BA (Hons) Top Up for learners with an existing
level 7 Childcare award

4 Modules in 1 Year (Sept 2017 - June 2018)

  • Children, Culture & Globalisation
  • Multi-modal Learning in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Research Dissertation
  • Leading & Managing Partnerships in the Early Years

Why Choose Chevron?

  • Ireland’s most competitively priced online Childcare Degree Programme
  • 100% online course, no attendance
  • DCYA approved programme for higher capitation grant
  • BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies awarded by University of East London (U.E.L)
  • Complete program within 1 year
  • Easy payment option available for all learners
  • Highly qualified & experienced childcare tutors on hand to guide you through the course
  • Complete 4 modules (30 credits each) to achieve your BA
  • how to enrol

  • how to enrol

     Enrolment & payment are completed over the phone, you can give us a call at 01 6855 300 (24/7) or you can request a call back at a time that suits you!

How Distance Learning Works

Chevron Training’s BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies programme is completed through our online interactive learning management system. Once enrolled learners will be issued with an email to create their own password in order to access their course. All materials such as course notes, supplementary reading documentation, online videos, and assignment briefs are contained in folders within each module. Each module has a site structured around a sequence of weekly topics. Each topic contains a lecture, typically a series of slides and accompanying audio recording, supported by guidance on key learning outcomes, self-assessment questions, and links to core and additional readings and other resources. Learners will also have access to our online student community and to discussion forums to foster communication with our other students to discuss and resolve issues related to their studies.

Introduction to the ProgrammeUEL

Chevron Training’s BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies is offered in collaboration with the University of East London. The ‘Top Up’ programme is available to learners who have achieved a Level 7 degree in Childcare. The programme requires learners to complete 4 modules of 30 credits each to achieve the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. The purpose of this Honours Degree programme is to provide you with the knowledge to evaluate childhood from a range of different critical perspectives and to explore the factors that influence the childhood experience. By examining issues such as health, early years’ legislation and global inequalities in childhood, you will appreciate the impact which these factors can have on a child’s development.

Programme Aims 

The programme has been mapped to the QAA Early Childhood Studies Benchmark Statements. Therefore the overall programme aims and learning outcomes are to:
• Gain knowledge, understanding and a critical appreciation of early childhood studies
• Understand the development, needs and experience of young children, and the services which support them;
• Achieve a foundation for employment, professional and further academic study in the early years domain;
• Become a skillful and adaptable graduate.
• Be part of University of East London’s commitment to widening access to higher education

Entry Requirements

Learners must hold one of the Level 7 awards below:

1 BA Early Childhood Education and Care Carlow IT
2 BA Applied Early Childhood Studies Dundalk IT
3 BA Early Childhood Care and Education IT Blanchardstown
4 BA Early Childhood Education and Care Galway-Mayo IT
5 BA Early Childhood Care and Education IT Tralee
6 BA Early Childhood Practice IT Tralee & University of Limerick
7 BA Early Childhood Education National College of Ireland
Qualification Gained

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

Assessment Method

All of the assessments are project based assignments

Student SupportBa (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

At Chevron Training we are committed to the ongoing needs of our students and provide the following support structures to assist students following course completion:

  • 24 hour guaranteed turnaround email response to any queries in relation to online course content
  • Free access to e-library
  • Recommended reading uploaded on online platform
  • Feedback available on all assignment and project work prior to submission
  • No set study hours – study at a time that suits you and your lifestyle
  • Discussion forum – to engage with other learners
  • Phone support also available by of our highly qualified tutors
  • Online interaction with the other online learners
  • UEL student card issued
  • No examinations – all project and assignment based assessment
  • Lines open Monday to Sunday 24/7
Course Cost

€3900 for year one (including €500 booking fee)


To enrol for your BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme, please contact us on 01 6855 300 Monday – Sunday 24/7.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Early Childhood Studies Degree undertake a variety of career paths in the education, health and social-care fields. There is a current need for well-trained graduates who can quickly move up to more senior roles in Child Care Centres and other early childhood care and education settings. Holders of this award will also be eligible to gain the higher capitation grant from the DCYA (€75 from September 2016) for their role in an early childhood centre. Some students go on to specialise in a particular area such as Special Educational Needs, while others go on to take up advisory posts in local authorities or government departments. Students may continue their professional studies to Masters level.

