University College Birmingham Early Childhood Studies

By | 20th April 2017

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University College Birmingham Early Childhood Studies

Childhood experiences shape the rest of our lives and being part of that journey is rewarding, challenging and often surprising. We have designed our degree course in Childhood Studies to give you a strong foundation for a variety of future careers working with children.

Our course gives you the academic knowledge to succeed in this constantly-changing field as well as an in-depth understanding of children’s social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs. You are given the opportunity to turn theory into practical skills during a variety of work placements, including in nurseries, schools and special schools.

If you do not hold a full and relevant Level 3 Early Years qualification, you will be assessed in the workplace in order to achieve Practitioner Status. The full list of qualifications which are accepted as full and relevant can be found on the Government website.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will learn about the key characteristics of childhood and how to meet the needs of young children.
  • You will research how to help children develop and grow by creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning.
  • You will gain in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation.
  • You will be encouraged to develop a specialism that relates to your future career by choosing from a wide range of optional modules.
  • For your final project, you can research a topic that interests you and can be relevant to your personal interests or intended future employment.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Entry requirements

Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Tariff: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

GCSE / IGCSE English grade A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2 English. GCSE / IGCSE maths grade A*-D or grade 9-3 or Functional Skills Level 1 maths

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Childhood Studies FdA

Tariff: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

Non-tariff: Non UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.

GCSE / IGCSE English grade A*-C or grade 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2 English. GCSE / IGCSE maths grade A*-D or grade 9-3 or Functional Skills Level 1 maths

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Find out more information on Tariff entry requirements for 2017/18 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk