Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Busnes@LlandrilloMenai logosColeg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Busnes@LlandrilloMenai logos

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

Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length:

    Full-time: 1 year (2 late afternoons into evenings per week) OR Part-time: 2 years (1 late afternoon into evening per week). Also available on a modular basis.

  • UCAS Codes:
Apply Now

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

Degrees (Higher Education)

Part Time

If you are applying to study part-time you can apply directly to the campus of your choice.


Full Time

There are two ways to apply to study for a full-time higher education course - either through UCAS or directly to the college.

Applying through UCAS:
You cannot apply for this course through UCAS.

Applying to College:
If you only want to study at the college, or if you already have the qualifications/experience to meet the requirements for your course, you should apply directly to the campus of your choice.


Course Description

Are you currently working with or looking to work with children, and looking to develop your skills and knowledge? Could a degree in Childhood Studies help you to advance your career?

If you have already completed a Foundation Degree in Childhood and Learning Support Studies (or equivalent), this course allows you to progress onto Level 6 and gain a full honours degree.

The course is suitable for those who work or want to work with children in a wide range of roles. The programme is particularly suitable for those adults who are currently working or looking to work in an early years setting or at Key Stages 1, 2 or 3 in local schools.

Modules include:

  • Additional Learning Needs: Theories and Debates (20 credits)
  • Arts in Education (10 credits)
  • Children, Families and Communities (20 credits)
  • Critical Debates in Childhood (20 credits)
  • Employability and Practitioner Development (10 credits)
  • Final Year Research Project - Dissertation (40 credits)

Additional information

More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Entry Criteria

Academic requirements:

The candidate will be asked to attend an interview to ensure both parties understand the commitment required, level of study and suitability for the programme.

Direct entry onto level 6 will be direct for those progressing students from the GLlM FdA Childhood and Education Studies to the GLlM BA (Hons) Childhood and Education Studies after successful attainment of 240 subject specific credits: 120 credits at HE level 4 and 120 credits at HE level 5 in the relevant subject area.

Where students take a break from their studies following completion of their Foundation Degree, applications for direct entry should be made via the Credit Transfer process.

Other entry onto level 6 will be considered on an individual basis in line with GLlM credit transfer policy, based on previous successful study of 120 credits per level in a compatible qualification (within the time frame outlined in the policy). Or by supporting their application with the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policy.

Teacher Training Applications: Those intending to use the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies as a route into teaching will need to have, or will need to achieve, the relevant GCSE’s.

Language requirements:

  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible above should have been taught and assessed in Welsh/English
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above: IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no sub-part less than 5.5).

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Group discussion
  • Independent research
  • Student centred learning
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)


This course provides a blended delivery format that typically involves alternating between online and on-campus sessions bi-weekly, with equal weightage given to both.

  • Full-time: 1 year, 2 late afternoons into evenings per week (typically 4.00 pm – 9.00 pm)
  • Part-time: 2 years, 1 late afternoon into evening per week (typically 4.00 pm – 9.00 pm)


Visit our course fees page for information on full and part-time degree course fees.

Financial Support

Visit our financial support page for information on the range of support available.

Additional costs

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • DBS requirement

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Start date



For specific course enquiries, please contact:

Sarah Harris (Programme Leader):

Celine Rea (Administration):

For general enquiries about our degrees, please contact:


The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Essays
  • Skills portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Poster presentations
  • Individual oral presentations
  • Reflections
  • Case study analysis


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


Completion of this course provides opportunities for career enhancement in a variety of childhood and learning support areas. You will be prepared for promotion, more responsibility in your current job or a change in career.

Teaching (primary, secondary and Further Education) - this programme does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but may provide an opportunity for graduates to proceed to QTS via Postgraduate Certificate in Education or other QTS awarding route.

Campus Information Rhos-on-Sea

This course allows you to build upon your experience and qualifications within the area of Childhood Studies. This program, includes a dissertation on a specialised topic and leads to achieving an Honours degree.

It is anticipated that most students on the programme will be working in practice and the programme is structured and timetabled to allow ease of access for those working either FT or PT alongside personal and professional commitments.

This qualification puts the student in a unique position to gain both undergraduate level knowledge and understanding together with consolidating employability skills. This facilitates the student best meet the Welsh Government’s requirement for a graduate workforce and therefore enhances their level of employability. Completion of this course may also allow students to progress onto further professional or postgraduate study.

Module Information

For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

The course consists of the following modules:

Level 6

Additional Learning Needs: Theories and Debates (20 credits compulsory)
This module aims to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of the following key issues: Aetiology of Additional Learning Needs (ALN), theoretical perspectives of ALN and their potential impact upon educational provision. This module will further examine aetiology and theories of ALN, drawing upon the implementation of legislative changes. (Essay 50%, Oral Reflection 50%)

Arts in Education (10 credits compulsory)
This module aims to consider how children learn through creative contexts, drawing upon contemporary approaches and major theories relating to the nature and purpose of the arts. An examination of arts based approaches within a student's own curriculum delivery and the value of arts in education will be explored throughout. (Creative Piece or Resource and Supporting Essay 100%)

Children, Families and Communities (20 credits compulsory)
This module will explore the proverb ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’ understanding the notion of community based support, learning and development in practice. It will explore the multiple adversities families may face which surround childhood and family structures. Moving on to focus on how ‘village’ principles can be applied in practice. (Case Study 70%, Group Community Project Proposal 30%)

Critical Debates in Childhood (20 credits compulsory)
This module will explore ideas about childhood and child development whilst presenting opportunities to analyse and investigate new and emerging debates and ideas around children and young people in relation to key issues such as social policy, media, health and wellbeing, politics, professional practice and education. (Poster Presentation 40%, Essay 60%)

Employability and Practitioner Development (10 credits compulsory)
This module synthesises skills from previous and current learning, and prepares the student for career development and postgraduate study. Students will be supported to work independently towards identifying potential opportunities in the chosen job sector, and prepare a CV and related content, prior to participating in a mock interview. (Portfolio 100%)

Final Year Research Project - Dissertation (40 credits compulsory)
This module follows on from the level 5 Research Methods module to support students in developing their research knowledge and skills. This module prepares and supports students to undertake an extended piece of independent writing around a topic of their choice related to their area of professional practice supported by an experienced supervisor.

It will allow students to demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in a particular subject area of professional interest. The dissertation will be a mark of the student’s overall academic ability. Students can either engage in primary or secondary research and will be supervised and guided. (Poster presentation 25%, Research dissertation 75%)

Career Opportunities

  • Leadership and Management
  • Teaching
  • Play therapist
  • Family Support Worker
  • Learning Mentor
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker
  • Child Psychotherapist
  • Children's Nurse
  • Community Development Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Child-Care
  • Nursery Worker

Other details

Course type: Degrees (Higher Education)

Level: 6

Programme Area:

  • Children’s Development & Education

Awarding Body: Bangor University



Children’s Development & Education

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Children’s Development & Education

Students in a classroom

Awarding Body