Childhood Studies BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
X313 / X316 (with Practitioner status)
Fees (Home/EU)
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Course length
2 years full-time
UCAS code
X312 / X315 (with Practitioner status)
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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This course is offered as both a BA (Hons) and FdA. Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) at the end of year 2.

This course is also offered as a part-time FdA.


Childhood experiences shape the rest of our lives and being part of that journey is rewarding, challenging and often surprising. We have designed our degree course in Childhood Studies to give you a strong foundation for a variety of future careers working with children. 

Our course gives you the academic knowledge to succeed in this constantly-changing field as well as an in-depth understanding of children’s social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs. You are given the opportunity to turn theory into practical skills during a variety of work placements, including in nurseries, schools and special schools. 

If you do not hold a full and relevant Level 3 Early Years qualification, you will be assessed in the workplace in order to achieve Practitioner Status. The full list of qualifications which are accepted as full and relevant can be found on the Government website

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will learn about the key characteristics of childhood and how to meet the needs of young children.
  • You will research how to help children develop and grow by creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning.
  • You will gain in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation.
  • You will be encouraged to develop a specialism that relates to your future career by choosing from a wide range of optional modules.
  • For your final project, you can research a topic that interests you and can be relevant to your personal interests or intended future employment. 
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 13 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large Group Teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller Group Teaching - 4 hour of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
  • Tutorials - 3 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
  • Field trips and visits - Year 1 - trip to the Black Country Museum, Dudley, Year 2 - trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

Individual study

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment. The modes of assessment are varied and include essays, reports, portfolio building, presentations, opportunities for research, the production of a creative resource and a training manual.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework 100%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements 

Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Tariff for 2017 entry: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

GCSE / IGCSE English and Maths A*-C grades or 9-4 grades.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Childhood Studies FdA

Tariff for 2017 entry: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

Non-tariff: Non UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. 

GCSE / IGCSE English and Maths A*-C grades or 9-4 grades.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Find out more information on Tariff entry requirements for 2017/18 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.


UCAS Tariff calculator

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If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email 

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


FdA students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.

Year 1

Professional Practice in Childhood Studies Academic Skills (SEC) Introduction to Curriculum Pioneers and Practice Principles of Professional Practice for Employability Working With Children 0-5

Year 2

Early Years Pathway

These modules are applicable for students that have chosen the Early Years pathway

Primary Pathway

These modules are applicable for students that have chosen the Primary pathway

Plus one option from:
Children and Society Children's Health and Wellbeing Behaviour and Individual Differences Managing People Developing Multimedia Learning Resources Enterprise Start-up Studies Mathematics and Science in the Curriculum

Year 3

Plus one option from:
New Media Literacies and Learning History of Childhood (30) Understanding Management Healthy Communities Managing Mentoring Philosophy of Education
Placements (NV)

Work placement

In your first year, you will undertake a minimum of 35 days' of placement working with children under the age of five. In your second year, you will undertake a further 37 days' of placement relating to your chosen pathway (Early Years or Primary).

If you are looking for further work experience opportunities, our highly experienced hired@UCB staff members have a diverse mix of advisors with experience in a wide variety of areas including early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management.

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.

If you did well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available – such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)


Both our Foundation and BA (Hons) degrees provide an excellent platform for those seeking a career working with children in a professional capacity.

Graduating with this degree will enable you to work in child-related organisations in:

  • Education
  • Welfare
  • Leisure
  • Advocacy
  • Counselling

In such a diverse sector, many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers, nursery owners/managers, social workers or specialise in working with children with learning difficulties.

If you would like to continue your study after graduation, UCB offer postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PG Dip level.


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.


Ellie Stokes

Ellie Stokes

Childhood Studies

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Bethany Yates

Bethany Yates

Childhood Studies

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Sonia Panesar

Sonia Panesar

Childhood Studies

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KIS Data (NV)