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BSc (Hons) Child Development and Developmental Therapies *

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above)

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation


Child Development and Developmental Therapies applies the field of child development to the practice of therapeutic working with children. Developmental therapies encompasses a range of therapeutic interventions for children (and their families) with developmental issues such as social-emotional, language or behavioural problems and includes interventions such as speech and language therapy, art therapy, and play therapy.

This innovative and multi-disciplinary degree is comprised of three core academic pathways: child development and therapeutic application; assessment and quantitative skills; and therapeutic working with children and families. Work experience is built into the curriculum to enable students to gain valuable practical experiences in working with children with developmental issues and their families.

The course is designed to develop graduates who have the academic knowledge, numerical confidence and scientific and clinical skills to work in a range of helping related organisations and roles and/or to progress to appropriate therapeutic postgraduate training programmes.

The degree has excellent links with the NHS, other helping organisations and professionals allowing students to benefit from in-class contact with practitioners and access to work experience.

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.

Foundation of Study and Research (Mandatory)
Therapeutic Perspectives (Mandatory)
Understanding Data (Mandatory)
Child and Adolescent Development (Mandatory)
Assessment and Diagnosis (Mandatory)
Research Methods (Mandatory)
Safeguarding (Mandatory)
Analysing Data (Mandatory)
Developmental Therapies (Mandatory)
Assessment and Psychometrics (Mandatory)
Language and Literacy (Optional)
Play and Learning (Optional)
Health and Wellbeing (Optional)
Dissertation (Mandatory)
Ethical Principles of Therapeutic Care in Children and Their Families (Mandatory)
Communication, Skills and Practice (Mandatory)
Applied Studies (Mandatory)
Contemporary Issues (Optional)
International Perspectives Health and Wellbeing (Optional)

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a. 

Further Information                                        

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the 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

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Plus GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).

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.

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to:

  • A satisfactory Enhanced DBS by the end of the first year of study.


Career Overview Wendy began her career as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist. She obtained her 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 lan...

Career Overview Ferran completed a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Barcelona.  Before commencing employment in academia Ferran undertook several positions as a Psychologist, where he worked with psychiatric inpatients, homeless and subst...

Qualifications Medical Degree, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila , Bucharest, Romania (1998) MSc in Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA (2004) PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis,...