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Childhood Studies (with Integrated Foundation Year)
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Childhood Studies (with Integrated Foundation Year)

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

Program Description

This course 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 impact their lives. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the child as an individual and the position of the child in society.

You will have the opportunity to register on a new 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.

You may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.

Entry Requirements

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

Other accepted entry qualifications:

  • A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent
  • Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

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

Important Information:

  • 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.


Foundation Year

Essential Study Skills


Foundation module


Subject Specialism

Year 1

The Nature and Culture of Childhood

An Introduction to Child Development

Inclusion, Integration and Exclusion

Building Graduate Skills for the Professional and Reflective Childhood Practitioner

Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum

Child Development: Theory into Practice or Child Development: Practice Competencies for Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner

Year 2

The Child and the Social and Economic Environment

Health and Childhood

Researching Childhood

Creative Approaches

Children and Young People in Global Contexts

Observing, Assessing and Reporting Young Children’s Learning and Development or Assessing Young Children’s Development: Practice Competencies for Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner

Year 3

Childhood Studies Research Project

Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society

Education and Society

Leading Practice for Children and Young People

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


  • Health
  • Social care
  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Charities
  • Voluntary organisations

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