Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
12 months full-time
UCAS code
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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.

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

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

Individual study

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.

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

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Early Years, or Advanced Practice with Children and Families, with 240 credits.

GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent. 

Students that choose the option module Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

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:

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)  

GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent. 

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


Modules (NV)



Research Option

Students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work Placement

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.

Employability (NV)


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:

  • 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. 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. 

Located on the ground floor of Moss House, 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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Part Time Credits (NV)

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:


Year of Study Credits studied Intensity
Year 1 80 67%
Year 2 40 33%

For further advice about part-time funding, please click here, or contact Emily Bryan on 0121 232 4180.