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The Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies gives you the opportunity to fit study around work and enhance your knowledge and further your learning.

Flexible in its format and led by award-winning academics who are also experienced childhood practitioners, this course allows you to work and study at the same time.

We believe that working with children within your studies is vital – so it’s built into the course. We also understand that you may already have a wealth of experience in working with children, or even be looking to change career paths, so through this course our goal is to help you become a more rounded professional. 

Why Study a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies?

This innovative, work-based course offers you the best of both worlds: you'll be able to build your knowledge and gain a qualification while continuing to work.

If you are working on a paid or voluntary basis with children and young people in settings such as schools, nurseries, childcare, foster care, child minding, youth groups, cadets, or library services, this course is a great option. You'll build on your existing experience and will learn new skills, so that you develop academically and professionally.

The focus on Special Educational Needs means you'll be able to explore the issues relating to this area of practice in greater depth.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold qualifications at A level (or equivalent Level 3 qualifications). HLTA status may also be accepted as a Level 3 equivalent qualification. You may be asked to attend an interview.

You must be employed (paid or voluntary) in a role working with children or young people in an educational setting for at least 15 hours per week. This course is not open to you if you do not meet this requirement. There is no professional placement option within the course.

Experience of working for six months (or an equivalent time) in a paid or a voluntary capacity, prior to entry, with children or young people in an educational setting is required.

You will also need active support of an employer, who must sign your application form and learning agreement.

It is a requirement that all applicants have a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

If you do not have English at GCSE grade C or above you will be required to take and pass the University equivalency tests for entry onto this course. There is a charge for this test. OR, if you have Functional Skills Level 2 (English) you can gain entry onto this course, with the expectation that you will independently complete the University English equivalency test, or gain a GCSE English language qualification during the course.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, but have the appropriate work experience, you may be offered an opportunity to join the course, subject to the agreement of your employer. In this case, you will be required to take and pass the Orientation module.

More information about entry requirements.

All about the course

During the course, you'll reflect on a range of issues that affect the development of children and young people. There is a strong emphasis on the role of research and how it impacts on different aspects of children and young people's lives. You will explore the relationship between child development and practices in the workplace by carrying out practical research tasks.

As this course has a focus on special educational needs, you'll also explore issues related to disability, autism, speech, language and social communication needs, and sensory impairments and physical conditions.

You will develop your academic study skills and cement your understanding of areas such as human growth and development as well as language development.

As part of your second year studies, you'll carry out an independent study on a particular area of childhood studies that interests you and you'll produce an academic report relating theory to practice.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught face-to-face at your chosen location and will also be required to engage with online learning during each module. It is intended that the teaching would take place on:

  • one day per week per module, OR
  • four evenings (Twilight) per module and an occasional Saturday.

The course has the equivalent of 35 taught hours and 75 hours of work-based learning.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

You are expected to carry out around 90 hours of independent research and study for each module.

As a work-based programme, Childhood Studies enables you to apply your learning as part of the course to your experience in the workplace. It’s a fantastic opportunity to earn as you learn!

Janice GillProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual presentations, poster presentations, resource design, case studies and essays. There is no formal examination assessment.

Assessment procedures will take account of not only your acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.

Your future career

On successful completion of the course you may choose to continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of childhood studies by progressing to the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, a one-year top-up degree.

Alternatively, you may wish to study another area, such as social work, speech and language or art and play therapy.


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time TBC N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

Applying via Blackboard

As this course is aimed at students who have already completed a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies, applications can be completed via Blackboard. For more information, please contact

Please note

There needs to be a minimum of 15 students to be able to run the cohort. If we are unable to attract enough students then the cohort will not run. Where we are unable to run a cohort, we will contact anybody affected via the email address given on the application form. We would normally expect to offer those affected the opportunity to join the next cohort of the course at either at the original location, or at an alternative venue (once again, this is subject to the minimum number of students being recruited).

Surprising Terms

You are expected to work in child-based setting (this can be a paid or voluntary role) for a minimum of 15 hours per week. If you are not able to find work in a child-based setting, you may not be able to complete your studies.

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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