Childhood Studies BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
2 years full-time
UCAS code
X313
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FdA

Course length
1 year full-time
UCAS code
X312
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Overview

This course is suitable for those students who wish to transfer from one year of a related course at another institution into year 2 or year 3 only. We also welcome new applications (not transfers) onto our new degree in Early Childhood Studies (with Graduate Practitioner Competencies).

Childhood experiences shape our lives and being part of that journey is rewarding, challenging and often surprising. Our degree course in Childhood Studies is designed to give you a strong foundation for a variety of careers working with children, including a pathway onto our PGCE. 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.

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 provided with an opportunity to enhance your key employability skills to enable your career progression.
  • For your final project, you can research a topic that interests you and can be relevant to your personal interests or intended future employment. 

Want to go on to teach? Your pathway to our PGCE

  • If you get a 2.2 in your Childhood Studies degree and have GCSE maths, English and science, you can automatically progress onto our PGCE, your pathway into teaching. If you do not currently hold a GCSE science, then speak to your year tutor who will be able to advise you on how you can study this independently but alongside your course at UCB.
  • Our PGCE is accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the UK’s top universities.
  • If you progress to our PGCE, you qualify for a £1,130 PGCE progression fee waiver, plus a £500 discount on fees. See website for details.
  • You will also qualify for The Kick-Start Scheme – if eligible, you receive credit of up to £800, which can be used to buy course-related materials and other items within UCB and you don’t have to pay it back.

Open days

Our  open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB 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 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 location to be announced

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.

Assessment

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% (with the exception of an assessment in 1 module)

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: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. 

GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2. 

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Childhood Studies FdA

Tariff: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. 

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 language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2019/20 entry.

EU/international students

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

PGCE entry requirements

Want to go on to teach? Your pathway to our PGCE

  • If you get a 2.2 in your Childhood Studies degree and have GCSE maths, English and science, you can automatically progress onto our PGCE, your pathway into teaching. If you do not currently hold a GCSE science, then speak to your year tutor who will be able to advise you on how you can study this independently but alongside your course at UCB.
  • Our PGCE is accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the UK’s top universities.
  • If you progress to our PGCE, you qualify for a £1,130 PGCE progression fee waiver, plus a £500 discount on fees. See website for details.
  • You will also qualify for The Kick-Start Scheme – if eligible, you receive credit of up to £800, which can be used to buy course-related materials and other items within UCB and you don’t have to pay it back. 

UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

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 admissions@ucb.ac.uk 

 

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Modules (NV)

Modules

Year 2

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

Year 3

Plus one option from:
New Media Literacies and Learning History of Childhood (30) Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice Understanding Management Healthy Communities Managing Mentoring Philosophy of Education

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 2019/20. 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

In your first year, you will undertake a minimum of 200 hours' of placement working with children under the age of five. In your second year, you will undertake a further 200 hours' 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)

Employability

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

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.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • 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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Irene

Irene Chiukira

Childhood Studies

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Sarger Khan

Sarger Khan

Childhood Studies

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Unistats Data (NV)
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