You can opt to follow a generic or, if you have the relevant specialist credits at Level 4 and 5, an SEN specialist pathway for your Childhood Studies degree.
“I began my journey with Canterbury Christ Church after four years of wholly distance learning, I found distance learning extremely challenging and isolating. Having the support of tutors and my peers at Canterbury changed my learning experience completely.
The taught sessions allowed for collaboration, discussion and debate which was extremely beneficial for my personal learning journey. The modules were relevant to everyday practice in my work place, and allowed me to reflect on my own practice. Continuing my education through Canterbury has allowed me to further develop not only my practice but also my career, and has helped me gain a School Direct place. The twilight sessions Canterbury offered meant that I could continue to work, and study at the same time, without this I would not have completed my degree.”
Michelle Barrett, Childhood Studies, BA (Hons)
Generic Pathway Modules
Independent Enquiry Part One (20 credits)
You will be able to engage in practical review of work-based research methodology and critically evaluate the methods of enquiry related to 'practitioner research' in your setting. You will be focussed in exploring your role in a variety of practitioner-researcher ethical conundrums, leading to the development of the enquiry proposal.
Research-Informed Practice in Employment-based Contexts (20 credits)
You will explore how current research trends contribute to workplace practice. Drawing on your experience in your work setting, you will choose an area of interest related to your professional role and examine aspects of its culture, ideology and ethos.
Contemporary Childhood Issues (20 credits)
You will develop a more critical awareness of the debates surrounding the key issues in the support and development of children and young people. You will gain a broad view of childhood and child development including how different societies consider childhood, and how this relates to concepts of childhood, culture, child care, education and schooling.
Contemporary Learning Theory (20 credits)
You will develop your knowledge of theories of human learning through the study of contemporary and less well known theories of human learning. This will enable you to understand the complexity and commonality of human learning and, in particular, the lifelong experience of individual learning.
Independent Enquiry Part Two (40 credits)
You will be able to use this module to build on your experiences of evaluating and developing work-based research tasks. This module will equip you with the principles and methods based in work-based enquiry. You will plan and carry out a small-scale independent enquiry related to your professional setting.
SEN Pathway Modules
In order to study the SEN specialism at level 6 / BA Hons level you will need to have been awarded relevant specialist credits at Levels 4 and 5.
In addition to the ‘Independent Enquiry’ generic pathway modules (above), you will study:
Special Education Needs (SEN), Disability and Inclusion (20 credits)
This module enhances your professional knowledge and critical reflection, through engagement with historical and current international and national legislation and guidance.
Developing Effective Interprofessional Practice (20 credits)
You will explore how agencies and professionals work with each other to support children with special educational needs. The module will enable you to gain confidence in discussing issue and to begin to analyse and evaluate the skills that are used in working with a variety of agencies, parent/carers and voluntary groups, as well a range of professional including those from health, social care and education.
Effective Classroom Practice for Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (20 credits)
The focus of the module is to explore, define and critically evaluate the feature of effective classroom practice for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).
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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.