**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **Early Childhood** The early experience of children in today’s society is crucial to their future life experience. Early Childhood is receiving significant attention due to its importance for securing lifelong learning and development. The Early Childhood degree at Liverpool Hope allows you to **study early holistic development from a local, national and international perspective**. The widening gap nationally and internationally between advantaged and disadvantaged children clearly emphasises the implications of supporting children and their families in their early years. There is an**optional placement** opportunity for combined Hons students. The placement will enable you to enhance your understanding of key themes and demonstrate your abilities to work in a professional context. The degree is taught by academics from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Sociology, Education, Health and Psychology. The **teaching team are all actively involved in research and have published in their specialist fields**. They are all members of the thriving Liverpool Hope Childhood Research Forum and contribute to a range of research conferences both nationally and internationally. This experience provides an informed and supportive learning environment for the student characterised by depth and challenge. **Religious Studies** Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope **explores the practice and significance of religion in contemporary society** through the study of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Indic traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. A balance between the study of religious texts and lived religion in the contemporary world is maintained throughout the degree. Religious Studies pays close attention to what supporters to these religions believe, and explores the very real differences that exist between various groups within each faith. Throughout your studies, you will **analyse and contextualise the theology behind key religions** to appreciate their history and their relevance to the social and political landscape. All of our **teaching is research-informed** and you will be taught by highly-qualified academics, all of whom have a PhD in the area, who are both active and published researchers and committed teachers. We work hard to provide top-quality educational opportunities for all our students, and the Department has recently invested heavily in learning resources; combined **library holdings** in Theology and Religion are now in **excess of 100,000 volumes**. Above all, the Religious Studies degree treats religions as lived faiths by looking at the way that they are followed in Britain and across the globe today. You acquire skills in the different methods of studying religion. The degree looks at questions of faith and life and at the same time is intellectually challenging. By drawing out the complex issues that surround religious belief and expression, the degree equips you to engage with the pressing questions of our time and to play your part in promoting religious and social harmony.