Childhood Studies BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

X300

About the course

Children’s rights, the health and development of young people, how to protect the younger generation – all of these issues often find themselves in the headlines. Children are at the forefront of policy and debate in our society. This course helps you understand the issues and gain some crucial insights into what shapes children’s lives from birth to age 19.

We believe it’s not enough to study the issues affecting children. You also need to understand them from their perspective. The course looks at key topics from the point of view of the children who they affect. It could be ideal if you’re looking to start a career in teaching, early years, social care or child and youth policy work. There are also plenty of other occupations relating to children, young people and families, and our Childhood Studies course is designed to help you take the first step towards your career.

We’ll give you the chance to explore the nature of childhood and youth in contemporary society. The course will examine relevant social theory and research, and draw on current policy and practices out there in the real world. You’ll be able to bring your own experience to bear on the course too.

Along the way you’ll look at childhood through the perspectives of psychology, sociology, philosophy and educational theories. You’ll also have opportunities to study health, wellbeing and development, how to protect vulnerable children and young people, youth identities and cultures, and children’s rights.

The course will also help you build up transferable skills that employers are looking for, developing you as a critical thinker and helping you to understand and challenge current approaches and policy.

While you’re here, you’ll be able to take a work placement in your second year and you have the option to do an enhanced placement in your final year. It could be the ideal way to develop the skills that employers are looking for and gain useful contacts in the industry.

I am proud to be the Course Leader for Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield. We have a fantastic reputation as an interesting, intellectually challenging and child-centred degree programme with tutors from many backgrounds bringing their expertise and knowledge into the classroom. We have graduates who have enjoyed their experience so much and are doing so well in their careers, that they come back to share with you, our current students, how valuable and inspirational they found the course to be. Come and join us to experience the life-changing possibilities our course offers.

Frances Marsden, Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies image for coursefinder testimonial

Frances Marsden, Course Leader, Childhood Studies

Course detail

Core modules:

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

You’ll be introduced to the theories and research that underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults and consider key concepts that explain the basis of development and learning. Assessment typically involves the production of a display and a timed test.

Self Society and Welfare

This module helps develop your understanding of society. You'll examine social issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. Assessment typically involves the completion of a timed test and a written assignment.

Contemporary Childhood Studies

This module explores concepts of childhood and youth and how psychology, sociology, history and philosophy contribute to understanding the experience of childhood. Assessment is typically via a practical element, based on your contribution to a class-based debate and written coursework.

Development of knowledge and understanding of childhood and informal learning are central to this course. You’ll have the opportunity to study core aspects of childhood and to explore essential subjects such as safeguarding children and young people, working with families and ensuring children’s health and well-being. There will be opportunities for discussion and critical reflection of current policy issues and the latest research. You’ll be encouraged to develop your own particular interests by choosing some option modules after Year 1.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. 15% of the study time on the Childhood Studies course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc and you’ll also have a personal tutor who’ll be assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

We require you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check towards the end of Year 1, ready for your placement in Year 2, and to highlight any potential issues during your first term.

Placements


You take a compulsory placement in your second year, with the option of a further employability module in the final year.

The compulsory placement is approximately 120 hours and commonly begins with a block week and then one day a week thereafter to be organised by you with the setting.

We can help link you with a placement setting either individually or as a member of a small group. You could gain experience in schools, children’s centres, nurseries, children’s services, young people's centres/community groups, in a local council, or in museum education for example. Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

“I chose placements that were relevant to my interest and future career. My first placement was in a 0-5 Sure Start centre and my second in a Junior School. I think the inclusion of placements has huge personal and professional value to the course.”

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Abbigail Smith, Childhood Studies graduate

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


This course could enable you to consider a varied range of careers in education, including teaching, early years professional and learning support roles. Previous graduates have progressed as childcare workers, primary and early years teachers and teaching assistants, special needs support roles, play therapist and social support workers.**

Upon successful completion you may also consider pursuing further study, including a PGCE or other professional Master’s programmes.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMS).

92% graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.

Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness. 

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Placements, Employability and Partnerships An enormous part of your learning takes place whilst on placement.  To help you get the best possible experience we operate an extensive professional network giving you the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality placement providers. Our professional network includes links with local authorities, schools, colleges, early years settings, voluntary organisations, youth services and youth offending teams to offer you real-life experience whilst you study. Our placements team offer you help to find your placement and support you through it.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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