Childhood Studies University of Huddersfield


Children’s rights, the health and development of young people, how to protect the younger generation – all of these issues often find themselves in the headlines. Children are at the forefront of policy and debate in our society. This course helps you understand the issues and gain some crucial insights into what shapes children’s lives from birth to age 19.

We believe it’s not enough to study the issues affecting children. You also need to understand them from their perspective. The course looks at key topics from the point of view of the children who they affect. It could be ideal if you’re looking to start a career in teaching, early years, social care or child and youth policy work. There are also plenty of other occupations relating to children, young people and families, and our Childhood Studies course is designed to help you take the first step towards your career.

We’ll give you the chance to explore the nature of childhood and youth in contemporary society. The course will examine relevant social theory and research, and draw on current policy and practices out there in the real world. You’ll be able to bring your own experience to bear on the course too.

Along the way you’ll look at childhood through the perspectives of psychology, sociology, philosophy and educational theories. You’ll also have opportunities to study health, wellbeing and development, how to protect vulnerable children and young people, youth identities and cultures, and children’s rights.

The course will also help you build up transferable skills that employers are looking for, developing you as a critical thinker and helping you to understand and challenge current approaches and policy.

While you’re here, you’ll be able to take a work placement in your second year and you have the option to do an enhanced placement in your final year. It could be the ideal way to develop the skills that employers are looking for and gain useful contacts in the industry.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    17 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: Theories and Strategies for Learning; Perspectives in Learning and Development; Self Society and Welfare; Experiences and Contemporary Issues of Childhood and Youth. Year 2 
Core modules: Advanced Professional Practice; Safeguarding Children and Young People. Option modules: choose two from a list which may include: Philosophical Approaches to Education; Developing Language and Communication for Learning; Social Policy, Inclusion and Inequality; Working with Children and Families. Year 3 Core modules: Major Study; Research Methodologies; Finding a Voice (Children and Young People). Option modules: choose one from a list which may include: Employability: Empowering Critical Practitioners; Helping in Context (Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring);  Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts; Critical Education.

Assessment method

Examinations and course work.

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 X300
Institution code H60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications or completion of a foundation course in early childhood or a related educational area
A level BBC or equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM DMM is required if you’re studying BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development (NQF). If you’re studying BTEC National in Early Years (NQF), DDM is required.
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

In addition you must also have GCSE English at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme. Provide Pre-Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

If you possess a qualification which differs to those listed for entry onto this course please refer to our webpages

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Provide Pre-Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,000 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

The fees detailed are the fees agreed for 17/18. These may be subject to an inflationary rise in 18/19.

Sponsorship information

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship