Childhood Studies

BA single honours Childhood Studies 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day


*Subject to validation

Childhood Studies is available as a BA (Honours) and as a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies

This exciting area of study, designed for those with a relevant foundation degree, considers the influences that shape children’s development and learning, their personalities, and the critical periods that will shape their journeys to adulthood. We have designed this course for those working with children and young people aged 0-19 years in settings such as schools, nurseries, childcare, foster care, child minders,youth groups, cadets, or library services.

  • research methods
  • different aspects of special education needs and inclusion
  • curriculum learning theory
  • issues relating to children and young people.

BA (Hons) 1 year top-up to the Foundation Degree

This course is intended for students with 240 credits who have already completed a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies (or equivalent) to top up to a full BA (Hons) degree. Students will intend to enter teaching or already work in the childcare or with young people.

The course is intended to allow you to 'earn as you learn' so that you can use your work in a relevant setting to inform your debate, discussion and critical reflection at University.

Gaining an undergraduate work-based qualification whilst working in a professional role, may enhance your employment prospects and enable you to access further higher education and professional qualifications.

You will study a variety of areas relevant to the support and development of children and young people with a focus on work-related methods. You will be able to critically reflect and analyse these issues from an academic perspective whilst relating to and evaluating these against your work-based professional practice.

You will follow a pathway of 120 credits (Level 6) which builds on your previous 240 credits (at Levels 4 and 5) gained from your Foundation Degree course or equivalent. As well as studying at university, you should be working in a child-related role (paid or voluntary) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

You can opt to follow a generic or specialist pathway for your Childhood Studies degree.

Generic Pathway Modules  

  • Work-based Enquiry Methods
    You will be able to engage in practical work-based research methodology and critically evaluate the methods of enquiry related to 'practioner research'. You will be focussed in exploring your role in a variety of pratitioner-researcher ethical conundrums.
  • Research-Informed Practice
    You will explore how current research trends contribute to workplace practice. Drawing on your experience in your work setting, you will choose an area of interest related to your professional role and examine aspects of its culture, ideology and ethos.  
  • Contemporary Childhood Issues
    You will develop a more critical awareness of the debates surrounding the key issues in the support and development of children and young people. You will gain a broad view of childhood and child development including how different societies consider childhood, and how this relates to concepts of childhood, culture, child care, education and schooling.
  • Contemporary Learning Theory
    You will develop your knowledge of theories of human learning through the study of contemporary and less well known theories of human learning. This will enable you to understand the complexity and commonality of human learning and, in particular, the lifelong experience of individual learning.
  • Independent Enquiry
    You will be able to use this module to build on your experiences of evaluating and developing work-based research tasks. This module will equip you with the principles and methods based in work-based enquiry. You will plan and carry out a small-scale independent enquiry related to your professional setting.

SEN Pathway Modules

  • Work-based Enquiry Methods
    You will be able to engage in practical work-based research methodology and critically evaluate the methods of enquiry related to 'practioner research'. You will be focussed in exploring your role in a variety of pratitioner-researcher ethical conundrums.
  • Special Education Needs (SEN), Disability and Inclusion
    This module enhances your professional knowledge and critical reflection, through engagement with historical and current international and national legislation and guidance.
  • Developing Effective Interprofessional Practice 
    You will explore how agencies and professionals work with each other to support children with special educational needs.  The module will enable you to gain confidence in discussing issue and to begin to analyse and evaluate the skills that are used in working with a variety of agencies, parent/carers and voluntary groups, as well a range of professional including those from health, social care and education.
  • Effective Classroom Practice for Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties
    The focus of the module is to explore, define and critically evaluate the feature of effective classroom practice for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Upon completion of the Childhood Studies degree, many of our students progress onto a postgraduate route into teaching.  At Canterbury Christ Church, this can be through the School Direct programme or through one of the variety of full and part-time PGCE routes offered.  Some students already have a wealth of teaching experience and may be eligible to entre the 'Assessment Only' route to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Other students have progressed onto a variety of social work courses or specialist fields such as speech and language or art therapy.  Many students have continued onto Masters level study.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this programme are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.  

*Childhood Studies will only be offered on a full-time basis from 2018-19 onwards. No part-time pathway will be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Headsets are available from the University. The current cost is £20.

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

You will be taught face-to-face at our Canterbury or Medway campus. It is intended that the teaching would take place on one day or one evening (Twilight) per week and an occasional Saturday.  

The course has the equivalent of 35 taught hours and 75 hours of work-based learning.  You are expected to carry out around 90 hours of independent research and study for each module.

Surprising Terms

You are expected to work in child-based setting (this can be a paid or voluntary role) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  If you are not able to find work in a child-based setting, you may not be able to complete your studies.

“My course has enabled me to study whilst working which has enabled me to constantly reflect on my learning. It’s offered me the chance to develop graduate skills which are key to working in my school setting and have helped me to understand how a school works.

Completion of this course has enabled me to apply and successfully achieve a Schools Direct placement to gain QTS next September, which will be through Christ Church.”

Lisa, Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Top up (part-time)

Fact file

UCAS code

  • X323 Childhood Studies (BA Top Up)

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 1 year based on full time attendance supported by Work Based Learning upon completion of the Foundation Degree


  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • 240 credits of advanced standing (usually a Foundation Degree or similar; for example, a Diploma of Higher Education or other accumulated credits at levels 4 and 5) in a related area).

    GCSE English grade C (or equivalent)

    If you do not have English at GCSE grade C or above you will be required to take and pass the University Equivalency tests for entry onto this course.

    Additional entry requirements
    Full-time work-based: with 15 hours per week employment or voluntary work in a child or young people's setting.

    Entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
    More entry requirement details.



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