Programme Content




This programme provides an excellent foundation for careers with children, or for further study. You'll explore issues affecting children between birth and eight years old, and you'll link theory to practice, and understand social, psychological and philosophical factors in children's lives, learning and development. You‘ll also be equipped with transferrable skills including research, critical analysis, problem-solving and teamwork. 

UK-specific contents may not be applicable to HK students


Programme Features

High ranking
UWE Bristol is ranked 2nd in the “Education” subject area and 24
th for its overall university ranking in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2021, 2023)

Multidisciplinary teaching staff
Our teaching team composes of experienced practitioners with solid experience in the field of early childhood education and care, in addition to their multidisciplinary backgrounds, e.g., psychology, social work, counselling, arts and music, exercise science, among the others, which is beneficial for equipping students with the ability to view an issue from various perspectives.

Guest speakers

High-profile local/global experts in the field of early childhood education and care will be invited to provide students with seasoned information and insights in the field.

Field trip
Our programme provides opportunities for students to visit a wide range of organisations and institutions which utilize various teaching approaches, e.g., forest teaching and learning, Montessori, Waldorf, and so on, offering students exposure to new and cutting-edge ideas in the field.

Further studies
Our graduates are eligible to apply for master’s degree programmes in Early Childhood/Education in reputable universities in Hong Kong and overseas universities, for example, the MA in Education at UWE Bristol; MEd at HKU, EduHK and HKBU; MA in Early Childhood Education at CUHK; and MEd in Early Childhood Education at HKMU.


The Development of Reasoning

Through this module, you will develop a critical understanding of the physical, emotional and cognitive development of the human brain. You will be able to give critical account of how babies and young children acquire conceptual understanding through investigation and hypothesising about the world around them and how this influences future learning. You will also be able to give critical account of children’s reasoning and their developing capabilities for communicating their understanding and ideas. You will be equipped to critically discuss ways to support and promote children’s conceptual and creative thinking and reasoning through a range of play-based opportunities and environments with adults’ assistance and facilitation.

Emerging Languages and Identities (CEF Module)

(CEF code: 35Z140801)
In this module, students will learn a range of theories of languages and identity development, in order to gain a critical understanding of the social processes and contextual factors affecting the development of identities.  You will be aware of the processes of language development in multilingual environments and implications for practice. You will also be able to evaluate the significance of relationships for language and identity development with reference to relevant theories such as attunement, attachment, intersubjectivity, socio-cultural theory. 

Debating Childhoods (CEF Module)

(CEF code: 35Z140798)

This module will introduce you to a challenging agenda of questions and dilemmas which centres on children and childhood in contemporary contexts and which extends ideas relating to theories, policies and practices covered in the Early Childhood degree. You will learn how to identify and critically analyse ethical issues, demonstrating awareness of multiple perspectives.

Guided Study (a dissertation module) 

On this module you have the opportunity to undertake an extended literature study in an area of their choice, appropriate to their programme and field of study. You will identify ideas and issues which merit further investigation, identify relevant academic and policy sources, develop an area of enquiry, specify questions for investigation, and develop a written response.

 For part-time mode only. This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (BA (Hons) Early Childhood) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5). 


Presentations, essays, dissertation




QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 22/000664/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2022 -  31/08/2026 


Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Holders of the following VTC Higher Diplomas (HD):

  • HD in Child Care and Education
  • HD in Special Child Care and Inclusive Education


Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualification in relevant Child Care and Early Childhood Education subjects awarded by a recognised institution will also be considered.


English Proficiency Requirements

  • Applicants holding post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Higher Diploma, Associate Degree) taught and assessed in English from recognised institutions;


  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component, or an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.




Fees & Funding


  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$81,450 by 2 (FT) or 4 (PT) instalments 
     (FT students: deduct up to HK$33,740 via NMTSS; PT students: deduct up to HK$25,000 via CEF)

FT students: The tuition fee is as low as HK$7,710 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$81,450 - NMTSS HK$33,740 - OPS HK$40,000)

 Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB). 


A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students



Financial Aids 

The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:

Financial Assistance Schemes
Amount (HK$)  FT Mode PT Mode
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,740 per year 



Continuing Education Fund (CEF)  Up to $25,000* --


Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)


Y --
Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year Y


Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year -- Y

For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.
* Please refer to the Programme Content section of this programme for the reimbursable courses under the CEF


Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

Our graduates can join the industry in a wide range of professions in the early childhood education sectors. 

Together with their locally recognised C(ECE) qualification, or previous completion of a training course approved by the Social Welfare Department (SWD), in totality graduates can take up positions such as kindergarten teachers, child care workers, child care supervisors and special child care workers, etc. 

Together with their locally recognised C(ECE) qualification, our graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the certification course for kindergarten principals in local institutions, which enables them to work as kindergarten principals.

Further Studies

Our graduates are eligible to apply for master’s degree programmes in Early Childhood/Education in reputable universities in Hong Kong and overseas universities, for example, the MA in Education at UWE Bristol; MEd at HKU, EduHK and HKBU; MA in Early Childhood Education at CUHK; and MEd in Early Childhood Education at HKMU.


Connect with Us


Programme Coordinator

Mr. Will Li

Tel. no.

2256 7401




General Enquiries

SHAPE (Sha Tin) Office 

Tel. no.

2256 7240 



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Registration No.: 253201. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.