BA (Honours) Children and Childhoods with Foundation Year

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BA (Honours)

Children and Childhoods with Foundation Year

Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to work with children, young people and families, engaging with diverse communities, challenging inequality and transforming people's lives.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    64 UCAS Points

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    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Develop knowledge of theories, concepts and principles related to children and childhoods
  • Study child development, therapeutic approaches and adverse childhood experiences
  • Put learning into practice by working with children and families on real-world placements
  • Apply theory, research and evidence as you develop as a critically reflective practitioner

We champion applied learning – partnering with over 600 schools and colleges to help you put your learning into practice. This course will support you to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to be able to progress into a variety of in-demand roles or onto a range of postgraduate routes in education, health and social care.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year.

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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. 

You’ll be taught by academics with specialist knowledge and expertise in a range of areas – from psychology and early years to teaching and counselling. You’ll collaborate with your tutors to model and create inclusive teaching and learning strategies and environments, and be supported to challenge accepted ideas and practices. You’ll also be joining a wider learning community of students and academics across the Sheffield Institute of Education. 

Because we partner with so many schools and colleges in the region, you’ll have every opportunity to gain experience and network with leading educational providers. 

You learn through:  

  • Diverse learning, teaching and assessment methods
  • On-campus lectures
  • Guest speakers  
  • Individual reflection  
  • Peers engagement  
  • Class debates  
  • Group tutorials  
  • Research-informed practice 
  • Collaborative projects
  • Real-world projects and placements  
  • Opportunities to study abroad  
  • Coursework-based assessment  

Key themes

You will explore topics including child development, mental health and wellbeing, therapeutic approaches, working with families and professionals, and adverse childhood experiences. 

You’ll learn how to evaluate academic research, literature and policy while developing skills of reflection. You’ll also have chances to co-construct learning through dialogic teaching methods to improve the quality of classroom discussion.  

We focus on applied learning, with innovative teaching to help you engage in problem-based, active learning with enriching educational experiences. As well as understanding the current practice, you’ll have the opportunity to apply research to real-world projects – gaining great experience that stands out to employers. 

Course support

You’ll be taught by a close-knit community of qualified and highly experienced teaching staff who take the time to get to know you. Throughout your time, you’ll receive personalised support, such as:

  • Specialist Hallam tutors and school-based mentors, to support your development across the learning experience
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Career support for up to five years after you graduate

Applied learning


As part of your course you’ll work with employers in a range of ways. In your first year you’ll engage in applied learning with employers to support your understanding of the sector. In your second year you’ll apply for a four-week placement in a setting that supports children and families across a range of education, health and social care employers.  

You’ll have the opportunity to complete a year-long placement between your second and third year. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

In your final year, you can also tailor your research project to make a difference to the children and families within a particular setting.

Travel abroad

You may have the opportunity to spend time abroad as part of your course. After completing their second-year studies, previous students have travelled to Mauritius to work in a range of schools and settings – with funding provided by the Turing Scheme.

Live projects

Throughout the course you’ll complete work-integrated learning modules. Here, our Careers & Employability Service will help you find work with organisations and employers on a range of problem-based learning tasks and projects. 

You will also work with an organisation to critically review an element of their practice or a challenge they have. You’ll take responsibility for the process of reflection and review and completing a report to share your findings.

Future careers

This course prepares you to progress into a career in:  

  • Education  
  • Family liaison 
  • Counselling   
  • Social work  
  • Youth work  
  • Mental health work  

Some of these careers require further postgraduate training such as the following Hallam courses: 

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education 
  • MA in Education 
  • MA in Art Psychotherapy Practice

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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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries, modern cafes and study spaces designed by our students. 

Most of our teaching is conducted in person at our City Campus, right in the heart of Sheffield. 

You’ll have access to industry-standard teaching facilities and equipment, such as our Early Childhood Studies classroom.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification with D or E from core
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

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 at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

• Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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.

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

Contemporary Issues In Inclusive Education
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Inclusive Education, Childhood And Psychology
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Children As Communicators And Thinkers
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Children And Childhoods
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Learning To Learn
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Practice To Keep Children Healthy And Safe
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Play And Enabling Environments
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Responding To Childhood Adversities
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Forest Schools
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Introduction To Counselling Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
School And The Curriculum
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Trauma Informed Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Working With Professionals
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

 Global And Contemporary Issues
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Learning And Wellbeing In Childhood
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Working In Partnership With Children And Families
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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 2024/25 is £16,655 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.

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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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