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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    University of Suffolk

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The BA (Hons) Childhood programme explores the multi-disciplinary nature of the study of childhood. It embraces academic disciplines such as sociology, education, psychology, history, philosophy, social policy and health, allowing for the diverse, multi-faceted experiences of children to be explored and interrogated.Within the programme, a variety of discreet pathways are available, related to: ‘education’, ‘disability, special needs, health and wellbeing’, and ‘society and welfare’. These pathways allow students to acquire knowledge and understanding in specialised aspects of childhood and their associated career opportunities and are specifically named in the final degree award.The first year of the program provides students with an introductory knowledge of child development, health, education and social policy. From the second year onwards, students can choose to focus on one of the three distinct pathways. These pathways will support individual students’ interests and employability outcomes. Students seeking a wider perspective on childhood, can choose modules from across the different pathways.Pathway 1: Disability, Health and Wellbeing: This pathway offers a grounding in human development from an ecological perspective; health, well-being; special needs and disability, from both a bio-psycho-social perspective and the disability-studies, rights-based approach.Pathway 2: Society and Welfare: This pathway examines welfare ideologies and the ways in which childhood is constructed within the social structures. It explores the welfare needs of children through local, national and international institutions.Pathway 3: Education: This pathway provides an opportunity for students to examine early and primary education and the underpinning values of professional practice.Work experience and development of employability skills are embedded throughout the programme and practice modules are available within specific pathways. Within the Education pathway, students can work towards Early Childhood Graduate Competencies, developed by the Early Childhood Degree Network (ECSDN) and supported by the Department for Education (DfE). This will be offered as an additional certificate promoting the understanding, knowledge and skills required for work in the contemporary and dynamic early years sector. Students who opt to pursue and complete these competencies will receive a certificate of Early Childhood Studies Graduate Practitioner Competencies, alongside their degree.The Childhood programme and its pathways provides the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of childhood for students who aspire to work directly with children, their families and/or with the services that support them. Employability has always been central to the Childhood programme here at the University of Suffolk. We encourage all students to undertake work/practice experience in whatever form is most accessible and appropriate for the individual student. This programme enables students to go into a range of careers working with children and their families as well as further graduate education such as Initial Teacher Training, Postgraduate Certification, and further studies at Masters’ and/or Doctorate level. Graduate destinations have previously been situated within the areas of education, early years provision, family support work, social care, therapeutic settings and charitable organisations.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,996per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Suffolk

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1QJ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    77th out of 84

    54th out of 79 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    108 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68.0 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    129 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95.0 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.80 76%



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