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Childhood Studies
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Childhood Studies

International Scholarships available

Overview

If you want to work with or for the benefit of children, it is vital that you gain a true understanding of the issues affecting them. On this course, you will gain a whole-child perspective, from pre-birth to early adulthood.

You will gain practical experience through a placement of your choice, such as in a school, nursery, children's charity, youth club or similar setting. You will develop a deep understanding of influences upon children and social rights issues, giving you the platform required to enter any career involving children, from teaching through to community development work.

Childhood and children's lives are considered from different perspectives. The experiences of children in different contexts, both national and global, are examined. Our staff come from a variety of professional backgrounds, adding depth and breadth to your course and you are encouraged to work together with fellow students to explore questions and issues.

Our course is structured around four strands:
The Sociology & Social Policy strand looks at the relationship between the child, family, community and state.
The Psychology & Development strand investigates the various influences upon child development.
The Contemporary Debates in Childhood strand explores current issues relevant to children and childhood, including children's rights, childhood research, and moral dilemmas.
The Critical Reflection strand assists you in monitoring and recording your growing expertise to honours graduate level, and planning a career pathway.

There is a vocational experience in year two that helps you focus on your intended career destination.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
During your second year, you will gain practical work experience through a 90-hour work placement which can take place in settings such as schools, youth clubs or children's charities in the UK or overseas.

You are encouraged to challenge yourself and undertake a placement in an area you have little experience of so you can increase your understanding of children's issues.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Personal Statement:
You must also provide evidence of interest in and involvement with children. Applications from people already working with children are particularly welcome. Mature applicants need to show evidence of previous study at an appropriate level.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Personal Statement:
You must also provide evidence of interest in and involvement with children. Applications from people already working with children are particularly welcome. Mature applicants need to show evidence of previous study at an appropriate level.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
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More questions?
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Careers

Jenny Rowbotham

Careers

Jenny Rowbotham
Student Placement Eureka! The National Children's Museum

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

“For as long as I can remember I've wanted to work with kids. It's been an amazing opportunity to do a placement as part of my degree and I've experienced all areas of the Museum, enabling children to learn through play. My experience also allowed me to work with disabled adults and children which was really rewarding.

Teaching and learning

Gain a deep understanding of children and childhood, developing critical awareness and anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory values, beliefs and attitudes, to prepare for a professional career working with children, young people and families. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
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Discover the key ideas and disciplines that underpin the study of childhood, including sociology, psychology and development. You will engage in contemporary debates about key issues relating to childhood, such as children’s rights, and you will develop your academic study skills through the production of formal essays, referencing, time management and learning how to construct and structure an argument.
Overall workload
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288 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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912 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
17%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
63%
Core Modules

Develop confidence, expertise in academic writing, critical engagement with literature and research, and reflective thinking skills, all of which will prepare you for careers in the Children's Workforce.

An introduction to the literature and resources of childhood study as well as the skills and attributes you will need for success.

You will use psychology to look at childhood behaviour and development, and how it relates to their care, education and welfare.

Learn to use sociology to understand the diverse social experiences of children and young people.

Discuss their rights and how they are upheld in families and in the courts throughout history and in the present day.

Covering developmental themes and concepts, you will gain a strong understanding of cognitive development, social context, developmental psychology and the associated ethical issues.

Deepen your expertise through the study of more complex ideas related to the key disciplines of sociology, psychology and philosophy. You will be introduced to research methods to help prepare for your Major Independent Study, and you will undertake a placement to gain practical experience and apply what you have learnt on the course to a professional setting.
Overall workload
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344 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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766 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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90 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
83%
Core Modules

Embed the necessary personal and interpersonal skills, knowledge, attributes and attitudes for employment, with a supervised vocational experience in a professional setting and a three-week work placement.

Learn to analyse and evaluate early communication skills and chart language development.

Study different sociological perspectives and research related to social inequality, childhood and youth. You will examine the overlapping influences of social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and disability that generate different experiences in the transition to adulthood.

An introduction to the methodology and the ethical considerations of researching childhood, preparing you for undertaking a Major Independent Study in your final year.

