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Full-time: Three years

Part-time: Six years

Course Options: 
Professional Placement
Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above),
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

* Subject to validation

The BA (Hons) Childhood programme explores the well-established academic discipline of Childhood Studies. The programme focuses on the multi-disciplinary nature of the study of childhood, which embraces diverse academic disciplines such as sociology, education, psychology, history, philosophy, social policy and health. Such inclusion allows for the diverse, multi-faceted experiences of children to be explored, contextualised and interrogated through application of social science perspectives. This approach has a proven record in supporting you to develop and follow particular interests in this diverse field. 


The BA (Hons) Childhood programme explores the multi-disciplinary nature of the study of childhood. It embraces academic disciplines such as sociology, education, psychology, history, philosophy, social policy and health, allowing for the diverse, multi-faceted experiences of children to be explored and interrogated. Within the programme, a variety of discreet pathways are available, related to: ‘education’, ‘disability, special needs, health and wellbeing’, and ‘society and welfare’. These pathways allow students to acquire knowledge and understanding in specialised aspects of childhood and their associated career opportunities and are specifically named in the final degree award.

The first year of the program provides students with an introductory knowledge of child development, health, education and social policy. From the second year onwards, students can choose to focus on one of the three distinct pathways. These pathways will support individual students’ interests and employability outcomes.
Students seeking a wider perspective on childhood, can choose modules from across the different pathways.

Pathway 1: Disability, Health and Wellbeing
This pathway offers a grounding in human development from an ecological perspective; health, well-being; special needs and disability, from both a bio-psycho-social perspective and the disability-studies, rights-based approach.

Pathway 2: Society and Welfare:
This pathway examines welfare ideologies and the ways in which childhood is constructed within the social structures. It explores the welfare needs of children through local, national and international institutions.

Pathway 3: Education:
This pathway provides an opportunity for students to examine early and primary education and the underpinning values of professional practice.

Work experience and development of employability skills are embedded throughout the programme and practice modules are available within specific pathways. Within the Education pathway, students can work towards Early Childhood Graduate Competencies, developed by the Early Childhood Degree Network (ECSDN) and supported by the Department for Education (DfE). This will be offered as an additional certificate promoting the understanding, knowledge and skills required for work in the contemporary and dynamic early years sector. Students who opt to pursue and complete these competencies will receive a certificate of Early Childhood Studies Graduate Practitioner Competencies, alongside their degree.

The academic team draws on years of academic and professional expertise in childhood, education, child health, development and therapeutic working. You will benefit from close working relationships with a highly qualified teaching team who will help you to explore and uncover the fascinating world of children and childhood.

Course modules

Introduction to academic skills and university life (core module)
Child development (core module)
Childhood, care and education (core module)
Society and the child (core module)
Diversity, rights and inclusion (core module)
Health and wellbeing (core module)
Research methods (core module)
Safeguarding (core module)
The ecology of the child (core module)
Pathway 1: Disability, health and wellbeing
Principles of intervention
Developmental disabilities
Children's mental health
Pathway 2: Society and welfare
History of childhood
Children in law
Contemporary welfare
Pathway 3: Education
Creative learning
Language and literacy
SEN and inclusive education
Practice 1
Independent Project (core module)
Global childhoods (core module)
Pathway 1: Disability, health and wellbeing
Therapies and counselling
Child public health
Disability studies
Pathway 2: Society and welfare
Peripheral childhoods
post-colonial and post-human childhoods
Families and the state
Pathway 3: Education
Environmental education and outdoor learning
Current debates in schooling
Children, mathematics and science
Practice 2

Career opportunities

The Childhood programme and its pathways provides the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of childhood for students who aspire to work directly with children, their families and/or with the services that support them. Employability has always been central to the Childhood programme here at the University of Suffolk. We encourage all students to undertake work/practice experience in whatever form is most accessible and appropriate for the individual student.

The Childhood programme enables students to go into a range of careers working with children and their families as well as further graduate education such as Initial Teacher Training, Postgraduate Certification, and further studies at Masters’ and/or Doctorate level. Graduate destinations have previously been situated within the areas of education, early years provision, family support work, social care, therapeutic settings and charitable organisations.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £12,150 p.a. 

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Course options

For placements you do not need to be in employment.

Students are encouraged, in coordination with a School placements officer drawn from the academic staff, to find their own placement. As needed the School with provide additional support for finding placements amongst those students pursuing the optional practice element.


Dr Wendy Lecluyse began her career as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist. She obtained my graduate degree in Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology in 1998 at Ghent University (BEL) and subsequently worked as an SLT specializing in hearing impairment and specific language...

Dianne lectures across the Childhood Routes degree. In 2014, Dianne graduated from University Campus Suffolk with a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood and Youth Studies, receiving the Best Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2015, she received her MA in Childhood and Youth Studies from Uni...

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Sarah began her career as a Registered Nurse at the Leeds General Infirmary. Subsequently, she graduated from the Open University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and began a career in teaching. ...

Dr Dogaru is a paediatrician-turned-social scientist, with a medical degree from University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania and a PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University, USA. Dr Dogaru has over 20 years of interdisciplinary professional and aca...

Maureen is a sociologist whose research centres on constructions of the body, reproductive politics, and subjectivity. Maureen joined University of Suffolk in 2014 as a lecturer for Childhood Studies and was appointed course leader for the MA Childhood Studies in 2015. She graduated...

Carolyn is a lecturer within the Childhoods program. In 2015 Carolyn qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling including hypnotherapy and counselling skills. From 2016, Carolyn worked within the Student Service team at the University of Suffolk before compl...

Dr Ivana Lessner Listiakova is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Suffolk. Her expertise is in inclusive education, learning support, sensory processing difficulties, sensory strategies, and creative arts therapies and int...

Deborah's first and Master s degrees in Psychology are from the Open University. She also holds a P.G.C.E. and is a qualified primary school teacher. ...

Sarah is the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities. She is an Associate Professor of social policy specialising in childhood. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in higher education and international schools. At the University of Suf...

Dr Marianna Stella is a Lecturer in Education and Childhood at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Marianna’s main areas of focus are around development of educational practice, teacher training, Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), dyslexia, inclusive education and wi...

Dr Pallawi Sinha is a Lecturer in Childhood Studies. Pallawi is passionate about building dialogue and understanding on education and childhoods, particularly in indigenous, disadvantaged and marginalised contexts; ‘other’ epistemologies; difference; ecologies of learning; the e...

Facilities and Resources

Most of our teaching takes place at our Waterfront Building situated on Ipswich marina. The Waterfront Building has modern seminar rooms, lecture rooms and an auditorium. It’s also home to several flexible open-study spaces available for students to use as well as picturesque views across the waterfront. The Atrium Building is another location for our teaching and again contains modern seminar rooms with AV equipment and a café on the ground floor.