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BA (Honours) Childhood Studies

Explore many and varied aspects of childhood and adolescence and gain experience working with children, young people and the professionals supporting their development.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS X370 Course code

Course description

What you study

This course gives you the knowledge and confidence to work in an inclusive way with children and young people.

A combination of academic study and work placements gives you the knowledge and skills to support children and young people across a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. You also develop the knowledge and confidence to work in an inclusive way with children and young people.

Key areas of study include • children and young people's well-being • understanding the causes and effects of ill health in children and young people • understanding the psychological development of children and young people• exploring experiences of children and young people in school, with their families, their peers and in the community• working with and doing research with children and young people • sociology of childhood • safeguarding children and young people.

In your first year you are supported in your transition into University life and you are allocated a academic tutor to support your study skills academic study.

As well as studying core modules, in your second and third year you choose optional modules that reflect your interests and career aims. Options include studying children and young people with medical needs, childhood and loss, understanding looked after children, therapeutic approaches in helping children and young people and examining school and the curriculum. Another option is to study Forest Schools, a Scandinavian-inspired learning approach conducted in local woods. You develop outdoor skills and gain a Forest Schools qualification.

During your final year you develop your own research project and carry it out while on placement. Recent topics have included • the use of humour in secondary schools • using music to help children to communicate • friendships • outdoor learning • learning and gender.

You take part in a range of activities that help you explore your subject in new and different ways. Reflecting on your placement experience, guided reading and research, note taking, literature searches and action planning are some of the activities you will be involved in. You also participate in group work such as sharing and presenting ideas and developing your own research.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Placements and work experience

You complete a placement on each year of the course. Spending time in a range of work based placements each year supports you in your future career, and gives you valuable experience and professional skills. Practical experience is reinforced through reflection and links with modules.

We find you a placement unless you choose to source your own. These can take place in a variety of settings working with children and young people - educational settings, special and mainstream, formal and informal, and settings with younger children or older children. A variety of experience helps you to understand children and young people in different contexts, and allows you to work with children, young people and professionals and allows you to explore settings you might want to work in.

You can also apply to take an international placement, working abroad with one of our partner institutions. We currently have arrangements with universities in Germany and Spain.

Facilities
This course is based in our landmark £30 million Charles Street building in the city centre, which is home to the Sheffield Institute of Education. This course is part of the Institute's Department for Education, Childhood and Inclusion which values social justice and inclusion.

Expertise
Tutors on the course have professional expertise in each taught area and many of our tutors are also published authors and active researchers, driving forward knowledge in their areas.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics and English language. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Child Care and Education.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 in the writing module and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skill areas.

You need to demonstrate that you have some relevant work experience, equivalent to 75 hours or more, on a paid or voluntary basis.

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.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions form. If successful in applying, a Disclosure and Barring Services (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check is required.

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.

2018 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics and English language. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Child Care and Education.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 in the writing module and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skill areas.

You need to demonstrate that you have some relevant work experience, equivalent to 75 hours or more, on a paid or voluntary basis.

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.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions form. If successful in applying, a Disclosure and Barring Services (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check is required.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• understanding unique and diverse childhoods • the story of childhood (child development and perspectives on childhood) • play and wellbeing in childhood and adolescence • introduction to university • understanding child and adolescent health • introduction to research skills

Year two core modules

• child and adolescent psychological development • children and young people's rights and participation • research skills 2 • spaces children and young people occupy (e.g. school, on-line spaces, informal spaces)

Year two options

Two from • childhood and loss • children and young people with medical needs • forest schools • inclusive practice (for example understanding the learning and thinking styles associated with autism) • school and the curriculum

Year three core modules

• professional practice with children and young people • safeguarding children and young people • promoting positive childhoods in school, health and through play • research project

Year three options

Two from • understanding looked after children • therapeutic approaches with children and young people • understanding youth work and young people • being creative

Assessment
  • coursework
  • reports
  • essays
  • papers
  • timed assessments
  • book reports
  • self-evaluations
  • individual and group presentations
  • work-based portfolios
  • logs
  • reflective diaries

Employability

The course gives you a versatile degree that is of value in its own right as well as providing an excellent foundation for careers in • education • teaching • social work • working with children, young people and families • youth work • health related careers.

As a childhood studies graduate, you can find careers across a range of children’s services. Types of employer include

• In education - nurseries and pre-schools, children's centres, primary schools, special schools, further education colleges and universities
• Other public sector employers - local councils, hospitals, charities, community centres, community organisations
• Third sector and private employers - community organisations and charities and private nurseries and schools

Other graduate level opportunities are also available to you in areas outside of children’s services.

A number of our students go on to study a postgraduate qualification in subjects including social work, education and research. Others progress to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to qualify as teachers.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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 information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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