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BAChildhood Studies

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Why choose this course?
You will benefit from:

a wide knowledge of childhood allowing for a variety of career options
international placement opportunities
tailored assessment and support with no formal exams
excellent facilities and experienced and enthusiastic tutors.
What our students say
“The course appealed to me as it gives you an overall insight into children and I was unsure of what career path to take but knew that I wanted to work with children.”

Alyson Robson, BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Programme structure

When does the course start?
Induction begins on the first Monday of Welcome Week. For entry in 2015 this will be Monday 28 September 2015.

What will I study?
You study the holistic development, education and experiences of children and young adults from 0 – 12 years, through early childhood to adolescence, and undertake two work experience sessions.

In Year One the focus is on the child and its development, by examining their earliest learning experiences. In Year Two the focus is on developing an international perspective on childhood. You organise your own experience with other communities, either overseas or in the UK. In Year Three, these experiences are further extended through the taught modules and by undertaking a research dissertation focusing on children in a chosen setting.


Year One

Becoming an Active Learner
Communicating with Children and Families
Early Learning in Context
Diversity and Inclusion
Year Two

Becoming a Researcher
International and Community Perspectives
Childhood as a Social Construct
Optional module:
Developing Creative Skills
Learning in Nature
Year Three

Research Dissertation
Leadership and Management
Health and Well-being
Learning and Assessment

Contact hours
In the first year, you will spend an average of between nine and ten hours a week in:

Lectures will build your subject knowledge and understanding, while tutorials and seminars provide an opportunity to discuss issues and ideas arising from your studies. The bulk of your time will be spent on independent study and placements. You are expected to have 88 hours across the year on placement.

How will I study?
We’ve introduced flexible and innovative ways of learning and teaching to develop your study skills and understanding of theory and practice. Methods include:

small group or individual tutorials
field study
directed or independent study tasks
small-scale research
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be on your coursework and there are no formal exams during the course.

Academic support and guidance is provided through our tutor support structure. Regular tutor feedback is given on your work in order to help you improve, develop your skills and begin to plan for your future career.

Links with industry
We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways:

We consult with employers when we design and update our courses.
We ensure you are prepared to meet the demands of the workplace by continually checking the currency and validity of our courses with employers.
You will have the opportunity to have a work placement (if not already in paid or voluntary employment).
Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.

Career opportunities

Your career development

We have an excellent record for graduate employment. 93% of our graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DHLE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/12). We are one of the top universities in England and Wales for our graduate employment rate.

This course enables you to pursue a diverse range of career paths including:

social work
speech therapy
play work
charity work
community projects
environmental projects
museum education projects
refugee support.
Some of these may require further specialist study.

Average graduate annual salary after six months*
BA (Hons) Childhood Studies: £13,000-£18,000.
All universities and colleges of higher education: £13,000-£17,000.

  • Unistats website September 2012

Guaranteed interview scheme: teacher training
One of the benefits of the course is the broad knowledge and experience you will gain. This experience may lead you to consider teaching, even if you have not considered this as a career before.

If you complete your degree, you are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE teacher training course during your final undergraduate year. You will have to meet the essential entry criteria for the PGCE course at the time, such as:

degree grade
Places on these courses are limited each year by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and there is strong competition for interviews. You should attend routes into teaching events in your second year to find out about applying and qualification requirements for the different routes.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States