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Course snapshot Childhood experiences shape the rest of our lives, and being part of that journey as a professional is rewarding, challenging and often surprising. UCB's Childhood Studies Top-up course will provide you with detailed knowledge and skills for a range of future careers working with children, while our excellent industry links can help you gain valuable work experience alongside your studies, equipping you with the tools and background you need to succeed in this constantly-changing field. Who’s the course for? This course is intended for anyone who is interested in a career working with children and has already studied a relevant subject at HND or foundation degree level. Why should I study the course?
- This top-up course will allow you to continue developing your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career working with children.
- Our course offers a range of optional modules, encouraging you to develop a specialism that relates to your future career.
- UCB's superb links throughout the child support and education sector enable us to offer you a variety of paid and voluntary work opportunities, allowing you to gain highly valuable experience alongside your studies to support your future career plans.
- Contemporary Issues in Social Context
- Equity and Inclusive Practice
- History of Childhood (30)
- Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice
- Healthy Communities
- Philosophy of Education
- Professional Engagement
Teaching Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. In a typical teaching week you will have up to 12 contact hours made up as follows:
- Larger group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
- Small group teaching - students are timetabled for a 3 hour session per week
- Tutorials – 3 hours are timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/ucb-direct-apply Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.
All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/direct-application/intro Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||Not accepted|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Not accepted|
|Access to HE Diploma||Not accepted|
|Scottish Higher||Not accepted|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.|
|HND (BTEC)||P||A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Early Years, or Advanced Practice with Children and Families, with 240 credits.|
Students that choose the option module Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check. If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected] EU/international students Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer) GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent. If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email EU: [email protected] International: [email protected]
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill|
|IELTS (Academic)||BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component|
|Institution's Own Test||BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component|
To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.
UCB English Language Requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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Course contact detailsVisit our course page
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0121 604 1040
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