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University College Birmingham

Childhood Studies Top-up

UCAS Code: X313

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.

HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Early Years, or Advanced Practice with Children and Families, with 240 credits.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Health and social care

**Course snapshot**

Childhood experiences shape the rest of our lives, and being part of that journey as a professional is rewarding, challenging and often surprising. UCB's Childhood Studies Top-up course will provide you with detailed knowledge and skills for a range of future careers working with children, while our excellent industry links can help you gain valuable work experience alongside your studies, equipping you with the tools and background you need to succeed in this constantly-changing field.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course is intended for anyone who is interested in a career working with children and has already studied a relevant subject at HND or foundation degree level.

**Why should I study the course?**

- This top-up course will allow you to continue developing your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career working with children.

- Our course offers a range of optional modules, encouraging you to develop a specialism that relates to your future career.

- UCB's superb links throughout the child support and education sector enable us to offer you a variety of paid and voluntary work opportunities, allowing you to gain highly valuable experience alongside your studies to support your future career plans.

**Great. Tell me some more**

This course offers you the chance to enhance your professional development through vocational practice, enabling you to develop graduate attributes that will set you apart from the crowd in a competitive employment arena.

You will be able to develop your skills and knowledge by conducting an in-depth study of a particular area of the course relevant to your interests or career plans, either through Professional Engagement or a Research Project.

Our dedicated [email protected] employability can provide you with careers advice and guidance as well as helping you find work that will give you the relevant experience to boost your employment prospects after you graduate.

**What skills will I gain?**

This course will enable you to develop a deep understanding of children's social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs, as well as the contemporary environment surrounding those who work with children.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation, as well as how to help children develop and grow by creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning.

Your studies will help you to improve your communication and management skills, while you will also learn about implementing support strategies.

**What about the future?**

Completing this top-up course will give you an excellent platform to enter a career working with children in a professional capacity. You can move on to work in child-related organisations in a variety of areas including:

- Education

- Welfare

- Leisure

- Advocacy

- Counselling

In such a diverse sector, many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers, nursery owners/managers, social workers and counsellors or specialise in supporting children with learning difficulties.

You can also progress on to postgraduate study, including courses at UCB such as MA Education and Learning or a PGCE course.

Modules

- **Year 2**: Communication, Language and Literacy, Multi-agency Practice and Child Protection, and Research for Enquiry

Early Years Pathway: Child Development and Creativity & Play
Primary Pathway: Pedagogy and the Primary Curriculum and Learning and Development.

One Option From: Children’s Health and Wellbeing, Behaviour and Individual Differences, Mathematics and Science in the Curriculum and Enterprise and Start-up Studies

- **Year 3**: Contemporary Issues in Social Context, Equity and Inclusive Practice, Professional Engagement or Research Project.

One option from: History of Childhood, Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice, Healthy Communities, Philosophy of Education.

Assessment methods

- **Teaching**
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 13 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

- Large Group Teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller Group Teaching - 4 hour of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
- Tutorials - 3 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
- Field trips and visits - Year 1 - trip to the Black Country Museum, Dudley, Year 2 - trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

- **Individual study**
In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

- **Assessment**
There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment. The modes of assessment are varied and include essays, reports, portfolio building, presentations, opportunities for research, the production of a creative resource and a training manual.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

Coursework 100%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at 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:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Education, Health and Community - BA/BSc

TEF rating:
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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)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Health and social care

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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%
Caring personal services

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