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Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

University of Leeds

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

This exciting, interdisciplinary degree offers a broad approach to understanding childhood and youth – supporting you in pursuing a wide range of careers including teaching, social work, child and family law, and youth and community work.

You’ll be taught by experts in education, anthropology, psychology, sociology and social policy – key disciplines in the study of childhood and youth – and will examine some of the fundamental issues concerning childhood and youth in the UK and internationally.

The programme takes a child-centred approach, encouraging you to consider the rights and perspectives of children on all matters that affect them, and you’ll benefit from opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge while gaining practical experience of working with children and young people.

Course Content

Our BA Childhood Studies is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of children’s lives in diverse social, cultural and educational contexts.

Teaching is based in the fields of anthropology, education, psychology, sociology and social policy and you’ll examine how key concepts from these disciplines can develop our understanding of children’s development, health and welfare, their inclusion, and their peer and family relationships.

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops that use a range of learning resources including media and digital technology.

In each year of study, you’ll undertake core modules designed to build your knowledge base, complemented by optional modules that allow you to explore topics that suit your interests and future career plans.

In your final year, you’ll also plan and undertake a piece of independent research relating to childhood and youth for your dissertation. This will allow you to put theories you’ve studied into practice, gain further expertise in an area of interest to you, and to gain experience carrying out a real-life research project with or about children and/or young people.

Career opportunities

The BA in Childhood Studies equips you with a firm theoretical base and the methodological skills to address the experiences, lives and education of children within a globalising world.

It offers a sound basis for various career paths and popular graduate career destinations include roles in pre-primary care, primary school teaching and teaching assistant roles.

Many of our students have also chosen to pursue postgraduate study in the School of Education after completing their undergraduate degree, for example, on MA Childhood Studies or MA Special Educational Needs courses, or through teacher training with our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) partners, Red Kite.

Throughout your studies, there will be opportunities to strengthen your CV. For example, you will gain practical insights into how professionals work with children and young people through modules allowing you to shadow an educational professional and reflect on how the ideas you learn on the programme apply in practice.

Volunteering opportunities with children and young people are also formally organised by the University of Leeds and current students are regularly visiting and reading to children in hospitals or working with children in schools. Representatives from the careers service regularly visit the School of Education and run drop-in sessions for BA Childhood Studies students.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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University information

University of Leeds

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  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

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    3.89 78%


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