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Childhood Education Studies Top-up (Online) - University College Birmingham

**Course snapshot** Childhood experiences play a major part in shaping all our lives, and working to help children and their families is a hugely rewarding career. With UCB's 'flexi-learn' Childhood Education Studies Top-up (Online) course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to succeed in this constantly-changing field. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the complex psycho-social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs of children and enhance a range of communication skills to boost your prospects for a variety of career pathways. **Who’s the course for?** For anyone interested in the childcare sector, this course will suit you if you have previously studied a relevant subject and would like a flexible approach to study that you can fit around your working commitments. **Why should I study the course?** - You will develop and enhance the employability skills and knowledge needed for a diverse range of careers working with children and their families. - Our online course offers a flexible approach to learning, allowing you to enhance your knowledge and skills while maintaining full or part-time employment. - The course offers a range of option modules, enabling you to study specialist fields relating to your preferred future career pathway. You will also explore a research topic relevant to your interests through a dissertation project. **Great. Tell me some more** Our online course has been develop to offer an authentic sense of community, using a blend of communication tools including 'real-time' online conversations and activities and web-based/email delivery. You will have face-to-face contact with module staff, personal tutors and dissertation project supervisors with the use of web conferencing software - we will offer you training to help familiarise you with this software before your course begins. The course is assessed entirely through coursework, using different approaches to encourage you to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. **What skills will I gain?** You will develop a broad understanding of the issues surrounding childhood development and the social trends shaping childhood, education and family. The course will provide you with the knowledge of how to support children with complex learning needs, as well as enhancing your awareness of legislative frameworks and approaches which surround childhood and family. Through our optional modules, you will also be able to learn about how childhood is affected by environmental factors around the world, explore the importance of listening to children in a professional context and build on your knowledge of psychology, health and wellbeing. **What about the future?** This top-up course provides you with an exceptional qualification for working in a profession related to childhood and education. It will open up job opportunities for you in child-related organisations within a variety of areas including: - Education - Leisure - Welfare - Counselling - Advocacy Many of our graduates go on to become primary school teachers or nursery school managers/owners, while others work in the social care field or supporting children with complex behavioural or learning needs. After completing this course, you can also move on to postgraduate study, including courses at UCB such as MA Education and Learning or a PGCE course.