Children and Young People’s Care and Education (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

Children and Young People’s Care and Education (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Care and Education is a top up for those who have completed a relevant Foundation Degree or HND who wish to study further to achieve a full degree qualification. It is designed for professionals working with children and young people (0-25yrs) in a variety of settings, for example schools, academies, children’s centres, nurseries, SILC’s.

Professionals working in the sector need to be able to demonstrate a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of key concepts and principles relevant to the current and emerging workforce. The modules are designed to enable students to personalise their learning in relation to their specialisms in the workplace. The course has been written with employability at the heart of its design enabling students to relate theory to practice in a meaningful way through debates, discussions, presentations as well as written work. We aim to produce capable and well-rounded graduates who will contribute to the local and regional economy.

Duration 1 year Full Time or 18 months Part Time
Study mode
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72225-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time or £3,625 Part Time (per academic year)

What you learn

Modules may include:


  • Research Methods
  • Purposeful Play
  • Family in a Contemporary Context
  • Contemporary Discourse
  • Dissertation



Benefits / Skills you will develop

The course will enable students to develop their professional knowledge and skills and apply it to current practice.

Students develop skills in communicating topics and findings from research to a particular audience. Also they will develop confidence in sharing knowledge with their peers both in college and in the workplace.

How you will be assessed

The assessment process is an essential element of the programme design. Methods are varied to support and enhance the module design and structure. Some modules are linked to allow application of theory to practice to be assessed. The tasks and assessment criteria are clearly explained to students in the module handbooks. Tutors explain these outcomes and methods to the students for clarity. Formative feedback is integral to the teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course. Students will take part in discussions, seminars and peer review and evaluations on an on-going basis. They are encouraged to share good practice from their work experience with their peers in group work, discussions and seminars. Assessment methods used include - Case studies, Work based projects, Essays, Reports, Presentations, Critical reflection and a Dissertation.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Part time students would be required to attend college one day per week for 3 semesters (18 months). Full time students would attend two days a week for one year (2 semesters). 

Entry requirements

This course has minimum entry requirements of Foundation Degree in a relevant subject e.g. FD Children’s Care, Learning and Development, FD Supporting Teaching and Learning or similar, with an average grade of 55%, together with a GCSE at grade C in English.

Students for part time study will need to be working in the sector and full time students will need approx. 12 hours placement on-going throughout their study. Students wishing to continue into teacher training will need GCSE grade C in Maths and Science also.

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity within the subject area.

The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification. Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process. (DBS) prior to commencement on placement.

All applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability for this programme of study and may be asked to provide evidence to support their application.

Additional Costs

As part of this course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will be expected to pay any fees associated with this. Fees are estimated to be around £60.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is L525 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time Higher Education courses, please apply here

What's next

Students can apply to do a PGCE or an In Service Teacher Training programme. They can also apply to other institutions to do a relevant Masters degree. 

On completion of Top Up students can either work in the early years or education sector in a variety of job roles or seek promotion within their current work place. Some of our previous students continued their studies and become Primary teachers, gained Management positions or are now teaching in Further and Higher Education. Students have also gained roles in Community Playwork and Children’s Centre Manager roles.

Many of our students are employed in the sector prior to starting on the BA (Hons) top-up and a growing number of students have been employed by their voluntary work placements during their study.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite