This course will provide you with skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of subject areas that combine to form childhood studies. You will learn about child development, children's needs, and the historical, social and cultural issues that impacts their lives. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the child as an individual and the position of the child in society.
You will have the opportunity to register on a new pathway, Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies in your first semester. This will allow you to become a practitioner and assures employers that you have completed relevant practice experience. If you choose to take this pathway, you will graduate with the degree title BA (Hons) Childhood Studies with Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies.
Year 1 (national level 4):
You will reflect on a range of psychological, sociological, health, historical and philosophical perspectives and consider how these underpin different understandings of children and childhood. Throughout your first year modules, you will demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the skills needed for building relationships with individual children, children in groups, families, colleagues, other professionals and communities.
- The Nature and Culture of Childhood (20 credits)
- An Introduction to Child Development (20 credits)
- Inclusion, Integration and Exclusion (20 credits)
- Building Graduate Skills for the Professional and Reflective Childhood Practitioner (20 credits)
- Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum (20 credits)
- Child Development: Theory into Practice (20 credits) or Child Development: Practice Competencies for Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner (20 credits)
Year 2 (national level 5):
You will critically explore, examine and evaluate the significance of the cultural, historical and contemporary features of various policies, institutions and agencies regarding childhood. You will plan for and implement: play, the curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and improvement of creative learning opportunities, taking into account children's health and emotional wellbeing. You will also reflect upon the ethics of studying children and their families and communities through field work. You will become more independent, resilient, responsible and pragmatic and develop as an autonomous learner.
- The Child and the Social and Economic Environment (20 credits)
- Health and Childhood (20 credits)
- Researching Childhood (20 credits)
- Creative Approaches (20 credits)
- Children and Young People in Global Contexts (20 credits)
- Observing, Assessing and Reporting Young Children’s Learning and Development (20 credits) or Assessing Young Children’s Development: Practice Competencies for Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner (20 credits)
Final year (national level 6):
You will apply multiple perspectives to childhood issues, recognising that childhood studies involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications. You will begin to lead, support and work collaboratively with others and demonstrate an understanding of working effectively in teams with parents, carers and other professionals. You will also produce critical arguments for improvements to multi-agency and multi-professional practices for children, families and communities.
- Childhood Studies Research Project (40 credits)
- Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society (20 credits)
- Leading Practice for Children and Young People (20 credits)
- Education and Society (20 credits)
- The First Three Years of Childhood (20 credits) or The First Three Years of Childhood: Practice Competencies for Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner (20 credits)