This top-up degree is designed for people working or volunteering within the early years sector who are keen to develop a deeper understanding of their work, including leadership in children’s centres and child welfare.Building on your Foundation Degree or previous experience, the degree focuses on the interaction between professional practice, work-based research and current policy within the sector.
Part-time study allows you to fit study alongside work and family commitments. You’ll be taught by friendly, supportive staff, experienced in working with adult learners and with substantial professional experience in the sector. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.
Is this course for me?
You’ll consider theoretical perspectives and approaches along with the key professional and policy developments within the sector. The emphasis on reflective practice will help foster a deeper understanding of your own professional development and the impact on your practice of the professional standards framework. Work experience and continuing engagement with your workplace are key elements of the course.We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.If you're interested in studying full-time you may also be interested in the Child and Family Studies specialist pathway available through our Professional Studies BA programme.
The course runs one afternoon a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other commitments.
This top-up degree will build on the learning outcomes of the Foundation Degree Child and Family Studies and your professional experience. The core modules will cover leadership and management, contemporary issues and debates, advanced work-based learning and research methods. In your final year you'll focus on your dissertation.
You’ll examine theoretical approaches to leadership and management in the public sector, and develop your ability to reflect on, and analyse, what’s happening around you, both in the workplace and in your personal life. You’ll also consider, from an in-depth theoretical perspective, areas of contemporary policy, such as restorative practice, leading you to better understand current demands on the workforce. In preparation for your final year research, you’ll deepen your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods in social science.
In your final year, you’ll undertake a piece of independent research, supported by a tutor who has knowledge and understanding of the practice, theory and research relating to the topic you have chosen. You’ll learn how to conduct research to sound ethical standards, choose and apply appropriate methodologies and write up your findings in a 10,000-12,000 word dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|LLLC3954||Leadership and Management in Work With Children and Families||20|
|LLLC3956||Child and Family Studies: Research Methods||20|
|LLLC3961||Contemporary Issues and Debates in Early Childhood Studies||20|
|LLLC3955||Advanced Work-Based Learning||20|
|LLLC3801||Dissertation for Early Childhood Studies||40|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.
Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, individual and group presentations and posters. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or equivalent
A Foundation Degree, Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent qualification in Child and Family Studies or a similar discipline.
A qualification at NVQ Level 4 with at least two years experience in a senior post working with children, young people or families evidenced through a portfolio of work, an extended piece of writing (to be set after interview).
Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum 4 hours contact each week.
If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.
Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.
How to apply
Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.
We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: Not applicable
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement
There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
For example, in 2016/17 depending on your circumstances up to £1,250 non-repayable financial support was available for year 1 from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.
A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. Successful students tend to stay within their organisations but are more likely to progress to managerial positions. Former students have also taken roles in quality assurance, child-minding support and at OFSTED. Others have progressed to postgraduate qualifications that have led to careers in teaching or social work.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website. The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students:
- explore their career options
- develop or enhance their employability skills
- gain work or voluntary experience
- prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
- find and apply for jobs