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Course summary

Gain the knowledge and practical experience required to work with children and young people across a wide variety of careers. Develop the confidence and expertise to work in a range of professions across the children’s workforce. As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Follow unique learning pathways to shape your future career and gain vital work experience from a variety of placement opportunities. These could include:
  • Hospital play
  • Therapeutic playwork
  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Community and policy
  • Development work
  • Focus on the sociology and psychology of children and childhood in your classroom-based learning
  • Pay attention to the importance of play for children’s wellbeing and development
  • Develop specialisms in:
  • Playwork
  • Child development
  • The sociology of childhood and social policy
  • The provision and management of children’s play projects
Find out more You’ll have access to work-based learning opportunities with experienced supervisors in a range of child-focused occupations. Upon graduation you’ll have a range of practical and transferable skills at your fingertips, and a critical understanding of contemporary issues central to the study and practice of childhood development and playwork. Industry expertise We have more than 30 years of experience in teaching childhood development and playwork. The course team shares a range of professional and practical specialisms in the fields of playwork, hospital play, and policy and project development. They are also actively involved with charitable children’s projects. Visiting practitioners will give you an insight into their personal experiences of working with children in a wide range of disciplines. For more information on our Childhood Development & Playwork team and to discover what projects you could be involved with as a student, follow: @LBUPlayworking on Twitter. Why study childhood development and playwork at Leeds Beckett University...
  • 93% of BA (Hons) Childhood Development & Playwork students were satisfied with their course*
  • Placement opportunities available
  • Study abroad option
  • Part-time study available
  • 100% of BA (Hons) Childhood Development & Playwork graduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation**
National Student Survey 2022 *Percentage of respondents from this course, HESA Graduate Outcomes 20-21


Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Playwork: Foundations of Theory & Practice
  • Child Development: Exploring Issues & Perspectives on Play
  • Childhood: Theory, Constructs & Concepts
  • Experiential Learning: Theory & Practice Explored
  • Experiential Learning: Organisational Development
  • Experiential Learning: Reflective Practice
Year 2 Core Modules:
  • Playwork: Critical Applications
  • Childhood: Rights & Society
  • Experiential Learning: Theory & Practice Advanced
  • Experiential Learning: Objectives & Evaluation
  • Experiential Learning: Developing Reflexivity
In addition, choose from a list of Year 2 option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list. Year 3 Core Modules:
  • Playwork: Therapeutic Interventions
  • Project Development: Managing Design & Delivery
  • Childhood: Research Perspectives
  • Childhood Development & Playwork: Dissertation
In addition, choose from a list of Year 3 option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.


We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Childhood Development and Playwork at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS