Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up) is designed for people who want to gain a full undergraduate degree, and are working with children and/or young people.

You will develop a broader understanding of a number of childhood-related topics, and use this to analyse your own practice and the practice of others in childhood settings.

If you have existing experience in early years, you can take the optional pathway in Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies and graduate with a highly-desirable degree title BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies with Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies, improving your employability.

Why us?

  • The inclusion of Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies is recognised as leading practice in the early years sector nationally
  • We are one of eight Higher Education institutions in the UK who have been chosen to pilot the optional Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner pathway
  • 'World-leading' research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Evening classes, to fit around work commitments
  • Focus on work and practical application of learning
  • Our Social Work courses were ranked 1st overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Our Social Work courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for Assessment and Feedback, and 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey

Course structure

This is a full-time course, and the timetable has been carefully created to allow you to continue working in a paid or voluntary capacity for at least two days a week. You will be taught via lectures, seminars and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Contact time

Semester one (September–December)
Up to two evenings per week: Mondays 5pm–8pm (Equality and Diversity module) and 6pm-9pm (Childhood Studies Research Project) and Wednesdays either from 5pm–8pm or 6pm–9pm, dependent upon the optional module*.

Semester two (January–May)
Three sessions on Mondays 6pm–9pm, and weekly sessions on Wednesdays either from 5pm–8pm or 6pm–9pm, dependent upon the optional module*.

*If you choose to take the optional pathway in Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies, there will be additional contact times.

In addition to the contact time, you will also have supervision sessions for the Childhood Studies Research Project (Dissertation).

Please be advised that these times are subject to change – if you have any questions, our Student Admin team will be able to help.

National level 6:

Modules on this course include:

  • Education and Society (20 credits)
  • Leading Practice for Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society (20 credits)
  • Childhood Studies Research Project (40 credits)

Plus one option from:

  • The Foundation Years (20 credits)
  • The Foundation Years: Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies (20 credits)
  • Creative Teaching and Thinking (20 credits)
  • Children, Young People and Digital Learning (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for your course include:

    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
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You'll be based at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you usually need one of the following:

  • Foundation Degree in a relevant subject (such as Education and Care)
  • 240 credits (or equivalent) of a recognised UK undergraduate award, in a relevant subject to Level 5.

You must also have all of the following:

  • GCSE grade C or above in three subjects, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
  • At least two years experience of working or volunteering with children and/or young people
  • A letter of endorsement from your employer or provider of voluntary work
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

This course is subject to approval.

Fees and finance

Full-time fees

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

Part-time fees

Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 credits.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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Gaining an undergraduate degree will boost your career prospects and allow you to progress faster. You will also be eligible to apply for a range of Masters courses (level 7), such as Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), MSc Practice Development, MSc Inequality and Society and MA Social Work.

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