Exploring childhood through the concepts of philosophy, you will delve into the definition of childhood and the relationship of children to rights, risks, moral responsibility and social education.

Option modules may include:

Introducing you to primary teaching as a profession by examining the external factors effecting this work as well as current practice and professional expectations.

An in-depth look at the profession of social work, highlighting the employability focus of your course.

You will learn to draw on a range of psychological, sociological and educational perspectives to create your own personal philosophy for working with children from birth to seven years.

Study how the changing meaning of childhood is described in visual culture and in literature.

Young People & Society

Child Welfare & Family Support

Research Internship

Explore and debate complex ideas related to social policy and multi-agency practice. You will conclude your final year by pursuing a topic of your choice and carrying out in-depth academic research for your Major Independent Study. You will also have a choice of option modules, which will allow you to tailor your study to support your individual career interests.
Overall workload
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275 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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925 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
20%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
60%
Core Modules

Develop skills in effective application form and CV writing to help prepare for job interviews. Through the production of an e-portfolio, you will consider the skills, knowledge, attributes and values gained on the course and you will be able to critically reflect on your journey to becoming a graduate.

Examining the social policy of education, health, criminal justice and disability, you will learn how they effect the services and provision for children around the world.

Undertake a project of independent learning in an area of the curriculum that has particular personal interest and value to you.

Option modules may include:

Learn evidence based approaches to dealing with the needs of children with autism and their families.

From criminology and childhood studies viewpoint you will explore different explanations for offending, what interventions are successful and how social inequalities effect the equation.

Focus on different approaches for children with SEN and disabilities in special provision and mainstream schooling. You will also need to complete a placement in Special Provision.

Black / White Mixed-Race Lives: Identity, Childhood & Schooling

Gender Identity & Sexuality in Childhood

Children's play is significant for social, physical, cognitive, creative and emotional development and you will be expected to observe playgrounds and interview children to get a deeper understanding of these issues.

Examine community development and healthy public policy relating to working with children, young people and families to promote their health.

Young people are influenced by marketing and advertising, parents, peers and their school which begs the question when do they become active consumers and when are they victims of consumerism?

By studying a range of child and family therapies relating to childhood development you will be able to appraise the different approaches and settle on what may be most relevant and successful.

Role of the Outdoor Environment within Childhood

Understanding Children & Young People with English as an Additional Language

Working with Vulnerable Families

Dr Sharon Pinkney
Dr Sharon Pinkney
Course Director

Sharon is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University teaching on the BA Hons Childhood Studies. Previously Sharon worked at the Open University in Social Policy Department. Researching in sociology of childhood, social work with children with care experience and child protection.

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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our School Practice Collection
  • Field trips to York and Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Amount dependent on location)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Field trip to New York
    (In years 1, 2 and 3, you will have the opportunity to go to New York. This will cost approximately £900 per trip)
  • Field trip to London
    (In years 1, 2 and 3, you will have the opportunity to go to London. These trips includes an overnight stay, Natural History museum ticket and theatre visit. Each trip costs a maximum of £140 plus optional spending money)
  • End of semester meal
    (End of semester 2, year 1 meal will be pre-organised at a set rate of no more than £18)
  • Christmas meal
    (Year 2 Christmas meal will be at a set rate of no more than £18)
  • Graduation celebration meal
    (Year 3 end of semester celebration meal will be pre-organised at a set rate of no more than £18)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our School Practice Collection
  • Field trips to York and Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Amount dependent on location)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Field trip to New York
    (In years 1, 2 and 3, you will have the opportunity to go to New York. This will cost approximately £900 per trip)
  • Field trip to London
    (In years 1, 2 and 3, you will have the opportunity to go to London. These trips includes an overnight stay, Natural History museum ticket and theatre visit. Each trip costs a maximum of £140 plus optional spending money)
  • End of semester meal
    (End of semester 2, year 1 meal will be pre-organised at a set rate of no more than £18)
  • Christmas meal
    (Year 2 Christmas meal will be at a set rate of no more than £18)
  • Graduation celebration meal
    (Year 3 end of semester celebration meal will be pre-organised at a set rate of no more than £18)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • School Practice Collection
    School Practice Collection

    Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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