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BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (0-11 years) will teach you about the way children learn and develop in a diverse and evolving society, and it's a springboard to a wide range of careers that involve working with young children.
You'll learn about a range of topics relating to child development, health, and learning, and put that knowledge into practice on experiential visits.
Your progress will be assessed with essays, reports, group work, seminar presentations and self-evaluation. Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.
In the first year of this course you’ll study core modules relating to child development and early years care. There is also a mandatory experiential visit.
In the second and third years you can choose to take voluntary experiential visits, and will also focus on one of three strands: Family and Community, Policy, Provision and Practice in Early Years Care and Education, or Policy, Provision and Practice in Primary Education.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
1. Family and Community
2. Policy, Provision and Practice in Early Years Care and Education
3. Policy, Provision and Practice in Primary Education
1. Family and Community
2. Policy, Provision and Practice in Primary Education
Effective Teaching and Learning in the Primary Classroom (20 credits)
The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
Our typical offer is 104 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award). We do not accept General Studies as one of the A levels.
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, 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.
You must have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before you can start this course, and you will also need to complete a medical pro forma.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out 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.
BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (0-11 years) leads to a range of careers in children's services. Many of our graduates go on to work in health, social care, education, childcare, charities, and voluntary organisations.
This degree gives an excellent grounding in education, but please note that it does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If you want to qualify as a teacher, you may find this course more suitable: Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons).
The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Applied Social Studies (CASS) regularly hosts visiting speakers, and it can be an excellent way to learn from the experiences of people who already have a strong track record in social policy.
CASS is the centre for applied social science research at the University, and you may find opportunities to collaborate with the academic team – particularly on areas relating to children, young people and families.