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Childhood Studies

University of Sunderland
Sunderland, Great Britain
 1615 Points
3 Years
Start date
Sep 2022

Program Description

Are you interested in a career engaging with families, children and their communities? This Childhood Studies degree will provide you with skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of subject areas that combine to form childhood studies. You will learn about child development, children's needs, and the historical, social and cultural issues that impacts their lives. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the child as an individual and the position of the child in society and family.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to register on an exciting pathway, Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies in your first semester. This will allow you to become a practitioner and assures employers that you have completed relevant practice experience. If you choose to take this pathway, you will graduate with the degree title BA (Hons) Childhood Studies with Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
Foundation Year
English Level
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.

Information about requirements:

  • You must have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before you can start this course, and you will also need to complete a medical pro forma.

Other accepted English language qualifications:

  • Secure English Language Test (SELT)
  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language: grade C or above (UK Exam board)
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II: Merit or Distinction

More Information:

  • If you don't meet standard entry requirements, the university also offers this course with a Childhood Studies (with Integrated Foundation Year).
  • If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) University Preparation Courses before you begin your course.


Year 1

The Nature and Culture of Childhood

Child Development

Child Development: Theory into Practice

Inclusion, Integration and Exclusion

Teaching and Learning across the Curriculum

Child Development: Practice Competencies for the Early Childhood Graduate

Year 2

The Child and the Social and Economic Environment

Health and Childhood

Observing, Assessing and Reporting Young Children’s Learning and Development

Creative Approaches to Children’s Learning and Development

Teaching and Learning across the Curriculum

Observing, Assessing and Reporting Young Children’s Learning and Development with Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies

Researching Childhood

Children and Young People in Global Contexts

Year 3

Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society

Childhood Studies Research Project

The First Three Years of Childhood

Leading Practice for Children and Young People

The First Three Years of Childhood: Practice Competencies for Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner

Education and Society


  • Children's services
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Charities
  • Voluntary organisations

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