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Childhood Development and Playwork BA (Hons)

Leeds Beckett University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    City CampusC

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Course Details

Gain the confidence and expertise to work in a range of professions across the children’s workforce. Unique learning pathways will enable you to shape your future career by gaining vital work experience from a variety of placement opportunities including hospital play, therapeutic playwork, adventure playgrounds and community and policy development work.

Your classroom-based learning focuses on the sociology and psychology of children and childhood. You will pay particular attention to the importance of play for children’s wellbeing and development, and its application in a range of professional roles. This course’s modular structure enables you to develop specialisms in playwork, child development, the sociology of childhood and social policy, and the provision and management of children’s play projects.

Upon graduation you will gain a range of practical and transferable skills, and a critical understanding of contemporary issues central to the study and practice of childhood development and playwork.

Course Benefits

You will have access to work-based learning opportunities with experienced supervisors in a range of child-focused occupations across the UK and worldwide – previous students have gone on to learn in the US, Kenya and Australia.

Job Prospects

Our graduates have achieved success in a wide range of areas, including managing playwork provision and providing therapeutic playwork services in prisons and hospitals. You could work in a range of roles across children’s services, or take up a management role in local government. The majority of our students finish their placements with an offer of employment by the time they graduate. Should you want to continue your studies and develop your expertise further, our range of postgraduate play therapy courses will be available to you.

  • Hospital playworker
  • Early years practitioner
  • Adventure playground worker
  • Local authority play development officer.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 10,500per year

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

Entry requirements

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UCAS Points : 104

64 points from two A levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies


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University information

Leeds Beckett University

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  • Campus address

    Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds, Leeds, LS1 3HE, England

Leeds Beckett University is a global university, with an alumni community based in 153 countries around the world.
Degrees available to study in-country in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal and Singapore. In-country staff provide application support and advice.
International students are eligible for scholarships of up to £5,000.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    56th out of 84 17

    56th out of 79 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    107 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    106 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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