Childhood Education Studies BA (Hons) (Online)

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
3 years (online)
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Our childhood experiences shape all our lives. Being part of that journey, as a professional helping children and their families, makes for a hugely rewarding career. If you dream of working in this field but want the flexibility of distance learning, University College Birmingham’s Childhood Education Studies degree course allows you to study online and gain the knowledge, understanding and transferable skills to explore a wide range of jobs in this sector.

Preparing you for a constantly changing job market, our online degree will provide you with an in-depth understanding of children’s complex psycho-social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs. You will study a variety of areas, from safeguarding and learning in early childhood to inclusive practice and supporting parents, as well as enhancing a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skill sets.

Our ‘flexi-learn’ online course has been developed to offer you an authentic sense of community, using a blend of communication tools including web-based/email delivery and ‘real-time’ online conversations and activities. You will have face-to-face contact with module staff, personal tutors and dissertation supervisors through web-conferencing software, which you will be trained how to use before your studies begin.

What our staff and students say


Why choose this course?

  • Flexible online learning – Studying our Childhood Education Studies degree online provides you with a flexible approach to learning, enabling you to boost your skills and knowledge while maintaining full-time or part-time employment
  • Specialise your studies – Through the range of option modules, final dissertation project and innovative assessment regimes, you will be able to study and research specialist fields relating to your future career aims
  • Diverse skills and knowledge – Alongside building your understanding of issues surrounding childhood development, social trends and legislative frameworks, you will also develop employability skills required for a wide range of careers in the sector 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and Assessment

Online part-time route

Year 1

At Level 4, you will engage with five innovative modules, two in semester one and three in semester two. You will be expected to engage with online learning and teaching materials for all five modules, each of which features a number of online support sessions you are expected to attend, including distance learning classes and assignment support.

Year 2

At Level 5, you will study two modules in semester one and three modules in semester two, including one option module. As with Level 4, each module includes online classes and assignment support sessions, and you are expected to engage with the online learning and teaching materials.

Year 3

At Level 6, you will have a dissertation module which runs throughout the year, plus one module in semester one and two modules in semester two, including one option module. For the dissertation, you will be supported through five 20-minute meetings with your supervisor, delivered via web conferencing software.

All modules include:

  • ‘Live’ webinar sessions where you can meet module teaching staff
  • Online video/text discussion forums where you can meet and work with other students
  • A minimum of three ‘live’ classroom sessions (which will be video recorded for posterity)
  • Weekly interactive learning and teaching content

You will also receive one formal academic tutorial per semester with your individual tutor.

Individual study

You will need to allocate a minimum number of study hours per week, although in some weeks the amount of time required may extend beyond this, particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments. Canvas, our virtual learning environment, provides access to learning and teaching materials 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Our online course employs a variety of approaches to assessment which encourage you to demonstrate your strengths in a number of different ways. Assessments employ a diverse range of technologies and you are offered pre-tutoring in the use of such technologies during your induction. Assessment is 100% coursework-based and encourages you to reflect on practice to facilitate the application of theory to practical contexts.

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

Level 4 - Year 1


  • Level 3: Achieve a relevant Level 3 childcare qualification  
  • Work Experience: You will need to provide official documentation before enrolment confirming that you are working or volunteering in an appropriate school environment for a minimum of two full days per week
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language – grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent


  • Level 3: Non-related subjects at Level 3 are accepted at University College Birmingham for entrance. A minimum of 72 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance
  • Work Experience: You will need to provide official documentation before enrolment confirming that you are working or volunteering in an appropriate school environment for a minimum of two full days per week
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language – grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent

Level 5 - Year 2

Academic: A relevant HNC, Certificate of Higher Education or a higher level qualification in the areas of Early Years, Childcare or Advanced Practice with Children and Families, with 120 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

Modules (NV)

Year 1

Academic Skills for Distance Learners Exploring Childhood Development Learning in Early Childhood Professional Management within Practice 1 Protecting and Safeguarding Children

Year 2

Behaviour and Individual Differences in Childhood Language and Literacy as Communicative Devices Research for Enquiry in Childhood Education Studies Supporting Parents and Children (0-3 years)
Plus one option from:

Year 3

Plus one option from:
International Perspectives of Childhood Children’s Voice Health and Wellbeing in Context
  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 will work with you and industry providers to secure placement experiences where appropriate to do so.

We have developed close working relationships throughout the child support and education sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.    


Employability (NV)

Graduate careers

Completing our Childhood Education Studies online degree course will give you an exceptional qualification for working in a profession related to childhood and education. Job opportunities will be available for you within areas including:

  • Education
  • Leisure
  • Welfare
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy

Many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers, nursery school managers/owners, work in the social care field or support children with complex behavioural or learning needs.

If you wish to continue studying after graduation, University College Birmingham offers postgraduate study, such as our PGCE Primary Education (QTS) or our MA/PGDip Education and Learning course.


hired@UCB is our 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@UCB 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 – our University recruitment agency 

The hired@UCB team also have an online presence within this course, and a member of staff will be available for one hour per week through video conferencing to address any concerns you might have, to offer career advice and guidance and to support you in all employability matters. Find out more about hired@UCB services.