health care and research. All tutors are intent on supporting you as an independent learner and seeing you succeed and grow in confidence, knowledge and understanding as well as develop your practice working with children and their parents.

The BA (Hons) is a full time course, completed over one year in study blocks. It is a highly regarded and unique qualification gained through rigourous academic learning combined with substantial work based vocational training.

The programme has been structured to meet the needs of students who are working full time. Offered over one year, teaching is delivered across three study blocks amounting to 12 days in total.   We believe this mode of study enables students to focus fully on their learning during the study blocks, enhancing the overall teaching experience. It reduces regular travel and offers students more flexibility managing their learning than is usually available.

With emphasis on integrated working across education, health and social care, this course also focus on the complexity and challenges of working with families as well as the need to develop leadership capacity at all levels within and across organisations.

Course Attendance Dates

8th – 12th October 2018

14th – 18th January 2019

4th – 5th April 2019

Educational Aims of the Programme

The learning outcomes of the course are for students to:

  • Critique their own ways of working and the practice within their setting, drawing on theoretical knowledge and practice wisdom to improve practice;
  • Work effectively within a team, demonstrating leadership skills and qualities, being aware of personal responsibilities through following professional codes of practice;
  • Undertake critical analysis of their work with children and families through adopting a continuous cycle of evaluation, reflection, planning and implementation in order to improve practice;
  • Communicate effectively with families and other professionals, incorporating an ethical approach to their practice.
Learning Outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes in the following areas:

Growing Together – Parent and Infant Relationships

Leaderful Practice

You will also be working towards a dissertation on your chosen specialism throught the year.

The entry requirements for this programme are;

  • A Foundation Degree in Early Years or other related subject
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in working with children and families in an early years setting
  • An interview will be carried out which will include a series of discussion points and a written task to ascertain competency in the subject area.

The programme is subject to the University’s principles, policies and regulations for the admission of students to undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, along with associated procedures.  These will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certified learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).


The course fee is £9250.


Applicants should check with their local authority or employer about potential funding options.

You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Grant and/or Student Loan.

UK/EU Students

If you are a first time student, you may be eligible for Student Loan Company funding who will make payments directly to the teaching body of your behalf. You should apply for funding in advance of commencing your course.

Further details are available on the Student Loan Company website.

Applying for student finance for 2018/19
  • Please ensure that you complete a 2018/19 application.
  • Please ensure that you complete a new student application form (PN1) even if you have attended a different institution previously.

Apply online for your student finance

If you have any queries about which form you should complete, please contact us.

Sponsored Students

If a company or employer is paying your tuition fees you will need to bring written proof with you to registration. You will be liable for the fees if we do not receive a signed agreement form from your sponsor or if the sponsor fails to pay.

Please note that all applications should come directly to Pen Green at the address below.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us by phone on 01536 443435 or email.

To apply, complete the Application Form and email or post to:

BA Degree Administrator
Pen Green Research Base
Rockingham Road
NN17 1AG