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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 13450 per year
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."
Ideal if you have a strong interest in supporting and working with children and their families, this Childhood Studies degree provides the broad base of knowledge and placement experience necessary to pursue a diverse range of careers.
With a broad subject area covering 0 – 11 years, this course can open the door to a variety of careers with children and young people. Whatever direction you choose to take you will have the solid foundation of knowledge and understanding employers are looking for.
Why study Childhood Studies at Nottingham Trent University?
How you're taught
We've introduced flexible and innovative ways of learning and teaching to develop your study skills and understanding of theory and practice. Methods include:
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be on your coursework and there are no formal exams during the course.
Academic support and guidance is provided through our tutor support structure. Regular tutor feedback is given on your work in order to help you improve, develop your skills and begin to plan for your future career.
Excellent placement opportunities
You have the opportunity in Year One and Two to take placements in a variety of organisations across the UK and overseas working with children.
In Year One the placement includes visit days and block weeks extending over several months, and takes place in an early years setting. You will have the opportunity to:
The work you undertake on this placement will form part of your assessed submission for the Early Learning in Context module.
In Year Two you have a three week placement in one of our partner organisations across the UK or overseas, or may choose your own independent placement.
Many students go to voluntary projects where they have opportunities to work with a range of children of different ages. This may include educational, welfare or health projects. Some examples are:
The purpose of the placement is to link into the module International and Community Perspectives where a comparative analysis is undertaken through primary and secondary research comparing another country to the UK.
Why take a placement?
Placements support both your professional and personal development so that you develop key skills that will make you more employable. They help you understand your subject and its application in real work, enhancing your cultural awareness of childhood.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
Your career development
What skills will I develop?
A Childhood Studies degree develops specific skills and knowledge around the subject of how children learn and develop. You will learn about the history and culture of childhood, as well as the major theories of social, emotional and cognitive development.
You will develop key transferable skills, including:
How can I boost my career prospects?
Childhood Studies graduates that go on to further study tend to take courses that lead to professional status. The most popular option is the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), as many graduates go on to work as primary or secondary school, early years or special needs teachers.
Other popular professional courses include nursing and postgraduate courses in social work. Employers are often supportive of further study and may support employees by providing funding or time off to complete coursework.
Your future career
A degree in Childhood Studies is an excellent foundation for careers working with children and young people in many sectors including health, education and social care.
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Childhood Studies graduates enter employment in a variety of sectors with a range of employers including local authorities, local and national charities, state and independent schools, nurseries, and health authorities.
Sure Start Children's Centres and the National Health Service (NHS) also employ graduates from Childhood Studies degrees.
Average graduate annual salary after six months*
BA (Hons) Childhood Studies: £14,000.
All universities and colleges of higher education: £13,000-£18,000.
* Unistats website April 2016
Links with industry
We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways.
See where this degree could take you with our Careers Brochure.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
Notes about fees for this course
The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.
The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.
The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
What are we looking for?
We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.
You will also need to complete:
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.
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