Course Content

Children, Culture & Globalisation

Training aim:

  • To provide a broad and critical historical review of the development of the different concepts and interpretation of globalisation
  • To introduce and develop awareness of concepts, terms, definitions and debates regarding culture and identity
  • To encourage a critical and questioning approach to the influences of global trends on child development and child rearing practices
  • To enable students to critically evaluate the implications of these influences for early years professionals and practitioners

Main topics of study:

  • The history and development relating to concepts of globalisation including the impact of the media
  • The critique of ideas and explanations of cultural identity and self-identity
  • The critique of value and belief systems driving early childhood practices including play and learning
  • The influence of different images and concepts of children and early childhood i.e. family, community, early years practitioners
  • The diverse theoretical perspectives that influence curriculum approaches in early childhood
  • The interconnectedness of relationships among children, families and early childhood practitioners
  • The development of pedagogical and leadership skills in a global society

Multi-modal Learning in Early Childhood

Training aim:

  • To introduce students the concept of multi-modality, and investigate the importance of incorporating a highly multi-modal environment within the early years
  • To investigate the use of multi-modal approaches to support the learning of language and literacy

Main topics of study:

  • Multi-modal perspectives on learning and development
  • Definitions of literacy and multi-modal learning
  • Supporting children’s narratives and expression of learning through, symbolic representation with creative arts and digital technologies
  • 7 foundations of literacy
  • Reflections on ‘personal literacies’
  • Literacy in the early years
  • Literacy-rich learning environments
  • ‘Incidental’ literacy
  • Music, movement and memory
  • Cultural literacies
  • Working with parents
  • The nature of narrative and emergent literacies
  • Supporting and extending reading and writing in the early years
  • The needs of bilingual and multilingual children and families

Early Childhood Research Dissertation

Training aim:

To independently plan, conduct, reflect upon and write an evidence-based research project. The area of research will be demonstrably linked to an academic topic of study encountered on your specific degree programme and which has been approved by your programme leader or representative.

Main topics of study:

  • Selecting a research topic
  • Searching and reviewing the literature
  • Formulating research questions
  • Designing the research; research paradigm; research approach; data collection methods; issues relating to sampling, validity and reliability; piloting and evaluating the research instruments
  • Ethical considerations
  • Analysing data
  • Drawing research conclusions
  • Writing up the research

Leading and Managing Partnerships in the Early Years

Training aim:

  • To provide students with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the early years leader and manager
  • To critically examine the theoretical perspectives influencing the leadership and management of early years provision
  • To enable critical analysis of the concepts and systems which contribute to the quality of leadership and management within early years provision
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of how to lead and manage an early years setting
  • To develop an understanding of multi-agency working

Main topics of study:

  • Overview of the national and local early years policies and political frameworks which govern early years provision (this will be within the UK for on-campus students and within the local region for online learners)
  • Leadership and hierarchy in early childhood settings: exploring assumptions about leadership, and about collective management, in relation to various settings within and across countries
  • Communication styles and networking, relating to various kinds of audiences
  • Motivation, morale and satisfaction
  • Roles and responsibilities of the early years leader and manager
  • Leadership and management issues, such as resource management; financial management; planning, multi-agency working and implementing change strategies
  • Factors influencing the leadership and management of an early years setting
  • Equal opportunities issues and relevant legislation, such as race
  • The development and maintenance of partnership with children, parents and other professionals
  • Leading early childhood provision in practice: leading the curriculum, leading and supporting transitions

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