University College Birmingham

Childhood University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Birmingham

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  • Course Snapshot

Our Childhood Studies degree, accredited by the University of Birmingham, will give you the academic knowledge to succeed in this constantly evolving and highly rewarding field of work. You will gain an in-depth understanding of children’s social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs – and lots of practical experience.

  • Who’s the course for?

This course is perfect for students seeking to go into a diverse sector where careers include working as a primary school teacher, a nursery owner or manager, a social worker, or specialising in working with children with learning difficulties.

  • Why should I study the course?

Childhood experiences shape our lives, and this degree will allow you to play a key role in helping young people on a journey that can be challenging, surprising and enriching. Supported by our experts, you will get the opportunity to turn theory into practice during a variety of work placements, including nurseries, schools and special schools.

  • Great. Tell me some more

You will learn about the key characteristics of childhood and how to meet the needs of young children. This will include researching ways to help children develop and grow by creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation.

With our help, you will be encouraged to develop a specialism that relates to your future career plan by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. For your final project, you can research a topic that is relevant to your personal interests or future employment.

  • So what modules will I study?

Year 1: Professional Practice in Childhood Studies, Academic Skills (SEHC), Introduction to Curriculum, Pioneers and Practice, Principles of Professional Practice and Employability and Working with Children 0-5.

Year 2: Communication, Language and Literacy, Multi-agency Practice and Child Protection, and Research for Enquiry

Early Years Pathway: Child Development and Creativity & Play
Primary Pathway: Pedagogy and the Primary Curriculum and Learning and Development.

One Option From: Children and Society, Children’s Health and Wellbeing, Behaviour and Individual Differences, Managing People, Developing Multimedia Learning Resources, Mathematics and Science in the Curriculum and Enterprise and Start-up Studies

Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Social Context, Equity and Inclusive Practice, Professional Engagement or Research Project.

One option from: New Media Literacies and Learning, History of Childhood, Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice, Understanding Management, Healthy Communities, Managing Mentoring or Philosophy of Education.

  • Do I need to buy any equipment?

Students enrolling on these courses will be subject to screening (the procedure will be initiated by UCB). All students will be required to pay £44 for a DBS check in advance of enrolment.

  • What skills will I gain?

You will learn about the key characteristics of childhood, how to meet the developmental needs of young children and how to create new learning opportunities. You will develop skills for working with children and other professionals within the children’s workforce sector. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider strategic and philosophical issues and social trends in the childhood sector.

  • What about the future?

The course will give you the confidence and skills to move into a wide range of areas in the children’s workforce, where there is strong demand for trained staff with practical skills and relevant experience. Our graduates have gone on to work in child-related organisations in education, welfare, leisure, advocacy and counselling. Many go on to further study to become:

  • Teachers

  • Nursery owners/managers

  • Social workers

  • Counsellors

Course details

Modules

Year 1: Professional Practice in Childhood Studies, Academic Skills (SEHC), Introduction to Curriculum, Pioneers and Practice, Principles of Professional Practice and Employability and Working with Children 0-5.

Year 2: Communication, Language and Literacy, Multi-agency Practice and Child Protection, and Research for Enquiry

Early Years Pathway: Child Development and Creativity & Play
Primary Pathway: Pedagogy and the Primary Curriculum and Learning and Development.

One Option From: Children and Society, Children’s Health and Wellbeing, Behaviour and Individual Differences, Managing People, Developing Multimedia Learning Resources, Mathematics and Science in the Curriculum and Enterprise and Start-up Studies

Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Social Context, Equity and Inclusive Practice, Professional Engagement or Research Project.

One option from: New Media Literacies and Learning, History of Childhood, Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice, Understanding Management, Healthy Communities, Managing Mentoring or Philosophy of Education.

Assessment method

  • Teaching
    Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 13 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large Group Teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms

  • Smaller Group Teaching - 4 hour of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures

  • Tutorials - 3 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

  • Field trips and visits - Year 1 - trip to the Black Country Museum, Dudley, Year 2 - trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Individual study
    In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

  • Assessment
    There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment. The modes of assessment are varied and include essays, reports, portfolio building, presentations, opportunities for research, the production of a creative resource and a training manual.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

Coursework 100%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

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 code X313
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://public.dataharvesting.com/ucb/io/aps/1255/v1/index.php 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 course mapped for entry and the conditions of entry will be stated on UCAS track. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form, particularly your personal statement, reference and the qualifications you have taken or are in the process of taking. In most cases, a decision to make an offer can be based on this information alone, however we may need to make further enquiries, particularly relating to your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points The entry criteria at UCB can be met using different and multiple Level 3 qualifications.

If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040.
A level You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A levels (or their equivalent)

We do not specify specific grades within our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A levels (or their equivalent)

We do not specify specific grades within our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for BTEC learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Scottish Higher learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2.

Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. For example, our standard offer would be - A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points, from a combination of your Level 3 Qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

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

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £9,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All Fees above are subject to change and UCB will update this cost information when our 2019 entry fee is agreed. UK/EU: 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. International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx

Provider information

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University College Birmingham
Summer Row
Birmingham
B3 1JB


Course contact details

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UG Domestic Home and EU Admissions

0121 604 1040


International Admissions

0121 232 4447