The BA Childhood Studies offers you the opportunity to build a career supporting children and their families in a variety of environments.
The course will also deepen your understanding of issues related to childhood and services for children and families.
You will gain an appreciation of the values underpinning children's services and the importance of working in partnership with professionals from different disciplines. You will also address childcare-related management issues.
The placement opportunities within my course provide me with real experience in the workplace to support my future career development. They allow me to put the knowledge I have gained in the class into practice.
Sin-Yi Fu, Childhood Studies student from Hong Kong
This qualification is not a nursery or primary teaching qualification and therefore does not provide registration with Scottish Social Services Council as a Lead Practitioner.
You will have the chance to complete two, three-week blocks of work-based experience each year. Recent examples of organisations for student placements include Spark of Genius, Kirktonholme Nurseries and local councils.
In year 3, there is the opportunity to gain experience abroad, with students having worked in Italy and Spain in previous years.
Education @ UWS
UWS is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in the UK. We are ranked first in UK for Education* in the Guardian University League tables, 2020. From early years to adult education, students gain rich experience from our innovative courses and graduate with unrivalled career prospects.
We’re working to create new routes for tomorrow’s teachers. Chemistry and Physics undergraduates can now opt to earn a PGDE qualification alongside their science studies during the final 18 months of their courses.
Our students gain vital skills and practical experience through work placements, preparing them for successful careers in pre-school, primary, secondary and community education.
* ranking based on our initial teacher training BA (Hons) Education degree
overall satisfaction from BA Childhood Studies students
National Student Survey (NSS) 2017
UWS & Education: 2019-20 League Tables
Education at UWS was ranked 1st in the UK for Education (source: The Guardian University Guide 2020)*
Education at UWS was ranked 2nd in the UK overall, & 1st in the UK for teaching quality and 1st in Scotland for student experience (source: The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)*
Education at UWS was ranked 2nd in the UK overall & 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction (source: The Complete University Guide 2019)*
* rankings based on our initial teacher training BA (Hons) Education degree
What qualifications do you need?
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis. Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience. If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
Applicants who do not meet the entry criteria but hold similar childcare qualifications together with relevant work experience are encouraged to contact us for advice on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry to second year.
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Childhood Practice or Childcare and Education or Early Education and Care
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Childhood Practice or Early Education and Childcare or Childcare and Education
Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG)
Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. An application form will be sent from the University once you have accepted your offer. The fee for joining the scheme is £59.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
The BA Childhood Studies includes childcare policy at home and abroad; equality; inclusion; health and well-being; language; communication; and early literacy skills
Guest speakers will help to further improve your understanding of the subject. Recent speakers have included Professor Li Li of Kunming University who provided details on international perspectives of early years provision in China. In addition, Sue Robson of Roehampton University addressed creativity in the early years.
Studies include health and well-being, social justice and equality, multiple intelligences and self-reflection skills.
Leadership and teamwork skills are developed in a variety of childcare settings. During a three-week block of work-based learning (in this year or Year 3), language, communication and early literacy skills will be studied.
Skills management and leadership abilities are developed. Other countries’ policies and practices of childcare are studied as well as the wider Scottish children’s workforce. You will learn qualitative research methods and undertake a research project. A three-week block of work-based learning is offered, with opportunities tounderakethis overseas.
You will study towards your Honours degree and develop a specialism, deepening your knowledge of the core themes of research, practice, and inter-professional/disciplinary working, with a continuing focus on inclusion and diversity, working with families and children’s play, learning and development.
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more
UWS graduates have gained work in the integrated childcare services with children under five years, in out-of-school care, as well as in project work offering support for children and their families.
Graduates have embarked on careers as family support workers, early years practitioners and NHS community nursery nurses.
Social Work or Childhood Practice qualifications are possible depending on experience. Graduates may be eligible for postgraduate initial teacher education programmes.
Undergraduate Tuition Fees
Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2019/20
Scottish & EU
£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)
English, Northern Irish & Welsh
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Channel Islands & Isle of Man
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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