If you want to work with or for the benefit of children, it is vital that you gain a true understanding of the issues affecting them. On this course, you will gain a whole-child perspective, from pre-birth to early adulthood. You will gain practical experience through a placement of your choice, such as in a school, nursery, children's charity, youth club or similar setting. You will develop a deep understanding of influences upon children and social rights issues, giving you the platform required to enter any career involving children, from teaching through to community development work. Childhood and children's lives are considered from different perspectives. The experiences of children in different contexts, both national and global, are examined. Our staff come from a variety of professional backgrounds, adding depth and breadth to your course and you are encouraged to work together with fellow students to explore questions and issues. Our course is structured around four strands: - The Sociology & Social Policy strand looks at the relationship between the child, family, community and state. - The Psychology & Development strand investigates the various influences upon child development. - The Contemporary Debates in Childhood strand explores current issues relevant to children and childhood, including children's rights, childhood research, and moral dilemmas. - The Critical Reflection strand assists you in monitoring and recording your growing expertise to honours graduate level, and planning a career pathway. **PLACEMENTS** During your second year, you will gain practical work experience through a 90-hour work placement which can take place in settings such as schools, youth clubs or children's charities in the UK or overseas. You are encouraged to challenge yourself and undertake a placement in an area you have little experience of so you can increase your understanding of children's issues. **SCHOOL PRACTICE COLLECTION** Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.