Childhood Studies is an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers linked to working with children and young people.
Childhood Studies links naturally with future careers in the areas of social care and education. Our course combines practical skills with academic rigour, helping you work more effectively with children in a variety of contexts.
The course is also a powerful means of self-development. Around 9 out of 10 students on Sunderland’s social studies courses report improved communication skills and more confidence in tackling unfamiliar problems, according to the National Student Survey (NSS 2014).
During the first year of the course you will refine your professional approach, building up the graduate attributes of a reflective practitioner. You will also cover a range of topics that include child development, early years, the primary curriculum and family studies. There is an optional field trip to New Lanark in Scotland where you will learn what it was like to live in an industrial setting and, for children, what it was like to study. The cost of this trip is normally £25.
The second and final years build on these foundations and extend them to cover legislation, health issues and equality and diversity. In the final year there is a project that develops degree-level research skills. In the first year there is a mandatory placement; there are also voluntary placements in the second year.
A particular benefit of Sunderland’s course is the broad knowledge of our academic staff. They have expertise across early years' provision, education, health and social care. Around 9 out of 10 students believe that Sunderland’s social studies staff are enthusiastic about what they teach and good at explaining things (NSS 2014).
There are also opportunities for students to fundraise for a variety of charities and gain direct experience of voluntary work. This charity work has been recognised in the media and by Barnardos, The Children’s Society, Grace House, and the Open Nest.
Graduates Ashleigh and Laura talk about the support they received on their courses at the University of Sunderland: