Childhood Studies Top-up

University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

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Course summary

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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. Supported by our excellent industry links, this course will equip 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?

  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES– Pick from a variety of optional modules, including History of Childhood and Philosophy of Education
  • IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – Conduct your own research project on a topic that you are passionate about and is relevant to your career aspirations
  • DIVERSE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE – Improve your understanding around childhood development and sociology and gain employability skills for your future career
Great. Tell me some more This course offers you the chance to enhance your professional development through vocational practice, enabling you to develop graduate attributes that will set you apart from the crowd in a competitive employment arena. You will be able to develop your skills and knowledge by conducting an in-depth study of a particular area of the course relevant to your interests or career plans, either through Professional Engagement or a Research Project. What skills will I gain? This course will enable you to develop a deep understanding of children's social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs, as well as the contemporary environment surrounding those who work with children. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation, as well as how to help children develop and grow by creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning. Your studies will help you to improve your communication and management skills, while you will also learn about implementing support strategies. What about the future? Completing this top-up course will give you an excellent platform to enter a career working with children in a professional capacity. You can move on to work in child-related organisations in a variety of areas including:
  • Education
  • Welfare
  • Leisure
  • Advocacy
  • Counselling
In such a diverse sector, many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers, nursery owners/managers, social workers and counsellors or specialise in supporting children with learning difficulties. You can also progress on to postgraduate study, including courses at UCB such as MA Education and Learning or a PGCE course.

Course details


  • Contemporary Issues in Social Context
  • Equity and Inclusive Practice
Choose one option from:
  • History of Childhood (30)
  • Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice
  • Healthy Communities
  • Philosophy of Education
Plus one option from:
  • Professional Engagement
- Research Project (SEHC)

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 12 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 6 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 3 hours
  • Tutorials – 3 hours
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:
  • Coursework – 80%
  • Written examination – 20% (for one module)
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX313
Institution code B35
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

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 -> 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.

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: 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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
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

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/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 TestBA/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

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -

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