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Early Years Professional Studies

BA (Hons) Degree

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Early Years Professional Studies (EYPS) is for those with an interest in working with children and young people aged 0-25.

It provides a coherent progression route to a Warwick Honours Degree, for students who have been awarded the Warwick Foundation Degree in Early Years. External applicants who have a sector-endorsed foundation degree from elsewhere may be considered. Students may study the 120 credits (Level 6) on part-time or full-time basis. The programme is suitable for those who wish to combine study with other commitments and promotes a range of academic, key and subject specific skills. It builds on prior experience and learning and offers innovative teaching and learning experiences.

For those who wish to take their study further, the degree will also offer a preparation for further study at Masters Level or for application to Initial Teacher Training courses.

Starts Monday 5 October 2015
Day and time Dependent on year of study - evenings and occasional Saturdays
Fee See Student fees and funding for more information
Venue Westwood Campus, University of Warwick
Entry requirements Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years
External applicants are normally interviewed by the course selector
Length Full-time from October 2015 - July 2016
Part-time from October 2015 - July 2017

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Important Dates

The closing date for applications for this course is Monday 10th August (Internal candidates) and 31st August 2015 (external candidates).

The course will commence on Monday 5th October 2016.

Areas of study

  • Leadership and Communication
  • Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
  • Research Skills
  • Conducting a research study into an aspect of professional practice
  • Key and transferable skills, e.g. academic witing, ICT and teamwork

Who is it for?

  • Students with a Foundation Degree who are interested or involved in furthering their knowledge and understanding of childhood, education and care
  • Practitioners working or wishing to pursue a career in teaching or working with professional organisations associated with children or young people
  • Practitioners working or interested in working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) e.g. private day care, pre-schools and childminders
  • Practitioners working or intending to work in primary schools and/or children’s centres

How does it work?

  • A modular structure linking theory and reflective practice
  • Modules include: International Perspectives, leadership, Research Methodsg
  • Work-based learning involving work-based tasks and a project
  • Flexible delivery methods including seminars, workshops, compulsory online and directed tasks
  • The BA (EYPS) is nationally accepted as qualification for those working within early years provision

What are the benefits?

  • Extend your personal and professional underpinning knowledge and understanding
  • Raise your status as graduate reflective practioner
  • Achieve a Honors degree from a top university
  • Build up your confidence and communication skills
  • You will be on a recognised pathway towards further certificated professional status, e.g. EYT/QTS

What do I need to do next?

  • Internal applicants will be sent an application form and will be accepted subject to appearance on the Foundation Degree pass list;
  • External applications are considered on individual merit but candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to work at degree level and normally be experienced early years practitioners who have achieved the learning outcomes of the Foundation Degree in Early Years;
  • GCSE (Grade C or above, or equivalent) in English is an advantage

The programme comprises:


Year 1 120 credits (4 x 30 credit modules)


Year 1 60 credits (2 x 30 credit modules)
Year 2 60 credits (2 x 30 credit modules)