Childhood and Early Years Studies (Top-up) BA (Hons) (KAPLAN)

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About this course 2018/19

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Childhood and Early Years Studies BA (Hons) offers a unique and exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge, insight and understanding of a range of issues relating to childhood, children, young people and society. 

Throughout this Childhood and Early Years course you will be encouraged to ask the question ‘what is childhood?’ and to consider the many different perspectives from which childhood can be viewed. You will also look back historically to help understand how childhood, children and young people have been conceptualised over time, examining critical moments and pioneers of change. You will reflect upon current developments in childhood provision, policy and practice both nationally and internationally.  caption:BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and Early Years looks closely at perspectives on childhood.

The Childhood and Early Years Studies degree encourages you to draw upon your own experiences in engaging with contemporary issues such as education, war, poverty, health, disability and children’s rights through the analysis and examination of research, children’s literature, historical documents, film, TV and other mediums. 

All students have the opportunity to take up work placements and study abroad in year two

Child development is a strong theme within the programme whereby you will explore children’s development in the context of their families, communities and wider society with a focus on the earliest years of a child’s life.   You will consider how early experiences can influence a child’s development and their later life experiences, including the role of attachment, early interaction and communication in helping young children to ‘make meaning’ from their experiences.

This Childhood and Early Years course explores issues involved in researching with children and young people and considers the challenges of ‘listening to the voice’ of the child, through an exploration of the theory and practice of effective engagement with them.  You will build a set of research skills that help you both understand critically the work of others and how to undertake your own research in an area of genuine interest to you.

There is a focus on your ‘employability’ throughout the programme and there are opportunities to develop workplace skills through observational fieldwork visits and placements.  Furthermore, the programme is designed to allow you to undertake opportunities to study and work abroad during year two. 

You will be taught by a diverse team of research active academics from a range of professional and academic backgrounds including Early Years, Education, Youth Work, Social Work, Health, Guidance and Counselling and Disability Studies.  This gives you access to diverse knowledge and experience to draw upon when developing your own areas of interest.


Discover More (1)Our research, which aims to make a positive difference in the lives of disadvantaged individuals, groups and communities, is based on the belief that understanding their lives and circumstances, as well as how to overcome any challenges that they face, is often best generated by working collaboratively together.

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Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018

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