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BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

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UCAS code: 
L521
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Introduction

The importance that society places on ‘childhood’ makes it a rewarding and topical area for academic study and can lead to a broad range of careers.

We draw on different disciplines to explore academic perspectives, including sociology, psychology, social policy, health, education, politics and cultural studies.

The programme builds on the University’s established history of delivering degrees in this field and its continuing place on the national stage as a leading provider of such programmes.

As a graduate, you will be able to work with families and children of all ages through various career paths, including education and welfare roles in statutory, private and voluntary sectors, and teaching at primary school level.

There are few subjects that have more personal relevance. Yet childhood is recognised as a critical construct of contemporary societies that simultaneously threatens and reinforces social cohesion.

The course equips you with the knowledge and skills to work critically and effectively in the many domains in which children live their everyday lives and with the multiple services that seek to support them.

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Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Intro to academic skills (Mandatory)

This module introduces students to the academic skills required for successful study at HE level. It also includes dedicated tutorial support for students as they prepare first semester assignments.

Children’s rights (Mandatory)

Children’s rights are often spoken of but frequently left un-interrogated and perceived as universally benevolent. This module introduces rights discourses and poses some challenges to the dominant perspectives, which surround children’s rights.

Children, childhood psychological and sociological approaches (Mandatory)

The module takes the usually disparate disciplines of psychology and sociology and combines them by exploring the ways in which childhood has been constructed and theorised.

Introduction to research (Mandatory)

The module introduces some of the fundamental principles of research philosophies, methodologies, methods and ethics as well as the ongoing debates which surround them.

Healthy children? (Mandatory)

Students will explore biological and environmental factors that shape child health and recognise that being healthy in childhood is dynamic and contested.

Children and welfare (Mandatory)

Childhood is seen as a key time for social support which is influenced by particular welfare and political ideologies. This module explores ideas about social justice, inequality and welfare rights for children.

Representations of children in art and literature (Mandatory)

This module introduces students to ways in which children and childhood have been depicted both historically and contemporaneously thus providing insights into the multiple ways in which childhood has been, and is constructed through the arts and literature.

Research Methods (Mandatory)

Having been introduced to the core principles of research in level four, students now engage with the methodologies, methods and ethics involved in participatory research. This enables students to begin to apply relevant knowledge to their own research endevours.

Safeguarding (Mandatory)

This mandatory module informs students of the past and present policies, legislation and statutory procedures surrounding the safeguarding of children and families.

Children’s relationships (Mandatory)

The social context in which children live is examined by exploring the centrality of everyday intergenerational relationships through which we recognise the interdependence of children and adults.

Children’s Health and Wellbeing (Optional)

This module uses the sociological imagination in order to critically evaluate alternative modules of health. It explores health inequalities, socio- economic status, gender and ethnicity and their diverse impact on the ‘healthy’ minds and bodies of children.

Dangerous Childhoods? (Mandatory)

In contrast to notions of child as ‘investment’ here we explore alternative perspectives which construct children as deviant, threat, troubled and troubling and evaluate social responses to such ‘problem’ childhoods.

SEN and inclusion (Mandatory)

This module introduces students to the diversities of children’s experiences through examining special educational needs and issues of inclusion.

Children as Sexual Subjects (Optional)

Sexuality and sexual orientation in childhood can be neglected themes. This module offers insights into other perspectives, which extend our knowledge and understanding of children and sexuality.

Dissertation (Mandatory)

This research based module provides students with the opportunity to engage in research by exploring a topic of interest independently with the support of a supervisory team.

Anthropology of Global Childhoods (Optional)

This module interrogates the ways in which international and global childhoods challenge dominant Western ideas about what childhood should be. It explores diverse lived experiences using children’s perspectives in order to illustrate their lives.

Children, Childhood and Popular Culture (Optional)

This internationally focused module follows on from Western cultural depictions of children in art and literature explored at level 4 to how children variously construct their own cultural identities through cultural engagement, social interaction and ‘social networks’

Intersectionality and Inequalities (Optional)

Intersectionality is a critical social theory, which can highlight the extensive inequalities that children experience globally, such as disability, gender, ethnicity, class, religion and socio-economic status and their complex interactions.

Early Interventions (Optional)

This module critically explores the realty and rhetoric surrounding the practices of early intervention with children and family.

Childhood Matters (Optional)

In this module controversial, topical and contemporary childhood issues that emerge in the public domain are critically explored. Evaluation of how societies respond to and engage with such issues will be discussed in this dynamic module.

Career opportunities

Graduates can progress in to a range of careers after completing their studies and will be able to work with families and with children of all ages.

Examples of roles graduates can expect to move in to includesocial and support roles such as family support worker, education and welfare roles in statutory, private and voluntary sectors, as well as teaching at primary school level.

Graduates can also progress on to further study and research.

Fees and finance

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • 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: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • 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 your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

Plus GCSE grade A-C in English (or equivalent) or new GCSE grade 4-9.

Also see How To Apply

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Senior Lecturer for Early Childhood Studies