The BA (Hons) Childhood Studies is for you if you are passionate about working with children and their families and accord importance to children’s social and emotional development and mental health. Your degree will take a holistic approach, focusing on children’s education, care and development from conception to 11 years and drawing on the disciplines of psychology, health, education, social policy and internationalisation perspectives to develop you as a reflective graduate ready to work in multi‐professional contexts. A key feature of the programme is its emphasis on equipping you for high quality practice. There is preparation for practice in Year 1 and placements in Years 2 and 3 in Early Years settings and Reception classes in Primary Schools. These offer you the opportunity to relate theory to practice in a meaningful way. They also enable you to gain the ‘full and relevant’ qualification for practice in Early Years settings alongside your degree, so increasing your employability. Year 1 will support you in orienting to University level study and introduces foundational topics within Childhood Studies. Years 2 and 3 gradually extend your knowledge and understanding, drawing on national and international research and practice and the extensive and wide‐ranging experience and research interests of the tutor team. You will be helped to access cutting edge knowledge and to translate it into practical application on placement. By combining academic and applied skills, you will graduate in a strong position for finding employment in the sector.
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How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.
Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Applicants to this course are expected to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to beginning the course at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about when and how to obtain this clearance after an offer has been accepted. Please note, the cost of the check is covered by the applicant. If you have already have a DBS check and are signed up to the Update Service we will ask you to provide the original DBS certificate after an offer has been accepted. If you have lived or travelled abroad in the past five years, we will also need you to apply for an Overseas Criminal Records check for each country in which you have spent six months or more.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.