If you are applying for the Full Time course click apply now
Course starts: 16 September 2024Apply now
The BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up) course is designed for people who want to gain a full undergraduate Childhood Studies 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 with the title BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies with Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies, enhancing your employability.
When you apply for the BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up) degree, you can choose to enrol on a part-time basis over two years or on a full-time basis over one year. Semester one runs from September to December and semester two runs from January to May. During your first semester of your first year, you will be required to choose one module from four options that you would potentially like to study. Using a choice ranking system, we run preferred modules that meet the required threshold of student numbers. Optional modules are then complemented by core modules.
If you choose to study the Childhood and Society Studies course part-time, you will have the unique option to study the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies pathway, which is beneficial for career progression in many ways. This route incurs additional face-to-face contact time with our specialist Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies lead.
Currently, all students engage with learning and materials via a blend of online learning and face-to-face contact time. Whether you choose part-time or full-time study, the scheduled face-to-face learning for each semester takes place up to two evenings per week between 5-9pm.
Develop your understanding of the strengths and limitations of approaches of research methods and methodologies, including those you will choose for your work based topic. Gain a specialist understanding of an issue by carrying out an independent research project with the support and guidance of a research supervisor. Investigate critical literature relating to your chosen area and implement an investigation strategy to gather research data, then reflect on and analyse the project outcomes, pulling everything together in one conclusion that may make recommendations for further study and/or practice.
Unpack and discuss a wide range of issues in relation to equality and diversity in contemporary society, such as race, class, culture, religion, language, gender, sexuality, disability, mental health, income and education. Discuss, debate and critique why forms and possible causes of inequality manifest, by considering a variety of influential factors. Explore personal, practical, political and ethical dimensions of prejudice, discrimination, and equality in a range of contexts. Strengthen your professional practice and your ability to critique societal responses, legislation and other provisions that are aimed at driving equality now and in the future.
Explore leadership theory and how it relates to work within children and young people settings, exploring and making connections between theories and styles of leadership, working collaboratively in teams and multi-agency contexts, leading change and dealing with conflict, quality assurance, reflective practice and continued professional development, as well as leading yourself. Place theory into practice and practice into theory by utilising and connecting the lecture material and readings to recorded leadership conversations with professionals across the childhood and youth sector, case studies, and, where appropriate, your own practice within the childhood and youth sector.
Gain an understanding of the relationship between education and society and explore some of the key ideas and concepts of education, learning and teaching to understand how they have been shaped by historical, sociological, anthropological and philosophical perspectives. Examine the processes and structures in different educational contexts to determine the impact these have on learners in social contexts. Explore how globalisation is impacting upon education and teaching and learning.
Please note that options are dependent on a suitable number of students taking them, as well as staff availability, and so some options may not run.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Develop your innovation in teaching across all stages of learning, covering a range of groups of children, from large groups to the individual child. Explore and consider all areas of the curriculum and make links to both core and foundation subjects. Strengthen your ability to develop creative teaching support strategies and activities. Examine current political ideology, policy and rhetoric in terms of developing a curriculum that engages all pupils of differentiated ability.
Consider the nature of ‘nurturing care’ and learning practices that support health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, safety and security, and early learning. Think about some of the early intervention strategies used in the UK and abroad that aim to support families whose children are in the foundation years of childhood and that provide optimal environments for learning. Examine care giving/learning practices across the foundation stage years including attachment, interaction, early intervention and the importance of routines. Learn about the theoretical approaches that underpin care of practice and learning with children across the foundation stage of childhood.
Directed at educators at all levels of education, from early childhood to higher and adult education, develop a common understanding of the digital competence needs of educators. Explore a wide range of content, strategies, techniques and approaches that personalise learning and facilitates students to achieve and realise their potential in practice. Learn how this allows for an emergent competency framework, enabling the identification, evaluation, and development of competencies within an organisation or profession, as well as collaborative learning and digital citizenship.
Consider the nature of ‘nurturing care’ and learning practices that support health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, safety and security, and early learning. Think about some of the early intervention strategies used in the UK and abroad that aim to support families whose children are in the foundation years of childhood and that provide optimal environments for learning. Examine care giving/learning practices across the foundation stage years including attachment, interaction, early intervention and the importance of routines. Learn about the theoretical approaches that underpin care of practice and learning with children across the foundation stage of childhood. Reflect upon and gather evidence in practice on nine Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies from birth to eight years.
*To select this optional module, you must be on the part-time route, be employment-based and/or have 25 days placement opportunities depending on currency and timely experiences across the age range 0-8 years.
We don’t currently display entry requirements for United States. Please contact the Student Admin team on email@example.com or 0191 515 3154.
To apply for this course you usually need one of the following:
You must also have all of the following:
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
Part-time fees are £6,935 per 120 credits. Part-time study is not available to international students who require a Student visa to study in the UK.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area), and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 23/24 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Gaining an undergraduate degree in Childhood Studies will boost your career prospects and allow you to progress faster. You will also be eligible to apply for a range of master's courses (level 7), such as MA Childhood and Youth Studies, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses, MSc Inequality and Society, and MA Social Work, which include the option of professional qualifying pathways in Early Years or Youth Work.
Read more about what you can do with a Social Science degree.