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Course summary

Take the next step towards a future supporting children and young people with our unique BA (Hons) Childhood and Psychology degree. Focusing on childhood from conception to 14 years, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge and skills to support your ambitions. This degree is for those planning a fulfilling career in a diverse range of sectors including education, social care and health care. You’ll gain a broad view of childhood and explore relevant psychological perspectives. You will also carry out empirical research, equipping you with the skills needed to move into employment in the childhood and psychology sectors. In addition to studying the core themes, you’ll focus on modules related to psychology. Give real-life context to your studies and become even more attractive to future employers with our enhanced placement opportunities. You’ll be well prepared for the world of work with our extensive network of 600 partnerships in a wide range of settings. There’s even the opportunity to take your placement overseas. What you’ll study Our early experiences shape who we become in later life - and that’s exactly what makes this course so fascinating. You’ll gain a wide view of childhood and child development with specific reference to classic and contemporary psychological theory.


Year One Academic Focus (20 credit points) This module supports you in your transition into Higher Education and in understanding what is expected at this level of study and beyond. Environments for Learning (40 credit points) This module considers how a range of environments support aspects of children’s learning and development. Understanding Children’s Holistic Development (20 credit points) This module explores the diverse ways in which children develop holistically (from conception to 14 years), as well as the range of biological factors and wider influences that effect this process. Contemporary Childhoods (20 credit points) This module examines children’s rights in both national and global contexts, with a focus on interprofessional discourses and different educational and sociological perspectives to support your personal and professional learning and development. Introduction to Developmental Psychology (20 credit points) This module provides an overview of core developmental psychology theories and key concepts relevant to a range of childhood topics that will be explored in more depth later in the course. Year Two Supportive Environments for Children and Communities (20 credit points) This module explores a range of environments and services that support children, families and the wider communities they live within. Researching Contemporary Childhoods (20 credit points) Through this module, you’ll gain understanding of and apply research methodology and ethical considerations by designing an ethical small-scale study. Social Constructions of Childhood (20 credit points) This module explores how the concept of childhood is socially constructed by the times and places in which children live and with the individuals involved in shaping their experience. Global Childhoods (20 credit points) Is childhood universally experienced around the Globe? The module examines this concept, exploring children’s lived experiences across a range of international contexts. Social Influences in Children and Early Adolescence (20 credit points) This module introduces you to several fundamental concepts in social psychology and links these to a range of experiences during childhood and early adolescence. Research Methods in Psychology (20 credit points) This module introduces you to the basics of understanding, collecting and analysing quantitative data using surveys and the fundamentals of the nature of quantitative data. Year Three Research Dissertation (40 credit points) As part of this module, you’ll design and carry out a research dissertation project in relation to children’s learning and development. Leaderful Practice (20 credit points) This module investigates aspects and issues for leadership in a context which interests you. Sustainable Childhoods (20 credit points) This module identifies what is meant by a sustainable childhood and consider a range of theoretical models and underlying viewpoints which underpin the notion of sustainable childhoods. The Psychology of Therapy and Intervention (20 credit points) This module explores a range of psychological interventions and support for children’s learning and development. The Psychology of Language and Literacy Development (20 credit points) This module explores the development of language and literacy during childhood and early adolescence, It examines interventions that have been used to support language and literacy in educational settings.

Assessment method

There are no formal exams during this course; we use a variety of assessment types to allow you to demonstrate your strengths across a number of skill sets.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Childhood and Psychology at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS