Childhood Studies

BA single honours at the Learning & Enterprise College Bexley Childhood Studies 2020/21

Year of entry

Childhood Studies is available as a BA (Honours) and as a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies

This exciting area of study, designed for those with a relevant foundation degree, considers the influences that shape children’s development and learning, their personalities, and the critical periods that will shape their journeys to adulthood. We have designed this course for those working with children and young people aged 0-19 years in settings such as schools, nurseries, childcare, foster care, child minders,youth groups, cadets, or library services.

  • research methods linked to work-based practice;
  • contemporary issues relating to children and young people.

This course is aimed at those with 240 credits who have completed a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies (or equivalent) and who wish to gain a full BA (Hons) degree. You will either wish to enter teaching or are already working in a childcare setting or with young people.

The course will enable you to 'earn as you learn' so that you can use your work to inform your debate, discussion and critical reflection at University.

Gaining an undergraduate work-based qualification whilst working in a professional role, may enhance your employment prospects and enable you to access further higher education and professional qualifications.

You will study a variety of areas relevant to the support and development of children and young people with a focus on work-related practice. You will be able to critically reflect and analyse these issues from an academic perspective whilst relating to and evaluating these against your work-based professional practice.

You will follow a pathway of 120 credits (Level 6) which builds on your previous 240 credits (at Levels 4 and 5) gained from your Foundation Degree course or equivalent. As well as studying at university, you should be working in a child-related role (paid or voluntary) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Generic Pathway Modules  

“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)

You will follow a generic pathway for your Childhood Studies degree.

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 'practioner research' in your setting. You will be focussed in exploring your role in a variety of pratitioner-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.

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.

On completion of your Childhood Studies degree, you may wish to progress on a postgraduate teacher training course. You may choose to undertake a School Direct course or a PGCE. If you already have a wealth of teaching experience and may be eligible to enter the 'Assessment Only' route to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Graduates have progressed on to a variety of social work and specialist courses, such as speech and language, and art therapy. Many students have continued onto Masters level study.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

You will be taught face-to-face at The Learning & Enterprise College (Bexley). It is intended that the teaching would take place on one day per week or over three evenings via a 'blended' approach per module and an occasional Saturday.

The course has the equivalent of 35 taught hours and 75 hours of work-based learning. You are expected to carry out around 90 hours of independent research and study for each 20 credit module.

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.


Full-time study

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Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000
Please note

For the programme you are applying for, the University needs there to be a minimum of eighteen students to be able to run the cohort. If the University is unable to attract enough students then the cohort will not run. Where we are unable to run a cohort the University will contact those affected via the email address given on the application form, the University would also normally expect to offer those affected the opportunity to join the next cohort of the course they have applied for either at the original location that the programme was to run or at an alternative venue (once again subject to the minimum number of students being recruited).

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year based on full time (one day or evening per week) attendance supported by Work Based Learning upon completion of the Foundation Degree


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • 240 credits of advanced standing (usually a Foundation Degree or similar; for example, a Diploma of Higher Education or other accumulated credits at levels 4 and 5) in a related area).

    GCSE English grade C (or equivalent)

    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.

    Additional entry requirements

    Full-time work-based: with 15 hours per week employment or voluntary work in a child or young people's setting.

    Entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (completed by the employer).

    More entry requirement details.



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