Childhood Education Studies BA (Hons) Top-up (Online)

Overview (NV)
Course length
12 - 18 months online
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Childhood experiences shape all our lives and being part of that journey, helping children and their families as a professional, is hugely rewarding. UCB’s “flexi-learn” online top-up in Childhood Education Studies provides knowledge, understanding and transferable skills to boost employability opportunities in a variety of career pathways.

The course will give you the academic knowledge to succeed in a constantly changing job market and provide an in-depth understanding of children’s complex psycho-social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs. Modules examine the sociology of childhood and present opportunities for you to enhance a range of inter and intra-personal communication skill sets.

The course is taught as an online top-up and has been developed to offer an authentic sense of community using a blend of communication tools including “real-time” online conversations and activities and web-based/email delivery. Face-to-face contact with module staff, personal tutors and dissertation project supervisors is facilitated using web-conferencing software; and students are offered training to become familiar with the software before the course begins. 

Why should I study this course?

  • As an online course, it has a flexible approach to learning, which enables you to enhance your knowledge and skills whilst maintaining full or part-time employment.
  • You will develop and enhance the employability skills required in a diverse range of careers working with children and their families.
  • You will develop a broad appreciation of the issues surrounding childhood development, and the social trends shaping childhood, education and the family.
  • Your awareness of legislative frameworks and approaches which surround childhood and the family will be enhanced.
  • You will be given the opportunity to study specialist fields through option modules which relate to future career pathways.
  • For the dissertation project, you will be given the opportunity to explore a research topic in a field that interests you and is relevant to career choices. 

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Online part-time route

You will be required to engage with online learning and teaching materials for a minimal number of hours for each module. The timetable comprises: a dissertation module (40 credits), which runs throughout the year; one compulsory (30 credit) module, which runs in semester one; and a compulsory 30 credit module and a 20 credit option module in semester two.

The dissertation module is supervised and each student will be given five 20-minute meetings with their supervisor (delivered via web-conferencing software) throughout the year. All modules include “live” webinar sessions where students can meet module teaching staff; online video/text discussion forums where students can meet and work together; a minimum of three “live” classroom sessions (which will be video recorded for posterity); and weekly interactive learning and teaching content.

Each student will receive one formal academic tutorial per semester with their individual tutor. 

Individual study

You will need to allocate a minimum number of study hours per week, although in some weeks the amount of time may extend beyond this particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments. The Canvas Virtual Learning Environment provides 24 hour, 365 days a year access to learning and teaching materials.


The course employs a variety of approaches to assessment which encourage you to demonstrate your strengths in a number of different ways. (Assessments employ a diverse range of technologies and students are offered pre-tutoring in the use of such technologies during induction). Assessment is 100% coursework based and encourages reflection on practice to facilitate the application of theory to practical contexts.

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Applicants require a relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits. 

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

Modules (NV)


Plus one option from:
International Perspectives of Childhood Children's Voices Health and Wellbeing in Context
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work Placement

UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies and we will work with you and industry providers to secure placement experiences where appropriate to do so.

We have developed close working relationships throughout the child support and education sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

Employability (NV)


Our BA (Hons) flexi-learn top-up degree provides an exceptional qualification for students intending to work in a profession related to childhood and education.

This degree opens up job opportunities in child-related organisations including:

  • Education
  • Leisure
  • Welfare
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy

Many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers, nursery school managers/owners, work in the social care field or work with children with complex behavioural or learning needs.

If you would like to continue your study after graduation, UCB offers postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PG Dip level.


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired team comprises specialist staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

The Hired team also have an online presence within this programme and a member of staff will be available for one hour per week through video conferencing to address any concerns you might have, to offer career advice and guidance and to support you in all employability matters. Find out more about hired@UCB services.