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University College Birmingham

Childhood Education Studies Top-up (Online)

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

On-line study | 2021

Subject

Childhood studies

**Course snapshot**

Childhood experiences shape our whole lives, and being part of that journey as a professional supporting children and families is a truly rewarding career. If you already have a background in this field and want to boost your academic credentials through distance learning, our Childhood Education Studies top-up degree at University College Birmingham enables you to study online and further develop your skills for the sector.

**Who's the course for?**

Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), this course will suit you if you are interested in the childcare sector and would like a flexible approach to study that you can fit around your working commitments.

**Why should I study this course?**

- **FLEXIBLE ONLINE LEARNING** – Boost your skills while maintaining full-time/part-time employment by studying our top-up course online

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – Learn about a variety of specialist topics through optional modules, a final dissertation and innovative assessment regimes

- **DIVERSE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE** – Develop your understanding of childhood development and sociology as well as employability skills for your future career

**Great! Tell me more**

Our ‘flexi-learn’ online course offers you an authentic sense of community by using a mixture of communication tools, such as web-based/email delivery and ‘real-time’ online activities and conversations. Using web conferencing software, you will have face-to-face contact with module staff, personal tutors and dissertation supervisors throughout your course. We will offer you training to help familiarise you with this software before your course begins.

The course is assessed entirely through coursework, using different approaches to encourage you to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways.

**What skills will I gain?**

Completing this course will give you an in-depth understanding of children’s complex psycho-social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs, as well as enhancing your awareness of legislative frameworks, social trends and issues surrounding childhood development.

Through our optional modules, you will be able to learn about how childhood is affected by environmental factors around the world, explore the importance of listening to children in a professional context and build on your knowledge of psychology, health and wellbeing.

In addition, you will build a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills essential for success in this field.

**What about the future?**

This top-up course provides you with an exceptional qualification for working in a profession related to childhood and education. It will open up job opportunities for you in child-related organisations within a variety of areas including:

- Education

- Leisure

- Welfare

- Counselling

- Advocacy

Many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers or nursery school managers/owners, while others work in the social care field or supporting children with complex behavioural or learning needs.

After completing this course, you can also move on to postgraduate study, including a PGCE course at University College Birmingham.

Modules

- Contemporary Issues in International Contexts
- Equity and Inclusive Practice in Education
- Dissertation

Plus one option from:
- International Perspectives of Childhood
- Children’s Voice
- Health and Wellbeing in Context

Assessment methods

**Note:** Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.

**Teaching**

You will be expected to engage with online learning and teaching materials throughout the course. For your final dissertation, you will be supported through five 20-minute meetings with your supervisor via web conferencing software.

All modules include:

- ‘Live’ webinar sessions where you can meet module teaching staff
- Online video/text discussion forums where you can meet and work with other students
- A minimum of three ‘live’ classroom sessions (which will be video recorded for posterity)
- Weekly interactive learning and teaching content

You will need to allocate a minimum number of study hours per week, though some weeks may require you to extend beyond this, particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments.

**Assessment**

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

- **Coursework** – 100%

Assessments will employ a diverse range of technologies for which you will be offered pre-tutoring during your induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£5,500
per year
EU
£5,500
per year
International
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Education, Health and Community - BA/BSc

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
C

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£15,500
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
17%
Welfare professionals
9%
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