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Childhood Studies BA

University of Dundee
5 years
Part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
September 2022

About this program

Childhood Studies BA

If you are currently working in an early years childcare setting, this part-time distance learning course allows you to gain an academic qualification to meet your continuing professional development needs.

This will not give you a professional qualification needed for leadership or management roles in the UK childcare sector. However, it is matched to meet the needs of childhood professionals nationally and internationally.

You will work with other professionals throughout the course to improve your leadership skills and ensure better outcomes for children. You will also gain an understanding of pedagogy (the theory and practice of education) and leading learning.

As the focus is on applying theory to practice, you will need to be in relevant employment throughout the course. You will use workplace-based activities, reflecting on your professional practice experience, as the foundation for your academic study.

The course is designed as a framework for you to develop, challenge and reflect upon your own values, beliefs, attitudes, knowledge, and skills.

Learning online allows you to fit your studies around your other commitments. You will be part of a supportive community where practice, resources and learning are shared.

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Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Grade entry

You need to have at least 2 years consistent work experience, working with children and young people 0-16 years in an appropriate setting.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • Overall - 6.0
  • Writing - 6.0
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Speaking - 5.5

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 1

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Personal Learning and Professional Development in Childhood Practice
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL 20)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 60

Level 2

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Children's Health and Wellbeing
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Literature Review
  • Children and Society
  • Creativity and Self Expression
  • Leading Learning

Level 3

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Pedagogical Perspectives
  • Leading Quality Childhood Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee:

  • Scotland: £ 1,320 per 60 credits
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 1,320per 60 credits
  • Ukraine: £ 4,500 per 60 credits

Career paths

When you graduate you will have gained the confidence and understanding to put your professional expertise into practice and gain promotion or a challenging new career.

Examples of recent job titles are:

  • Child Development Officer
  • Nursery Manager
  • Manager of Out of School Care
  • College Lecturer in Early Years
  • Team Leader in Early Years
  • Nursery Officer
  • Senior Early Years Worker
  • Early Years Education Officer

The majority of our graduates use this course for their professional development needs. Some people use this course as a way forward into teaching, going on to study for a postgraduate qualification in teaching, or completing a Masters in Education.

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