BA

Childhood Studies

Key Facts

Code X320
  • Typical A-level offer

    CCC

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Studying Childhood studies will allow you to explore a diverse range of areas that are pivotal to a child’s development. Our Childhood Studies degree at Aberystwyth University will equip you with the skills and expertise necessary to work in a range of child-related professions.  Whatever direction you choose, the Childhood Studies degree from Aberystwyth University will give you a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding and skills that employers are looking for.

94% student satisfaction in our Childhood Studies degree scheme (NSS 2016)

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95% of undergraduates from the Department of Education who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Childhood Studies at Aberystwyth University?

The School of Education has been offering stimulating and innovative study programmes for over 100 hundred years. We were the first establishment in the UK to offer an honours degree in Education.

Our Childhood Studies programme will;

  • Push you to improve your legislative knowledge
  • Expand your social awareness
  • Improve your ability to work with others
  • Allow you to explore Sociological and Psychological factors that influence the development of Children
  • Help you to achieve your academic potential
  • We are developing our Welsh-medium provision all the time and you can study some modules completely through the medium of Welsh. Every assignment may be completed in Welsh (even if the module is taught in English) and these will be marked by one of the Welsh-speaking members of our team. Further details may be obtained from the Department
Our Staff

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

Modules

Employability

Our degree programmes offer promising employment opportunities. Our graduates have followed these pathways:

  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Child welfare
  • Play therapy
  • The Leisure industry
  • Child Law
  • Childhood research

Click on the profile names below and see what some of our graduates are doing;

Emily John

Theo Evans

Faye Ap Geraint

Sarah Hall

Academic Employability Coordinator

From Year One developing your employability is our priority and to ensure we offer the right services we have a dedicated academic employability coordinator, Megan Harnett, who liaises with our link careers adviser to tailor a package of careers education, employer exposure and individual departmental based support. Megan liaises with the careers service and external organisations to make links and connections, which are fed through to students on a regular basis. These include opportunities for voluntary work and paid employment both during and after your studies. Part-time opportunities include after-school clubs, work in the NHS and work with people with additional needs. Departmentally you will have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student employability conference alongside opportunities in being a part of our International conference that is an acclaimed innovation within the School of Education here at AU. Involvement offers worldwide insight in to new approaches in education/child development and a chance to professionally network in your sector. Our student mentoring scheme provides opportunities to both receive peer support but to also develop mentoring and coaching skills while supporting fellow students. This scheme is recognise by the University for its high skills value, and those who engage as mentors receive recognition on their graduate transcript

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Childhood Studies will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance
  • Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • Research skills

How can I enhance my career?

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

 Academic Employability Coordinator 

From Year One developing your employability is our priority and to ensure we offer the right services we have a dedicated academic employability coordinator who liaises with our link careers adviser to tailor a package of careers education, employer exposure and individual departmental based support. Links and connections are fed through to students on a regular basis. These include opportunities for voluntary work and paid employment both during and after your studies. Departmentally you will have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student employability conferences

 Student Mentoring Scheme:

 Our voluntary student mentoring scheme provides opportunities to both receive peer support but to also develop mentoring and coaching skills while supporting fellow students. This scheme is recognised by the University for its high skills value, and those who engage as mentors receive recognition on their graduate transcript. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year:

* core modules give you a solid foundation in broad subject of Childhood Studies

  • How young children learn
  • The development of intelligence, personality and perception in children

* Optional modules may include       

  • The importance of play 
  • The historical development of childhood provision in Wales and England
  • Key skills for University.

In your second year, modules cover:

  • The theories of thinking and learning
  • The development of literacy in young children
  • Bilingual education
  • Cultural diversity in education
  • A short observational period within an education or childhood setting
  • Research methods commonly employed in educational research in preparation for your dissertation in your final year.

In your third year there are opportunities to opportunity to:

  • Tailor your programme to suit your interests through your dissertation
  • Explore special educational needs or children’s rights
  • Present methods of science to the public
  • Explore Health education

How will I be taught?

Our degree is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive tutorials and workshops. All lectures are recorded so that you can listen to them as many times as you please.

Most modules are assessed through exams and essays, but projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations may also be utilised. Our exam weighting is no more than 50% in any modules. In addition, in your final year students are tasked with creating a learning game. For this project, you will have to create an academic rationale about the game and present it for assessment. 

Student Views

I simply love my course because the topics we discuss are interesting and relevant to the world of childhood. The lecturers are very passionate about the subject, which is also reflected in the varied ways in which we are assessed - we even had the opportunity to design our own game! This is so much more hands-on and realistic when working with children than a dry exam! Overall, my confidence in a variety of topics and my abilities have been strengthened which is always a good thing in any career. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who is interested in working with children and I can assure you that you are given great support by staff in any kind of academic situation! Caroline Korell

Childhood Studies is an amazing course. As the content is so broad it has given me so many chances to explore new and exciting areas! The highlight for me would have to be having the chance to carry out work placements in varied settings, gaining hands-on experience, which is essential for my future career plans. I love my degree! Chloe Tinsley-Hall

Childhood Studies is an enjoyable and interesting subject. It gives all students the opportunity to express and develop themselves as individuals. We are continually encouraged to extend our learning through extra study and activities in the department and university. The correct balance of exam/coursework ratio in the degree scheme allows students to reach their full potential. All the staff are friendly and supportive; they help us whenever they can whether academically or socially. Eleanor Thompson

Entry Requirements

A Levels CCC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
MMM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall

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