Childhood Studies

BA single honours at The Learning Centre Bexley Childhood Studies 2017/18

Year of entry

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

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 10 hours per week.

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.

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.



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

Full-time  N/A  N/A
Part-time  £4,625  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*The following years of study after the foundation year are subject to the standard undergraduate UK/EU tuition fee set for each year. Visit the relevant degree page for full details.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Car parking permit  Students studying at the Hall Place or Medway campus are required to purchase a parking permit if they wish to park on site. (£26.25 per annum for part-time students; £52.50 for full-time students.)

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


The course has the equivalent of 36 taught hours and 50 hours of work-based learning.  You are expected to carry out around 114 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 10 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)

Applications for this course can be completed online .

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Please note

For the programme you are applying for, the University needs there to be a minimum of eighteen students to be able to run the cohort. If the University is unable to attract enough students then the cohort will not run. Where we are unable to run a cohort the University will contact those affected via the email address given on the application form, the University would also normally expect to offer those affected the opportunity to join the next cohort of the course they have applied for either at the original location that the programme was to run or at an alternative venue (once again subject to the minimum number of students being recruited

Fact file


  • 1 year based on part-time attendance supported by Work Based Learning upon completion of the Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification


  • September 2017

Entry requirements



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