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Childhood Studies

Course Code: UF6308, UX6309

Level: 5
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (full-time), three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Two days a week (one day if part-time) 9.00am - 4.15pm

About the course

This course is an ideal pathway for anyone looking to study with students at a range of ages, ethnicities or backgrounds in an enriched learning environment. The course provides a high level of pastoral support, especially for those who have not been in education for some years. Included in the course are study skills and master class sessions, which directly contribute to skills in academic writing and social and cultural engagement and opportunities.  

What you'll learn

The degree includes the following subjects:

  • personal and professional development
  • constructs of childhood
  • discrimination and inclusion
  • learning environments
  • theoretical perspectives
  • safeguarding
  • working in partnership
  • critical social policy
  • contemporary issue
  • health and wellbeing
  • leadership and mentoring
  • developing skills for research.
Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include English and Maths. 48 UCAS tariff points including a full level 3 qualification. Any applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but have relevant work experience or professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Students will be required to undertake a DBS check.


Assessment will be through essays, case studies, reports and research, which are directly linked to your professional practice and ongoing reflection.

What's next?

This Foundation Degree can enable you to progress onto:

Some of the employment pathways you could enter upon successful completion of the degree include:

  • working in early years management
  • family/community support workers 
  • working to support youth work teams
  • education support roles.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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