University of Huddersfield Childhood Studies

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University of Huddersfield Childhood Studies

Childhood Studies BA(Hons) 2017-18

The rights, protection, health and development of children and young people are all at the forefront of policy and debate in today’s society. The focus of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of these and other factors that shape children’s lives from birth to 19. A key difference between this and other programmes of study is that we help you to develop your understanding from the perspective of children and young people. So if you’re looking to progress into teaching, working in early years, social care, child and youth policy work and other occupations relating to children, young people and families, then this course could be for you.

You’ll explore the nature of childhood and youth in contemporary society, referencing relevant social theory and research as well as drawing on current policy and practices in the field, including your own experiences. Key topics include the study of childhood through the perspectives of psychology, sociology, philosophy and educational theories, health, wellbeing and development, the protection of vulnerable children and young people, youth identities and cultures and children’s rights. We’ll also help you to develop as a critical thinker; able to understand and challenge current approaches and policy.

During your studies, you’ll be supported to undertake a work placement. By taking part in a work placement, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your practical knowledge and help develop the skills required by employers. You’ll also be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we’ve been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education 2016 for the sixth year running.

You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following: