BA (Hons) Degree Joint Programme – Early Years Pathway (Fully Funded)

The BA Honours fully funded top-up degree courses aim to provide an excellent opportunity to students looking to receive a degree while gaining practical skills in a teaching environment or for those students not able to go down the conventional route perhaps due to the cost of getting a degree.

What do I get from this course?

You will receive specialised tuition, taught by a dedicated team of British and Chinese teachers. You will study a range of education topics without the need to learn a second language. All the courses are taught and assessed in English. In addition, you will be fully sponsored throughout the programme and receive support with the university application process.

Entry requirements

All candidates need to:

  • Be a native English language speaker aged 19 or over
  • Have a total of 120 credits at level 4 (or equivalent) in a related subject
  • Hold GCSEs in English and Mathematics minimum C grade, or equivalent qualification (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • Work in an educational setting for the duration of the course
  • Have a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (i.e. a police background check) and Occupational Health check. Note: the Enhanced DBS check will be undertaken as part of the application process.

Aims of the course

These are to:

  • Understanding skills to manage others to support children’s care routines
  • Understanding and skills required to lead practice in support of children’s well-being and resilience
  • Assess the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skills required to lead the promotion of positive behaviour through role modelling and application of child development knowledge and understanding
  • Learn advanced models in child development and childcare
  • Increase your understanding of policy development while undertaking appropriate practices working with children
  • Develop your leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of Early Years practice
  • Allow you to engage with current issues and debates relevant to childhood studies
  • Provide you with knowledge and practical experiences that are different from your own culture by undertaking a teaching placement in a range of Chinese school setting


The structure of the course is as follows:

1st Year (Full-time Programme)

  • Level 5 Diploma in Early Years Senior Practitioner – online with APeducation Online
  • Undertake a school placement in China organised by Zhengzhou Normal University

2nd Year

  • China BA (top-up) Course in Education Studies
  • Continue to undertake a school placement in China organised by Zhengzhou Normal University

3rd Year

  • UK BA (top-up) Course in Education Studies
  • UK university will be based on those that have an agreement with Zhengzhou Normal University

How the course is delivered

Level 5 Diploma

This will be delivered via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations and web links. Online UK tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where you can interact with your tutor, get feedback on your progress and submit your work electronically. This helps you to build the relevant skills progressively, as you receive feedback and support from your UK tutor during this time. As the course is delivered online, this enables you to study any time, any place through immediate access to VLE.

BA (Hons) Top-up Course

You will study the subjects associated with education in a real working environment. You will gain a national and international perspective of education, explore and research social justice, policy, equality and diversity, teaching methodology, transnational education and current education issues.


BA (Hons) Degree Joint Programme – Early Years Pathway (Fully Funded)

You will receive 3 certificates as you complete each course.

After successful completion of your Level 5 Diploma, you will be awarded an ‘NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner’ certificate by NCFE CACHE.  To gain this qualification, you must achieve a total of 90 credits from all 18 mandatory units.

After successfully completing your top-up degree in China, you will be awarded a ‘BA (Hons) in Early Years Education’ by Zhengzhou Normal University.  To gain this qualification, you must achieve a total of 120 credits.

Upon successful completion of your top-up degree in the UK, you will be awarded a ‘BA (Hons) in Education Studies’ by the chosen UK University.


BA (Hons) Degree Joint Programme – Early Years Pathway (Fully Funded) 

3-year fully funded course by our partnership exchange programme

Please refer to the prospectus brochure on the main page (other information section) for details of other fees that may apply.

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BA (Hons) Degree Joint Programme – Early Years Pathway (Fully Funded)


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Student study commitment would be a minimum of 7-8 hours a week.


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