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BA Childhood Studies v3

BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies

  • 6

    Level 6

  • Duration
    3 years

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Norfolk House, Exchange Street

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time

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This programme will suit people who are looking for a career in, or are already working, with children and young people. Many of the students who take this programme are working in nurseries, schools or special needs schools, such as learning support assistants. Others will come straight from level 3 study such as ‘A’ levels or BTEC Higher Nationals. It will enhance practice and facilitates professional progression through the acquisition of transferable skills, such as reflecting in and on practice, working collaboratively and effectively as a team member, and conducting research using appropriate tools and methodology. You will be able to analyse ethical and professional conflicts that arise and to develop the ability to communicate knowledge and ideas in your own existing or prospective settings.

All of City College Norwich’s Degree programmes are validated by the UEA, meaning that the quality of the awards you get is assured by a world renowned Higher Education organisation.

The programme is taught through group work, tutorials, lectures, seminars, practical based research and guided independent study.

Year 1 Modules (all 20 credits, unless otherwise stated)
Childhood Development
The Holistic Child
Childhood Sector
Higher Learning Skills
Understanding Childhood
Professional Practice

Year 2 Modules
Curriculum in Practice (30 credits)
Digital Worlds
Career Management (10 credits)
Research in a Childhood Context
Safeguarding Children
Children's Health & Wellbeing

Year 3 Modules
Leadership and Management
Contemporary Issues
Supporting Additional Needs
Dissertation (40 credits)

UCAS Code: L530

Entry Requirements

Most candidates will be interviewed and will need to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of working with children. In addition, applicants should have sufficient and appropriate prior experience in childcare or a Level 3 qualification* and show the potential for successful study at HE level, commitment to study and work in the sector. It is desirable for applicants to have GCSE English grade 3-9 (A- D) or equivalent qualification. The student entry point (and target audience) for this course will typically be students with a minimum of 48 UCAS points (or equivalent). Mature candidates are welcome, if they can demonstrate appropriate qualifications and suitable experience.

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. For International students we require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: IELTS Academic (SELT) 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components). Please contact the Advice shop for advice and guidance. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage


This programme is assessed using a variety of methods including written assignments, individual and group presentations, creative workshops, field research, use of ICT equipment and software, seminars, portfolios and examinations.


The programme could also open up opportunities for post-graduate study leading to other qualifications, for example in teaching, social work and other study at MA level

Career Progression

Students have progressed into a variety of roles within the childcare and youth sector, including working in nurseries, and teaching within primary and secondary education..


Course fee per year: £8,000