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International/EU: £13,995 per year
- Select modules that reflect your interests and career aims.
- Complete placements in settings with children and young people every year of the course.
- Be taught by tutors who have expertise in social work, health care, teaching, playwork and psychology.
This course introduces you to contemporary research in childhood and youth, which explores diverse aspects of children and young people's lives and considers their position in the family, their community and society more broadly. Key areas of study include children and young people's wellbeing, the experience of difference, health and wellbeing, safeguarding, psychological development, education, families, relationships with peers and community participation.
Watch student Rhiannon Goodeve talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
The teaching on this course demonstrates an emphasis on experiential learning and real life problem-solving which will help in making the links between academic study and future employment.
You learn through
- self-managed learning tasks
- group work learning tasks
- lectures and mini-lectures within seminars
- placement tasks and reflections
- student colleagues feedback and evaluation of individual and joint tasks
- work placements
Course leaders and tutors
My current role at Sheffield Hallam University involves teaching on the Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Studies degrees
A variety of experience helps you to understand children and young people in different contexts, and allows you to explore different places you might want to work in.
This course prepares you for a career in
- social work
- working with children, young people and families
- youth work
- health-related careers
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in
- primary schools
- special schools
- school pastoral care management
- colleges and universities
- local councils
- community sports centres
- community centres
- community organisations
- third sector
- 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*.
*Candidates for PGCE courses will require GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent and usually a 2.2 degree or above. Candidates will also need to successfully complete the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the DfE.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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.
- 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.
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 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.
|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|
|Module: Children And Young People's Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Developing Your Personal And Professional Identity||Credits: 20||
|Module: Safeguarding And Promoting Wellbeing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Undertaking Research||Credits: 20||
|Module: Childhood And Loss||Credits: 20||
|Module: Children And Young People With Medical Needs||Credits: 20||
|Module: Exploring Second Language Learning||Credits: 20||
|Module: Forest Schools||Credits: 20||
|Module: Foundation Studies In Tesol||Credits: 20||
|Module: School And The Curriculum||Credits: 20||
|Module: Working With Emotional Intelligence||Credits: 20||
|Module: Working With Multi-Lingual Children||Credits: 20||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Digital Childhoods||Credits: 20||
|Module: Improving Children And Young Peoples Health||Credits: 20||
|Module: Research Project||Credits: 40||
|Module: Rights, Participation And Social Justice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Autism: Challenging Ideas Of Challenging Behaviour||Credits: 20||
|Module: Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection||Credits: 20||
|Module: Therapeutic Approaches With Children And Young People||Credits: 20||
|Module: Understanding Looked After Children||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 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.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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)
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