Professional Studies in Childhood

Overview (NV)
Course length
2.5 years part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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This course is also offered as a full-time BA (Hons) and FdA.


If you are already pursuing a career working with children, this course will help to enhance your qualifications. The early years sector is rapidly diversifying and there is a growing need for highly-trained staff who are knowledgeable, flexible and adaptable.

This FdA in Professional Studies in Childhood provides you with a high level of academic knowledge and enhanced practical skills in the development and education of young children. It also concentrates on helping you develop important management skills with children. Success in this field requires an in-depth understanding of children’s social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs.

You will also look at provision, which must be planned against a background of changing legislation and fluctuating trends in public opinion. In addition, you will develop appropriate management skills in order to be able to plan strategies within the constraints of each organisation.

Duration of the course

You will complete this course over 2.5 years part-time by taking one session per week on a Tuesday (1pm – 7pm) or Wednesday (3pm – 9pm).

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will enhance your understanding of the varying characteristics of childhood and the ways in which children’s needs are met.
  • You will develop your individual and personal professionalism, improving your knowledge of the self and enhancing your performance in the workplace as well as your fundamental research and study skills.
  • You will concentrate on developing a greater depth of understanding of ways to enhance child development through the creation of learning opportunities.
  • It has a flexible approach to learning, which enables you to enhance your knowledge and skills whilst maintaining full or part-time employment.
  • This course can lead onto a BA (Hons) degree, which then allows progress onto postgraduate level courses. 
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Part-time students attend one afternoon/early evening per week. Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 6 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching - 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms 
  • Small group teaching - 1 hour in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
  • Tutorials - 1 hour including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

Individual study

This is a work-based vocational programme and students are advisedto commit 10 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 FdA

A Level 3 qualification such as a NNEB, BTEC ND or DCE.

You must be working in an appropriate childcare environment for 8-10 hours per week (paid or unpaid).

A letter of support will also be required from your line manager.

Find out more information on alternative entry requirements.

Modules (NV)

Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons).

Year 1

Academic Skills (SEC) Exploring Child Development Professional Management Practice 1 The Protection of Children Young Children's Learning

Year 2

Plus three options from:
Using ICT Creatively Creativity & Play Interpersonal Communication Skills for Managing The Professional Environment Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Mentoring for Learning
Placements (NV)

Work placement

It is expected that you are already employed, or volunteering, and are able to use your place of work to complete your practical assessments. You will need a letter of support from your line manager to confirm your suitability for the course and that your workplace is in full agreement for you to attend and undertake assessment.

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)


This course provides an excellent platform for those who want to build on their career working with children within the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Graduating with this degree will enable you to continue your work in the childcare industry in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Welfare
  • Leisure
  • Advocacy
  • Counselling

If you would like to continue your study after graduation, UCB offers undergraduate top-ups and postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PG Dip level in social work, education and other practitioner-based qualifications.


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 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)