Childhood experiences shape the rest of our lives and being part of that journey is rewarding, challenging and often surprising. We have designed our top-up course in Childhood Studies to provide detailed knowledge for a variety of future careers working with children.
Our course give 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 will study the contemporary environment surrounding those who work with children as well as exploring and implementing support strategies and improving your communication and management skills.
Why should I study this course?
- By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
- 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
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical teaching week you will have up to 12 contact hours made up as follows:
- Larger group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
- Small group teaching - students are timetabled for a 3 hour session per week
- Tutorials – 3 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with a total of three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in Semester three.
- Small group teaching - students are timetabled for a 4 hour session per week
- Tutorials - 2 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.
You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course and the application of theory into practice. Your work experience is the basis for most assessments where reflection is strongly encouraged.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
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.
Applicants require a relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: email@example.com
Students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:
UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary).
Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the child support and education sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
Our BA (Hons) top-up degree provides an excellent platform for those who want a career working with children in a professional capacity.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to go onto work in child-related organisations in:
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. Many also go onto further study to become teachers, nursery owners/managers, social workers and counsellors.
If you would like to continue your study after graduation, UCB offers 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.
Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.
Credit Information for students applying for a part-time maintenance loan
If you are applying for a maintenance loan you must indicate how many credits you are expecting to study in the forthcoming academic year. Please refer to the table below to find out this information:
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For further advice about part-time funding, please click here, or contact Emily Bryan on 0121 232 4180.