NU Childhood HB


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Childhood and Early Years Studies

  • Overview

  • About the Programme

    The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Childhood and Early Year Studies (Top-up) programme is a Direct Honours Degree programme with dual specialisations offered by the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University.

    The programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach which draws upon literature and research from a number of disciplines including cultural and media studies, education, history, literature, psychology and sociology. Students are encouraged to draw from personal experience during their studies and engage with contemporary issues, critically reflecting upon these in the light of the current socio-political context and the emergent and prevailing paradigms of the day.

    If you are interested in working with children, young people and families within education, health or social care settings, the flexibility of this programme may be just what you are looking for. It provides you with a unique opportunity to develop knowledge, insight and understanding in two complementary subject areas that whilst exploring a range of career pathways.


    Salary Guide

    Social Worker | Average Salary Annually: S$54,694
    Youth Counsellor | Average Salary Annually: S$53,817
    Family Service Counsellor | Average Salary Annually: S$46,751
    Preschool Teacher | Average Salary Annually: S$37,363
    Kindergarten Teacher | Average Salary Annually: S$31,594
    Teaching Assistant | Average Salary Annually: S$31,144

    Source: (accurate as of 12 October 2023)


    Graduation & Degree Awarded

    Students who successfully complete and pass the modules stipulated in the programme structure will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Childhood and Early Year Studies from Northumbria University, United Kingdom.

    The Degree will be the same as that awarded to the on-campus graduates in the United Kingdom.

    The programme is not accredited by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). Graduates who wish to work in the local early childhood sector will need to submit an application to ECDA for Teacher Registration via a preschool. Approval by ECDA will be subjected to the applicant meeting the requirements for Teacher Registration.

    Key facts
    18 months
    May & November
    Career Opportunities
    Child and Family Services Officer
    Counsellor or Counselling Officer
    Health Care Officer
    Paediatric Assistant
    Research Assistant
    Social Service Officer
    Youth Officer
    100% coursework-based Degree programme with no exams

Ranking & Accreditation

  • Intakes

    There are 2 intakes per year.

    • May
    • November

      Please contact our programme consultant to obtain a copy of the class schedule.

    Minimum Class Size
    • 20 students

      Class may commence with fewer students than indicated above, subject to resource availability. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified at least 1 week before the programme commencement date, stated in your student contract with Kaplan, and our consultants will contact you to advise on a backup plan.



Core Modules
  • Changing Childhoods
  • Childhood and Early Years Studies Project
  • Global Perspectives of Childhood and Youth
  • Leadership and Collaboration in Children’s Services
  • Perspectives on Children’s Literature
  • Play and the Early Years Curriculum
  • Professional Practice and Career Development
  • Researching Childhood and Early Years
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Childhood
  • Young Children as Meaning Makers
  • Young People in Society

Click here for module descriptions.

  • Admission Criteria
    Academic Requirements
    • Kaplan Diploma
    • Polytechnic Diploma
    • Other private Diplomas or foreign qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    English Language Requirements
    • GCE O-Level English language subject (Grade C6 and above); OR
    • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
    • For more information, please click here.

    In all cases, the final decision on admission to the programme rests with the university.

    Work Experience
    • When required, work experience will be applied as part of the admissions process. Any work experience assessment and related admissions decisions will be conducted by the University, and lead to the recognition of the achievement of learning outcomes and the award of University Credit
  • Fees

    • Local Applicants
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      Part-time (Local Applicants) – Click here to apply online.

      Tuition Fee

      The total tuition fee covers university registration, lectures/tutorials/workshops and main assessments such as assignments/tests/examinations/projects (where applicable), programme materials in digital format, Degree (if earned) and transcript.

      S$21,396.70 payable in 6 instalments 
      (Nett programme fee listed above = Tuition fee of S$23,576.70 minus Education Grant of S$2,180^)

      Fee inclusive of 9% GST (applicable on or after 1 January 2024)

      Receive a S$400 referral fee when you recommend a friend to enrol in our Degree programme* 

      ^The Education Grant and amount specified is exclusive to selected programmes and not transferable to other programmes or another intake of the same programme. Terms and conditions apply.

      *Click here for Terms and Conditions for Rebates and Offers.

      Non-Refundable Application Fee

      Fee inclusive of 9% GST (applicable on or after 1 January 2024)

      Student Development Fee

      Fee inclusive of 9% GST (applicable on or after 1 January 2024)

      *Payment for this fee will be included in the first instalment.

      The Student Development Fee covers the provision of a comprehensive range of initiatives aimed at enhancing the career and industry-readiness of Kaplan students, such as programmes aimed at improving interpersonal skills, technical and digital skills, as well as career advisory and job matching services. More details can be found here.

      Mode of Payment

      Click here to learn about available payment modes.


      All fees indicated are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) at the prevailing rate of 9%. For more information on the GST revision, please refer to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) website. Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.

      Fees remain subject to change. Applicant will be charged the prevailing fees and GST at the time of application. For more information about the programme, please contact our programme consultant.

      Please refer to the following scenarios for how GST will be applied:

      Scenario 1

      • Invoice generated in 2023
      • Services rendered in 2023

      8% GST will apply.


      Scenario 2

      • Invoice generated in 2023
      • Services rendered on or after 1 Jan 2024
      • Payment collected on or after 1 Jan 2024 

      9% GST will apply.


      Scenario 3

      • Invoice generated on or after 1 Jan 2024

      9% GST will apply.

      Education Loan

      Choice of flexible repayment schemes available to suit your needs.

      • Standard Repayment: Pay your monthly instalments (principal and interest) once your loan is disbursed.
      • Partial Repayment: Pay partial instalments for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
      • Interest Servicing: Pay only interest for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
      • Flexible repayment tenure of up to 8 years.

      Please click here for more information on Maybank Education loan and here for OCBC Frank Education loan. Terms and conditions apply, subject to bank’s approval.

      Education Grant

      This Education Grant aims to provide financial assistance to Northumbria University students pursuing selected Degree programmes. For more information, please click here or contact our programme consultant.

  • Duration
    • 18 months
    Maximum allowed candidature period
    • Not applicable

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