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BA (Honours) Childhood Studies

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Childhood Studies

Full-time Childhood studies

Explore varied aspects of childhood and adolescence – gaining experience of working with children, young people and the professionals who support their development.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? X370
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop a career working with children and young people from 0-19.
  • Select modules that reflect your specific interests and career aims.
  • Complete placements each year – and even a placement year.
  • Learn from experts in social work, healthcare, teaching, playwork, psychology and research with children and young people.


This course introduces you to contemporary research in childhood and youth, including diverse experiences in educational, community and family contexts. You’ll prepare for highly skilled careers – such as teaching and mentoring, working with children with special educational needs and alternative provision, playwork and play therapy, pastoral support and children’s social care and social work.

Student View

Watch student Rhiannon Goodeve talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The teaching on this course emphasises experiential learning and real-life problem solving – helping you to make the links between academic study and future employment. Key areas include children and young people's mental and physical health and wellbeing, the experience of difference, safeguarding and protection, development and education, children’s rights, relationships with peers and community participation.

You learn through

  • self-managed learning tasks
  • group learning tasks
  • lectures and mini lectures within seminars
  • seminars
  • peer-group discussion
  • mini projects and independent research
  • workshops
  • placement tasks and reflections using e-portfolios
  • peer feedback and evaluation of individual and joint tasks
  • work placements and work-based learning

The course reflects the most current developments in research and practice with children and young people – embedding these into taught modules and work-based learning. You’ll focus on promoting positive mental health in children, trauma-informed approaches to working with children, the benefits of outdoor play, and children’s participation and online safety in digital worlds.

Course leaders and tutors

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Ester Ehiyazaryan-White
Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies

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Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll complete work placements to explore the different career paths you might like to work in. They’re available in every year of the course – with the option to undertake a year in placement as well.

You’ll have opportunities to attend placements in a variety of settings, working with children across the 0-19 age range. You can gain experience in schools, special schools, children and young people’s charities, youthwork, alternative educational provision settings, health settings and forest schools.

Future careers

There’s the potential for a broad range of employment opportunities – many of which will be easier to access due to the course’s focus on 0-19 years. (Some of these opportunities will require additional training and qualification.)

This course prepares you for a career in

  • education
  • teaching
  • social work
  • working with children, young people and families
  • youth work
  • health

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • primary schools
  • special schools
  • forest schools
  • education mental health practice
  • school pastoral care management
  • social work
  • colleges and universities
  • local councils
  • community sports centres
  • hospitals
  • community centres
  • community organisations
  • third sector organisations
  • children's charities
  • nurseries and pre-schools*

All students gaining an honours degree are guaranteed an interview for a Hallam PGCE course – subject to terms and conditions. You’d need GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent, and usually a 2.2 degree or above. You’d also need to successfully complete the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy – as designated by the Department for Education.

* Are you aiming to work in nurseries and pre-schools? If so – after completing the Childhood Studies degree – you’ll also need to successfully complete the one-year fully-funded PGCE with Early Years Teacher Status, which qualifies you to work as an early years practitioner.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

We may accept GCSE equivalents

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma Level 3, for example in Childcare and Education or Health and Social Care.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent.

It would support your application if you have had experience of working/supporting children in school or informal settings on a paid or voluntary basis, however this is not essential

Download our application experience guidelines for more information about experience requirements. This document includes important information about your application. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being unsuccessful.

Suitabilty Declaration

You must fully declare the following information on the application form during the admissions process:

  • unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
  • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
  • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Child Focussed Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Child Public Health Credits: 20
Module: Early Experiences And The Developing Brain Credits: 20
Module: Researching Childhood Credits: 20
Module: The Story Of Childhood And Adolescence Credits: 20
Module: The Value Of Play Credits: 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Children And Young People's Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Your Personal And Professional Identity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Safeguarding And Promoting Wellbeing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Undertaking Research Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Childhood And Loss Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Children And Young People With Medical Needs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exploring Second Language Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Forest Schools Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Studies In Tesol Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: School And The Curriculum Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Working With Emotional Intelligence Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Working With Multi-Lingual Children Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Young Children’S Mental Health Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Digital Childhoods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Improving Children And Young Peoples Health Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Rights, Participation And Social Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Autism: Challenging Ideas Of Challenging Behaviour Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Therapeutic Approaches With Children And Young People Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Children Who Are Looked After Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Childhood studies courses (PDF, 735.3KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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